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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

School Redesign Grant Cohort VII
Fund Code: 511

Purpose: The purpose of this competitive 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 this grant opportunity.

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 Scoring Rubric below under Additional Information).

A complete list of eligible schools can be found under the Additional Information section.

Funding Type: Federal CFDA: 84.377

Funding: Approximately $8.5 million in funding is available through Massachusetts' FFY15 and FFY16 federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocation, for expenditure in FY2018 to FY2021 (through August 31, 2021). Funding for subsequent years is contingent upon successful annual reapplication for this grant.

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 FY2018 budget will be required, with non-binding estimates for FY2019 - 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: FY2018 School Redesign Activities/Funding: Upon Approval - (July 1, 2017) - August 31, 2018.

FY2019 through FY2021 SRG funds are contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.
Program Unit: Office of Effective Practices in Turnaround
Contact: Amanda Trainor
Phone Number: (781) 338-3551
Date Due:Monday, May 8, 2017

Proposals must be received at the Department by no later than 12:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
 
SRG Application Introduction (refer to "Submission Requirements" document below)
 
Turnaround Plan (refer to "Turnaround Plan Guidance" and "Turnaround Plan Template" documents below)
Download MS EXCEL Document
Federal Models Checklist Workbook
Download MS EXCEL Document
Budget Workbook
Additional Information: The Department will conduct required interviews of LEA/school level teams applying for this grant as part of the grant review process. Interviews will be scheduled approximately May 15-19, 2017. LEAs must ensure that appropriate representatives are available during these days.

In developing their grant applications, districts should review and refer to the following information:
Download MS WORD Document
Submission Requirements
Download MS WORD Document
Scoring Rubric
Download MS EXCEL Document
List of Eligible Schools
Download MS WORD Document
Turnaround Plan Guidance
Download MS WORD Document
Turnaround Plan Template
View HTML Page
2016 Turnaround Practices Research
Download PDF Document
2014 Turnaround Practices Report
View External Link
Final Federal Requirements for School Turnaround Grants (2015)
View External Link
Updated Federal Guidance (2012)
View External Link
Additional Federal LEA Guidance on Increased Learning Time (2012)
View External Link
Additional Federal Guidance — Addendum to 2012 Guidance (2015)


Submission Instructions: Mail or hand-deliver:

Five (5) hard copies of Turnaround Plan and Budget Workbook (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. Monday, May 8, 2017.

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 Monday, May 8, 2017.

Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget and Part I in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.


Last Updated: April 3, 2017
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