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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

School Redesign Grant - Cohort VII
Fund Code: 511

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to provide funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement School Redesign Plans that are built on federally defined school intervention models—Turnaround, Restart, Transformation, Closure, Whole-School Reform, or Early Learning, (see "Summary of Federal Intervention Models" in additional information below) in the state's eligible schools.
Priorities: Level 4 schools that have not previously received School Redesign Grant (SRG) funds, Level 4 high schools in Level 5 districts, and priority schools in Level 5 districts that have yet to receive SRG funding will receive priority for funding in SRG Cohort VII.
Eligibility: LEAs with Level 4 schools that have not previously received SRG funding, Level 4 high schools in Level 5 districts, and priority schools in Level 5 districts who have not received SRG funding in the past will receive priority for funding in SRG Cohort VII are eligible to apply for FY17 funding to implement one of the required intervention models if they meet funding requirements.

Districts may apply for full implementation or for a "Planning Year" period, consistent with federal SIG regulations. All applications are subject to competitive review process and will be reviewed for compliance with applicable federal and state requirements and for alignment with the purposes of this grant (see attached Scoring Rubrics).

LEAs/schools applying for a "Planning Year" will be eligible to apply for full implementation for school year 2017-2018 in the spring of 2017. Additional details will be provided at a later date.

A complete list of eligible schools and prioritization for funding can be found under the Additional Information section.
Funding: Approximately $10 million in funding is available through Massachusetts' FFY15 and FFY16 federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocation, for expenditure in FY2017 to FY2021 (through August 31, 2021). Districts may apply for a minimum of $50,000 and up to a maximum of $2 million per school per year for each of the fiscal years of implementation. (Note: the average annual award is approximately $500,000 per school). Award amounts will also depend on the size of the school and the scope and scale of activities proposed for the selected intervention.

A detailed FY2017 budget will be required, with non-binding estimates for FY2018 - FY2021 dependent on annual renewal of the grant award.
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 must directly support the implementation of the selected intervention models at identified schools.

Unallowable expenditures:
  • Contract buyouts.
  • Capital expenses.
  • 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 Activities/Funding: Upon Approval – (Approximately December 1, 2016) - August 31, 2017.

FY2018 through FY2021 SRG funds are contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.
Program Unit: Office of Effective Practices in Turnaround
Contact: Amanda Trainor — (781) 338-3551
Date Due for Grant Proposals: Proposals must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016
Other Key Information: The Department will conduct required interviews of LEA/school level teams applying for full implementation in school year 2016-2017 at the Department's offices in Malden as part of the grant review process November 14-17. LEAs must ensure that appropriate representatives are available during these days.

Required interviews of LEA and school teams applying for "Planning Year" Implementation will be held in the spring of 2017. Additional information will be provided at a later date.
Required Documents for Full Implementation Proposals: A complete Full Implementation application includes four documents and is due Monday, November 7, 2016
SRG Application Introduction (refer to "Full Implementation Submission Requirements" document below)
Turnaround Plan (refer to "Turnaround Plan Guidance" and "Turnaround Plan Template" documents below)
Download Excel Document
Federal Models Checklist Workbook
Download Excel Document
Budget Workbook
Required Documents for Planning Year Proposals: A complete "Planning Year" application includes two documents and is due Monday, November 7, 2016
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Planning Year Information and Application Template
Download Excel Document
Budget Workbook
Additional Information: Applicants should review and refer to the following information:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Full Implementation Submission Requirements
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Full Implementation Scoring Rubric
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Planning Year Scoring Rubric
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Summary of Federal Intervention Models
Download PDF Document  Download Excel Document
Eligible Schools List
Download Word Document
Turnaround Plan Guidance
Download Word Document
Turnaround Plan Template
Download Word Document
2014 Turnaround Practices Report
View External Link
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:
  • One (1) hard copy of Complete SRG Application Package (double-sided if possible) including original superintendent signatures to

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


    These documents must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016.
Email a web accessible electronic copy of the all submission documents to: SRG@doe.mass.edu.

All documents submitted electronically must be web accessible. For more information, visit: Preparing an MS OFFICE document for the Web.

These files must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on November 7, 2016.


Last Updated: October 13, 2016
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