The application process for The Special Education Discretionary Federal Program Improvement Grant Fund Code: 249 is currently on hold. Information about how and when to apply will be posted on the SEPP headlines and on the Fund Code 249 webpage pending ESE assessment and review of administrative and logistic supports for the application process.
|Purpose: ||The purpose of this federal grant program is to fund professional development activities that will increase the capacity of personnel in approved Massachusetts private special education schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of their students.|
||The priorities of this grant program are to enhance program-based induction, mentoring, and retention programs and to advance the skills of educators through professional development activities.
All funded programs must be high quality, sustainable, and intensive in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction and outcomes for students with disabilities. Four priorities have been identified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ("the Department") for the FY2018 Fund Code: 249 Grant. Applicants are directed to select at least one priority and complete the required program information.
- Priority #1 Strengthening Curriculum and Instruction
- Priority #2 Non-Academic Supports
- Priority #3 Early Childhood Inclusive Practices for Students with disabilities
- Priority #4 Secondary Transition
|Eligibility: ||Only Massachusetts approved private special education schools and programs may be awarded funds under this grant. Agencies with multiple approved schools/programs may submit a proposal from any additional individually approved program that has an enrollment greater than 35 students.|
|Funding Type: ||Federal CFDA: 84.027|
||Approximate award amount is $149,625.
Award amounts will be based upon the total number of publicly funded students with disabilities from Massachusetts enrolled on October 1, 2017, which is consistent with the date on which the most recently available Massachusetts Public Student Enrollment count is based.
|Formula for the determination of School/program funding|
|Total Number of Publicly|
Funded Students with Disabilities
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.
||The following are allowable costs:
Funds may not be used for:
- Fringe (related to stipends only);
- Tuition costs for college/university courses;
- Conference registration costs;
- Supplies, materials, and books specifically for training purposes and professional development;
- Printing and reproduction of training materials;
- Consultant fees;
- Substitutes; and
- In-state travel.
- Computer hardware or software;
- Indirect costs;
- Direct services or materials for students;
- Food; and
- Restraint training as required under 603 CMR 46.00.
|Project Duration: ||Upon Approval - 8/31/2018|
|Program Unit: ||Special Education Planning and Policy Development|
|Contact: ||Bob Hanafin|
|Phone Number: ||(781) 338-3364|
|Date Due: ||Wednesday, February 28, 2018|
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
- Required Program Information (See information on required Activity Sheets for each Priority.)
Priority #1 - Strengthen Curriculum and Instruction
Priority #2 - Non-Academic Supports
Priority #3 - Early Childhood Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities
Priority #4 - Secondary Transition
Instructions for Completing an Application Submission in EdGrants
EdGrants Front Office User Guide: Requesting Grant Funds (payments)
EdGrants: User Security Controls
Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
Applications can legally claim expenses to the grant only as of the ESE approved start date.
||Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants
In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY18 249 [LEA # District Name]
All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director and Required Program Information.
The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process. Please note: An optional Allowable Cost Calculator is available to support district budget planning prior to completing the EdGrants budget formlet.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.
Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit the grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.
||Amendments are to be submitted through EdGrants. Refer to EdGrants Front Office User Guide: Application Submission .
If you have specific questions, please contact Bob Hanafin at email@example.com or 781-338-3364.