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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Title I, Part A
Fund Code: 305

Purpose:Title I, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides supplemental resources to local school districts to help low-achieving students in high-poverty schools meet the state's academic standards.
Priorities:

The priorities of Title I, Part A are to:

  1. Strengthen the core program in schools and provide academic and/or support services to low-achieving students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels;
  2. Provide programs based on scientifically based research that enable participating students to achieve the learning standards of the state curriculum frameworks;
  3. Elevate the quality of instruction by providing eligible staff with substantial opportunities for professional development; and,
  4. Involve parents/guardians of participating public and private school children as active partners in their children's education at school through open, meaningful communication, training, and, as appropriate, inclusion in decision-making processes.

The Title I, Part A grant program also supports implementation of Massachusetts' District Standards and Indicators and the state's high priority strategies for increasing student achievement; in so doing the program serves to strengthen the capacity of school districts to educate the Commonwealth's neediest children.

Specifically, the Title I, Part A grant program may be used in support of the following district standards, indicators, and state priorities. Please note that certain limitations may apply based on Title I school program type:

IndicatorsDistrict Standards
Academic supportStudent support
Services and partnerships to support learning
Sufficient instructional timeCurriculum and instruction
Strong instructional leadership and effective instruction
Professional developmentHuman resources & professional development
Data-based decision makingAssessment
Effective district systems of support for school support and interventionLeadership and governance
District and school improvement planning

State Priorities
Preparing all students for success after high school
Strengthening curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Improving educator effectiveness
Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools
Using data and technology to support student performance

Eligibility:A district is eligible to receive funds based on criteria established by the United States Department of Education (ED). Grants are awarded to local school districts after state review and approval of the local plan.
Funding:Title I, Part A allocations will be posted on the Grants Management website when they become available.
Fund Use:Funds may be used to provide academic, instructional, and support services for eligible students, professional development activities for staff, support for parent involvement activities, and the purchase of appropriate supplies and materials.
Proposal Requirements:Applicants must describe how their proposed uses of grant funds support one or more of the identified district standards/indicators and state priorities, within the framework of the priorities for Title I.
Project Duration:Upon approval - 6/30/2017
Submission Deadline:Monday, October 31, 2016
Program Unit:School Improvement Grant Programs
Contact:titlei@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number:(781) 338-6230
General Information:
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FY17 Instructions for Completing Title I Forms
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FY17 Title I, Parts A & D District Allocations
Required Forms:
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FY17 Title I Application Workbook (includes Cover Page (Part I) to be signed, scanned and uploaded into EdGrants separately from workbook)
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FY17 Affirmation of Consultation with Participating Non-Public School Officials (required only for districts with private school participation)
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FY17 Title I Schoolwide Program: Justification and Assurances (required only for districts with new Schoolwide programs)
Additional Information:
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FY17 Checklist and Reminders for Completing Title I Forms
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FY17 Title I Review Rubric
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FY17 Title I Question 4 Guidance & Rubric
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How Funds are Allocated to States, Districts, & Schools
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Selecting Title I Schools and Allocating Funds
Districts and agencies eligible for funds under Title I, Part D must apply for funds using the materials posted under fund codes 306/307.
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Budget detail and description of line item information
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EdGrants Front Office User Guide: Application Submission
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EdGrants Front Office User Guide: Requesting Grant Funds (payments)
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EdGrants: User Security Controls
Note: Applications can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final ESE approval. Therefore, it is essential to have district contact staff that can be reached in July and August to respond to questions, as needed.
Submission Instructions: Submit all required grant materials through the EdGrants website*.
*Please note: The URL above will not be available until July 22, 2016.

In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY17 305 Title I District Name

All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature as well as Affirmation of Consultation form(s) and Schedule A form, if applicable to your district.
Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls document provided in the Additional Information section to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.


Last Updated: July 18, 2016
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