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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Secondary Transition Systemic Improvement Grant
Fund Code: 243

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to support the development of systemic school district best practices in Secondary Transition, to promote positive postschool outcomes for students with IEPs aged 14-21. This grant is aligned with a Results Driven Accountability (RDA) framework, focusing on improving educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities.

This grant program provides funding to Boston Public Schools and to public school districts in Massachusetts State Performance Plan (SPP) Cohort 2 who have been notified by September 30, 2016 that they are conducting Indicator 13 data collection during the 2016-2017 school year and who have 10 or more students with IEPs aged 14-21 enrolled.

Priorities: The priorities of this grant align with the following Department-wide goals:
  • Strengthen curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Improve educator effectiveness
  • Use data and technology to support student performance
  • Support the social, emotional, and health needs of students and families.
Successful grant proposals will focus on one of the following priorities:
  1. Systems and protocols for person-centered planning and the provision of high-quality, individualized transition assessment
  2. Student-led IEPs and other means to promote student self-determination
  3. Community-based programming for students aged 18-22, including work-based learning opportunities and the development of soft skills
  4. Building educator collaborations and capacity to engage with employers and support students to gain competitive integrated employment
  5. The development of systems and methods to encourage meaningful parent engagement in Secondary Transition
  6. Relationship-building and close collaborations with adult service agencies, including the development of interagency councils
Successful grant proposals will articulate how proposed activities will contribute to systemic best practices in the chosen priority area and will describe data-driven methods to achieve and track outcomes. Proposals must focus on the development and sustainability of best practices, rather than on programming only for specific students.

An electronic report on grant activities and resulting outcomes is required. An online link to the grant report form will be emailed to grant recipients by December 1, 2017, and the report should be completed and submitted to the Department by January 30, 2018.

Plans or programs to be developed should:
  1. Be evidence-based.
  2. Align with school-and district-wide initiatives and programs such as:
    1. College/Career Initiatives (e.g., Connecting Activities, the Massachusetts Model for School Counseling, MassGrad, etc.);
    2. Social-Emotional Learning Curricula;
    3. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs);
    4. Tiered System of Supports;
    5. STEM initiatives;
    6. wraparound zones.
  3. Leverage whole-school and community resources such as:
    1. Students and Families;
    2. State Agencies;
    3. Non-profit and Cultural Organizations;
    4. Institutions of Higher Education;
    5. Local Businesses, Workforce Investment Boards, Career Centers, Chambers of Commerce.
Proposals will be organized according to an explicit theory of action, detailing:
  1. The rationale and goals for the initiative;
  2. An action plan;
  3. The titles and roles of personnel who will be involved; and
  4. How the effectiveness of the initiative will be evaluated, sustained, and improved over time.
Proposals will state explicit S.M.A.R.T. goals for administrators, educators, and students.

If you will braid funds from this grant with other funds, or if you will use in-kind resources, you will be asked in the Required Program Information to detail the source and nature of these other funds or in-kind resources.

Eligibility: Eligible to apply for this grant are Boston Public Schools and those public school districts in Massachusetts State Performance Plan (SPP) Cohort 2 who have been notified by September 30, 2016 that they are conducting Indicator 13 data collection during the 2016-2017 school year and who have 10 or more students with IEPs aged 14-21 enrolled. Eligible districts may apply for this grant on a rolling basis, at any time between September 12, 2016 and March 10, 2017. Grant applications will not be accepted after March 10, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to maximize the amount of time available for grant activities. See Appendix A for a list of eligible districts and allocation amounts.

Funding: Upon Approval - 8/31/17

A total of $800,000 is available, subject to federal appropriation.
Grant amounts will range from $1,500 to $40,000.
See Appendix A for a list of eligible district applicants and allocation amounts.

Fund Use: Funds may be used for:
  • Computer software
  • Conference registration
  • Consultant fees
  • In-State Travel
  • Instructional materials or supplies
  • Membership and subscriptions
  • MTRS/Fringe (related to stipends only)
  • Printing and reproduction
  • Stipends
  • Substitutes
Funds may not be used at any time for:
  • Computer hardware
  • Food and refreshments
  • Indirect costs
  • Out-of-State Travel
  • Staff salaries
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2017
All grant-funded activities must be completed by the end of August 2017. Since the goal of this grant is systemic improvement, the effects of this funding will nonetheless be felt in changed systems long past the close of funding.

An electronic report on grant activities and resulting outcomes is required. An online link to the grant report form will be emailed to grant recipients by December 1, 2017, and the report should be completed and submitted by January 30, 2018.

Program Unit: Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
Contacts: Amanda Green
agreen@doe.mass.edu
(781) 338-3368
Date Due: Eligible districts may apply for this grant on a rolling basis, at any time between September 12, 2016 and March 10, 2017. Grant applications will not be accepted after March 10, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to maximize the amount of time available for grant activities. See Appendix A for a list of eligible district applicants and allocation amounts.

Required Forms:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download Excel Document
Appendix A — Eligible District Names and Grant Amounts
Submission Instructions: Email pdf of complete application, including signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director, to:
Amanda Green, agreen@doe.mass.edu.


Last Updated: August 25, 2016
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