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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Fund Code: 317

Purpose: The purpose of the state-funded METCO Program is to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation by permitting students in Boston and Springfield to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate. The METCO program provides students of participating school districts the opportunity to experience the advantages of learning and working in a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse setting.
Priorities: The priorities of this fund source are to provide Boston and Springfield students further opportunities to achieve at high levels the learning standards of the state curriculum frameworks and enrich both the urban and suburban communities by providing opportunities and support for cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and priorities. In particular, this program may include, but not be limited to, the following priorities:
  1. Curriculum and Instruction
    1. Aligned, consistently delivered, and continuously improving curriculum
    2. Strong instructional leadership and effective instruction
    3. Sufficient instructional time
  2. Human Resources and Professional Development
    1. Staff recruitment, selection, and assignment
    2. Professional development
  3. Student Support
    1. Academic support
    2. Services and partnerships to support learning
Eligibility: School districts participating currently in the METCO Program are eligible to continue their participation in the program. These districts are Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Braintree, Brookline, Cohasset, Concord, Dover, East Longmeadow, Foxborough, Hingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Longmeadow, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Newton, Reading, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Springfield, Sudbury, Swampscott, Wakefield, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Concord Carlisle, Dover Sherborn, Hampden Wilbraham, Lincoln Sudbury Southwick Tolland, Granville.
Funding: Funding for FY17 is based upon October 2015 METCO enrollment, as determined by the SIMS reporting to the Department. For planning purposes and subject to appropriation in the FY17 final budget, grants will consist of a $3,925 per pupil allotment for instructional and support services and a base transportation allotment level funded from FY16.
Fund Use: Funds may be used for local district costs incurred as a result of the participation of METCO students, METCO transportation costs, and for supplemental services that will contribute in a measurable way to enhanced educational opportunity and academic achievement, as well as enrichment.

In the area of enhanced educational opportunity and academic achievement, services may include, but are not limited to, regular day and after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, staff professional development geared towards understanding and addressing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students, and other programs and services such as providing ways for parents to support their children's learning.

In the area of diversity enrichment, services may include training, in-school and after-school activities, incentives programs, etc. that contribute to increased cross-cultural and racial understanding.
Project Duration: Once approved (after 7/1/2016) - 6/30/2017
Program Unit: Educational Options
Contacts: Donna Pisaturo
Joanna Laghetto
Phone Number: (781) 338-3322
Date Due: Friday, July 1st 2016
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
Download Excel Document
Part I (Cover sheet) & Part II (Budget Summary) all in same Excel workbook
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download Excel Document
FY 17 Allotment Summary

Submission Instructions: Email to Donna Pisaturo at and Carole Learned-Miller at with all application forms. Forms which require a signature should be scanned and emailed. All attachments should be included with the same email.

Last Updated: June 24, 2016
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