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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Title III: English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement Program for English Learners and Immigrant Children and Youth

Fund Code: 180


Title III of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides supplemental resources to local school districts to help ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant children and youth attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English, assist teachers and administrators to enhance their capacity to provide effective instructional programs designed to prepare ELs and immigrant children and youth to enter all-English instructional settings, and promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction programs for parents, families, and communities.

Title III, Part A is one of four principal programs that are available to districts through formula grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the current reauthorization of ESEA. The other programs are Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; and Title IV, Part A.

The priorities of Title III are to:
  • Increase the English language proficiency of ELs by providing effective language instruction programs that meet the needs of ELs and increase student academic achievement
  • Provide effective professional development designed to improve the instruction and assessment of ELs, to enhance the ability of teachers and school leaders to understand and implement curricula and assessment practices and measures, and to increase children's English language proficiency or substantially increase the subject matter knowledge, teaching knowledge, and teaching skills of teachers
  • Provide and implement other effective activities and strategies that enhance or supplement language instruction programs for ELs which shall include parent, family, and community engagement activities

In addition to the above priorities, the Title III program supports Massachusetts' goals and strategies (listed below) for increasing student achievement by enhancing grant recipients' capacity to increase students' English language proficiency and academic achievement.

State Goal, Core Strategies, and ESSA Priorities

The goal of Massachusetts' public K-12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. Our five core strategies to accelerate the pace of school improvement are:
  1. Strengthening standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  2. Promoting educator development
  3. Supporting social-emotional learning, health, and safety
  4. Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools
  5. Enhancing resource allocation and data use

Additionally, Massachusetts has identified four priority focus areas under its plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act:
  • Early grades literacy
  • Middle grades math
  • High-quality college and career pathways for high school students
  • Supporting historically disadvantaged subgroups of students


Funds are awarded to districts or consortia of districts with more than 100 students identified as English learners (ELs) in the March 2018 student data transmission (SIMS). Districts interested in forming a consortium for Title III purposes were required to submit letters of intent by June 15, 2018.

See the FY19 List of Eligible School Districts and Consortia under "Additional Information" below.

Grants are awarded to local school districts after the state reviews and approves a district's application.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.365

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Title III, Part A allocations

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Fund Use:

Title III formula subgrants are to be used to fund supplemental instruction for ELs, professional development for teachers and administrators of ELs, and EL family and parent engagement. Title III funds must be used to supplement the level of local, state, and federal funds that, in the absence of Title III funds, would otherwise be expended for programs for ELs and in no case supplant such federal, state, and local funds. There is a maximum 2% cap on direct administrative costs, and a suggested maximum of 15% for travel, and 20% for supplies and materials.

Important: Please note that Title III funds may not be used to support or provide either the SEI Teacher or SEI Administrator Endorsement course or to meet the requirements under the LOOK Act.

Project Duration:

Upon approval – 6/30/2019 (Year 1)*

*The period of availability for this grant award can be extended beyond Year 1 based on utilizing the multi-year feature for this Funding Opportunity in EdGrants. Extended period as follows: 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020 (Year 2); 7/1/2020 – 9/30/2020 (Year 3).

Program Unit:

Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning


Federal Grants

Date Due:

Friday, September 28, 2018

Required Forms:
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FY19 completed Consolidated ESSA Application workbook **Please see Submission Instructions below. This document is to be uploaded with your Title I grant submission only. Do not upload to the 180 submission in EdGrants. If you do not receive Title I funding, please contact the federal grants programs at Federal Grant Programs.

For Consortia Only: Complete the Schedule A tab to reflect all districts participating in the consortia

Additional Information:
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Required and Authorized Activities
List of Eligible School Districts and Consortia
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Guidance to Consortia Memo (dated June 4, 2018)
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Title III, Part A Quick Reference Guide on allowable and unallowable costs
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Guidance to Consortia Memo

Note: Applicants may only legally claim expenses to the grant starting from the date of final ESE approval. The start date for the grant is the date on which the district submits substantially approvable budget and information for the grant. Therefore, to expedite approval, it is essential to have district staff that can be reached in July and August to respond to questions, as needed.


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 FC 180 Title III Applicant Number
For example, Abington (0001) would name the file as FY19 FC 180 Title III 0001

In EdGrants, district staff assigned the role of "control user" enter the Title III grant budget and attach a PDF of the Signature Page with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director and a Schedule A form if it's applicable.

Note: The entire Consolidation Application Workbook must be uploaded with your Title I budget in EdGrants. This is the only place your entire FY19 Consolidated Application workbook will be uploaded.

For additional submission instructions, see the "Read Me First" tab of the FY19 Consolidated ESSA Application workbook.

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 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.

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