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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

School Redesign Grant - Renewal for Cohorts V and VI
Fund Code: 511

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to provide continued funding for Local Education Agencies (LEA) to implement School Redesign Plans that are built on federally defined school intervention models at the state's persistently lowest-achieving schools.
Priorities: The priority is to continue funding LEAs and schools that show progress towards meeting goals and benchmarks established in the original grant proposal.
Eligibility: All LEAs with one or more schools that received year 1 or year 2 SRG funding in FY16 are eligible to apply for continuation of funding for the second or third year of implementation in FY17.
Funding: Based on a combination of Massachusetts' federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations, LEAs awarded Year 1 or Year 2 SRG funding from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016 are eligible to apply for funds for Year 2 or Year 3, respectively, of their original three- to five- year award. Award amounts that differ from the originally projected total must be accompanied by a compelling rationale and evidence and must align with the priorities and strategies outlined in the Renewal Application. A detailed FY2017 budget is required; Cohort V schools must also include non-binding estimates for FY2017. The original three-year award total cannot be increased.
Fund Use: Fund use must be consistent with applicable state and federal requirements. All expenditures must closely align with the implementation of the Redesign Plan and the selected intervention model. LEA-level expenditures, if applicable, must directly support the implementation of the selected intervention models at identified schools.

Unallowable expenditures:
  1. Contract buyouts
  2. Capital expenses
  3. Purchase of technology, computer software or hardware, unless a compelling case can be made for how these materials are necessary to implement fully the proposed intervention.
All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity.
Project Duration: FY2017 School Redesign Grant Activities/Funding: 9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016.

Funding for FY2018 and beyond, if applicable, is contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.
Program Unit: Office of District and School Turnaround
Contact: Amanda Trainor — (781) 338-3551
Date Due: Full Grant Proposal Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

A complete FY 17 Renewal Application Package must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Documents: A complete FY17 SRG Renewal Application package consists of two documents:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
FY17 Renewal Application Template
Download Excel Document
FY17 SRG Budget Workbook for Year 2, or
Download Excel Document
FY 17 SRG Budget Workbook for Year 3
Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
FY17 SRG Renewal Application Directions
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Final Federal Requirements for School Turnaround Grants (2015)
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Updated Federal Guidance (2012)
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Additional Federal LEA Guidance on Increased Learning Time (2012)
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Additional Federal Guidance — Addendum to 2012 Guidance (2015)
Submission Instructions: Mail or hand-deliver:
  • five (5) hard copies of the Renewal Application Template
  • five (5) hard copies of the Budget Workbook
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Assurances and Waivers page in the Budget Workbook
  • one (1) hard copy of original superintendent signature on the Grant Cover Sheet in the Budget Workbook to:

    Amanda Trainor
    Office of District and School Turnaround
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906


Email FY17 SRG Application Template and Budget Workbook to SRG@doe.mass.edu.

These documents must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

All documents submitted electronically must be web accessible. For more information, visit: Preparing an MS OFFICE document for the Web.
Other Key Information: ESE will host a technical assistance webinar session on Wednesday, March 16 at 4:00pm to provide school and district teams with assistance in completing the renewal application. District leaders, school leaders, at least one school-level instructional leadership team member, and consultants involved in completing the renewal applications are strongly encouraged to participate in the technical assistance session. You may join the webinar by using this link: RSS Web Conferencing.

Renewal Applications will be subject to a review process by ESE according to the Scoring Rubric (Appendix A in the FY17 SRG Renewal Application Directions). Any questions regarding the SRG Renewal Application should be directed to Amanda Trainor at srg@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3551.


Last Updated: March 15, 2016
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