Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: OpenSciEd Materials

Fund Code: 116

Purpose:The purpose of this grant is to provide reimbursement for materials to districts that are currently participating in piloting the OpenSciEd middle school science curriculum.
Priorities: Supporting districts to make decisions about curricular materials recognizing:
  • Mounting evidence that suggests that providing teachers with access to high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials can significantly improve student outcomes;
  • Well-designed curricular materials can refocus teachers' workloads, deepen their pedagogical content knowledge, and increase coherence within and across grades; and
  • Ensuring curricular materials' quality and alignment to standards costs less, builds more human capacity, and scales more easily than many other "interventions" in education.
Eligibility: The following districts are eligible to apply for this grant:
  • Boston
  • Weymouth
  • Framingham
  • Revere
Funding Type:Trust
Funding: Approximately a total of $18,500 is available to be awarded.

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:Districts can only use funds to be reimbursed for curriculum materials needed to pilot the OpenSciEd curriculum. When submitting the budget, provide the materials line item 7 of the budget only.
Project Duration:Upon Approval – 6/30/2019
Program Unit:Center for Instructional Support
Contact: Erin Hashimoto-Martell
Phone Number:(781) 338-3551
Date Due:Monday, April 22, 2019

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
Part II — Budget Template (This is a budget template for the applicant to use as part of planning discussions prepare for officially entering it into EdGrants. The actual final budget will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.)

Submission Instructions: 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:

FY19 116 OpenSciEd Materials Applicant 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 Superintendent's signature as well as Schedule A form, if applicable to your district. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.

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

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