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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant
Fund Code: 323-P, 295

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to deepen, extend and disseminate understanding, strategies and implementation of supports for economically disadvantaged students, with a focus on students with disabilities and an emphasis on cultural competency and proficiency.
Priorities: Grant allocations will provide support to districts for expenses for staff to participate in initiatives and activities that support continued implementation of learning from the ESE Low-Income Education Access Project (LEAP). All grant funded activities must support the core values of the ESE Center for District Supports:
  1. Promote equity, access and culturally proficient practices
  2. Achieve meaningful improvement in student learning in chronically low performing schools and districts

Priority will be given to initiatives and activities that:
Optional:
  • Extend learning to additional educators within districts represented in the 2016 Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty grant
  • Share learning across districts through presentations by workshop participants, professional learning groups focused on teaching students in poverty, and/or book studies focused on teaching students in poverty
  • Create and pilot an original Reusable Learning Object1 to be shared with the Department and made publically available
  • Are aligned with and integrated into existing district goals, systems and strategies
Required:
  • Clearly articulate how students with disabilities will be better served as an outcome of the activity
  • Articulate clear cultural competency and proficiency goals, and how progress will be measured
  • Any products developed through this grant will be shared with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Document district strategies and progress at improving educator capacity to address the needs of students in poverty
  • Grantees will develop action plans before the conclusion of the grant cycle articulating next steps for improving outcomes for students in poverty
Eligibility: A district eligible to apply for the 2017 Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty grant may only apply once, either as a single district or in partnership with other districts. Eligibility is as follows:
  1. Level 3, 4 and 5 districts working with the Low Income Education Access Project (LEAP) may apply as single districts or in partnership with other districts:

    Boston (L4)
    Chicopee (L3)
    Fall River (L4)
    Fitchburg (L3)
    Holyoke (L5)
    Lynn (L3)
    Malden (L3)
    Orange (L3)
    Randolph (L4)
    Taunton (L3)
    Worcester (L4)

  2. Level 2 districts working with the LEAP initiative may apply only in partnership with any Level 3, 4 or 5 district:

    Acton-Boxborough (L2)
    Andover (L2)
    Brookline (L2)
    Everett (L2)
    Gloucester (L2)
    Hopkinton (L2)
    Medfield (L2)
    Nashoba Regional (L2)
    Needham (L2)
    North Attleborough (L2)

  3. Level 3, 4 or 5 districts not working with the LEAP initiative may only apply in partnership with a district that IS working with the LEAP initiative (see above lists).

Funding: Up to $94,693 is available through Federal Title I School Improvement funds and $50,000 in Special Education funds, to be distributed among eligible districts. Awards will be dependent upon the number of districts requesting funds.
Fund Use: Fund use must be consistent with the priorities described above and requirements associated with the funding source:

Special Education School Support Funds (Fund Code 295) must support improvement of teaching and learning for students with disabilities.

Title I School Improvement Funds (Fund Code 323-P) must support improvement initiatives in Title I schools in Level 3, 4 or 5 status. All funds from this source must be attributed to eligible Title I schools.

Funds may be used for the following:
  1. Stipends for educators to participate in designated professional development beyond contractual hours or payment for substitutes while teachers participate in professional development aligned to the Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development;
  2. In-state travel and mileage associated with attendance at professional development;
  3. Materials or supplies directly related to proposed professional development, including purchase of books for use in book studies.
Funds may not be used from either fund code to provide refreshments.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2017
Program Unit: School Improvement Grant Programs and Regional System of Support
Contacts: David Parker
Phone Number: (781) 338-3466
Date Due: Letter of Intent to apply for Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant funding: March 10, 2017.
All districts intending to apply to participate in this grant opportunity must submit a Letter of Intent to apply for funds by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017. (i.e., every district in a given partnership must submit a letter of intent, not just the partnership lead.)

Districts planning to apply for funds must indicate their intent to do so in a letter, which may be submitted via email, to schoolimprovementgrants@doe.mass.edu. Your letter should indicate:
  • Whether you are applying as a single district or as part of a partnership
  • The names, accountability levels, and Title 1 status of each school in your district that will be directly involved in grant activities. (Level 3, 4 and 5 Title I schools are eligible to receive 323-P Title I funds.)
  • The name, role and contact information for your district's grant contact.
Districts applying as part of a partnership should also:
  • Indicate the names of all districts participating in the partnership
  • Provide the accountability level of each participating district
  • Identify the partnership lead district, which will submit a single grant narrative on behalf of the partnership.
  • The name, role, district, and contact information for the partnership's lead contact
The letter does not need to include any dollar amounts, just an indication of the district's intent to apply for funds. Dollar amounts will be determined by the number of districts and related schools applying for funds. Award announcements will be made as soon as possible after March 10, 2017

For your convenience, a form letter that fulfills this requirement is included in Appendix A of this RFP. Districts may complete or adapt this form and submit it via e-mail. (See submission instructions, below, in Required Forms).

Complete proposals: April 14, 2017

Complete proposals are due by April 14, 2017. Applicants may submit proposals before the grant deadline. Proposals will be processed as they are received.

Districts proposing to fund school-year activities must submit a proposal to ESE at least four weeks before planned expenditures.
Required Forms: Districts applying for funding must submit a grant application that includes all of the following required forms:

  
A letter of Intent to apply for the Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant is required by 5PM on March 10, 2017. Any district that does not submit this letter of intent by March 10 will lose its eligibility to apply for this grant opportunity.

Completed proposals will include:
  
Part I and II — Electronic Budget Workbooks (includes the Standard Contract and Application for Program Grants and Budget Detail Pages):
Download Excel Document
Fund Code 323-P: Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant for Title I Eligible Schools;
Download Excel Document
Fund Code 295: Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant
  
(Although each partnership will submit a single grant narrative, each participating district in that partnership will create its own budget workbook, which the partnership lead will submit on its behalf along with the grant narrative)

Download Word Document
Part III Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant Narrative Form. Applicants will use this form to provide a narrative describing how grant funds will be used, the rationale for using funds in this way, and how grant-funded activities will impact professional practice and student outcomes.

Additional Information: Each grant recipient (district or partnership must complete a brief Grant Final Report to be submitted no later than Monday, October 31, 2017.

Download Word Document
Part III Plan for Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant Fund Use Instructions. This provides information for completing the grant application.
Download Word Document
Appendix A: Sample Letter of Intent. This document provides sample language for districts to submit a Letter of Intent to apply for Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant funding, including applying in partnership with other districts.
Download Word Document
Appendix B: Enhancing Supports for Students in Poverty Grant Final Report Template: Each grant recipient is required to complete a brief final grant report no later than October 31, 2017.
Submission Instructions: Completed grant proposals may be emailed to schoolimprovementgrants@doe.mass.edu.

Complete submissions must include:
  • A copy of the Signature Page with the signature of the Superintendent for each participating district in a partnership. (A signed, scanned copy may be submitted via email.) The lead district will gather and submit together all budget workbooks and cover pages from the partnership.

  • The Budget Workbook for each participating district in a partnership, and

  • Required program information (i.e., grant narrative)



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Last Updated: February 28, 2017
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