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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Supplementary Support to School Districts with High Concentrations of At-Risk Students: MassGrad Promising Practices Grant (Summer Programming)
Fund Code: 320

Purpose: The purpose of this federally-funded competitive grant opportunity is to provide supplementary support to school districts with high concentrations of students at-risk for not graduating from high school. These students may have risk factors such as: expectant or parenting teen, having drug or alcohol addiction, previous contact with the courts or juvenile justice system, being at least one year behind expected grade level for the age of the individual, having limited English proficiency; being a gang member, being a former dropout, and/or having high absenteeism or chronic truancy.

Priorities: The priority of this grant is to provide a summer learning experience for at-risk students (as described above) in grades 9-12. Schools may choose one of the following programs for implementation:
  1. Summer Transition Program: supporting rising at-risk 8th grade at-risk students to prepare them for entering grade 9 in the new school year
  2. Credit Recovery Program: for at-risk students who are at least one year behind their cohort or who, with success in this program may be eligible for summer graduation
  3. Program to support EL students: with a special emphasis on Students with Limited Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)
*All programs must include social emotional support for all students

Eligibility: Districts and Schools may apply if:
  1. District/Schools have a dropout rate two times or higher the state dropout rate in school year 2015-16. (3.8% or higher); and
  2. A dropout count higher than 20.
Funding: Approximately $209,000 is available

Schools may apply for up to $20,000

Fund Use: Funds may be used by districts and schools for costs associated with the implementation of research-based programming targeted to students at-risk of dropping out of school. Allowable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Stipends for newly hired specialists, such as dropout prevention specialists, college and career planning specialists; graduation coaches, or dropout recovery coaches;
  • Consultant fees associated with programming;
  • Counseling services for at-risk students not already provided by a school or district;
  • Supplies and materials associated with programming (see notes below);
  • Other costs related to creative, innovative and effective programs and initiatives addressing one or more of the risk factors exhibited by students in danger of dropping out of school.

Additional Notes:
  • Funds may not be used to purchase technology such as laptops, printers, etc.
  • Funds may not be used to stipend or pay students
  • All funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, the use of local funds in meeting the needs of at-risk youth.
  • Snacks and food for staff and students are prohibited by this grant, unless specifically recommended as part of an intervention strategy and also conform to the State's guidelines on healthy nutrition. See 105 CMR: Department of Public Health section 225.100: General Nutrition Standards for Public Schools (attached).
  • Grant funds may not be used for programs exclusively serving students with disabilities or to supplant existing alternative education programs
Project Duration: Upon approval - 8/31/2017
Program Unit: Office of College, Career, and Technical Education
Contacts: Lisa Harney
(781) 338-3903

Date Due: Friday April 14, 2017
Proposals, including signature page, must be in PDF format and emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I: Standard Contract and Signature Page
Download Excel Document
Part II: Budget Workbook
(Print and mail with the proposal all four budget and budget narrative pages.)
Download Word Document
Part III: Program Information
Download Word Document
Part IV: Assurances
Additional Information:
Download Excel Document
Eligibility List

Submission Instructions: Email complete submission packet to Lisa Harney.


Last Updated: March 22, 2017
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