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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

Title V-B(2): Rural and Low-Income School Program
Fund Code: 690

Purpose: The Rural and Low-Income School Program, Title V-B(2) of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, is designed to meet the needs of rural, low-income school districts that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete for federal competitive grants. These districts often receive formula allocations in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes. Supported activities must align with applicable District Standards and Indicators and Conditions for School Effectiveness. For more information on District Standards and School Conditions, see District and School Accountability.

Priorities: The allowable use of Title V-B(2) funds are to carry out activities authorized under:
  1. Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by school districts);
  2. Title II, Part A (Supporting Effective Instruction);
  3. Title III (Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students);
  4. Title IV, Part A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants); and,
  5. parental involvement activities.
Eligibility: Gill-Montague, Greenfield, and Provincetown Public Schools are the only eligible districts in the Commonwealth at this time.
A school district is eligible to receive funds under this program if:
  1. 20 percent or more of the students ages 5 through 17 served by the district are from families with incomes below the federal census poverty line;
  2. All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43. (locale codes are listed at National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)).
Funding Type: Federal CFDA: 84.358
Funding: The amount of funds for which the school district may apply will be sent in a separate mailing.

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.

Fund Use: The district must spend funds in accordance with the district's improvement plan.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2018
Program Unit: Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning
Contacts: Alex Lilley
Phone Number: (781) 338-6212
Date Due: Friday, November 17, 2017
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

Download Excel Document
Application Workbook (includes Budget Detail Pages, Part II Required Program Information and Part III Assurances and Signature Page)

Additional Information:
View HTML Page
Budget detail and description of line item information
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
EdGrants Front Office User Guide: Application Submission
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
EdGrants Front Office User Guide: Requesting Grant Funds (payments)
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EdGrants: User Security Controls

Submission Instructions: Submit all required grant materials through the EdGrants website.

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 690 District Code

All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. This includes the Excel version of the application workbook, scanned PDF copy of the grant assurances, and a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature.

Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls document provided in the Additional Information section to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.


Last Updated: October 20, 2017
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