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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: School Redesign and Level 3 School Turnaround Grant

Fund Codes: 511/539


The purpose of these grant programs is to provide funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement Turnaround Plans in their low performing schools.


This grant opportunity is open to selected LEAs which were awarded 511 School Redesign (SRG) or 539 Level 3 School Turnaround (L3) grants in FY18. A complete list of eligible schools is located below under Additional Information. Funding is contingent upon Department receipt of federal Title I funds.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.377


LEAs awarded School Redesign Grant (SRG) or L3 School Turnaround (L3) funding in FY18 are eligible to apply for any remaining funds from their original SRG or L3 grant award. All LEA funding is contingent upon Department receipt of related federal funds. Budget amounts that differ from the originally projected total must be accompanied by a compelling rationale and evidence and must align with the priorities and strategies outlined in the renewal application. A detailed FY19 budget is required and non-binding estimates for following years must be included if applicable. FY20 funding, if applicable, is contingent upon a successful grant application renewal process to be held in spring 2019. The original award total cannot be increased.

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:

Fund use must be consistent with applicable state and federal requirements. All expenditures must closely align with the implementation of the Turnaround Plan. LEA-Level expenditures must directly support the implementation of the turnaround plan at the 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:

FY19 Fund Code 539 L3 School Turnaround: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.
FY19 Fund Code 511 SRG: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019

FY20 and FY21 funds, if applicable, are contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.

Program Unit:

Office of Effective Practices in Turnaround


Michael Seymour — (781) 338-3514

Date Due for
Grant Proposals:

Proposals must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

for Grant Proposals:

A complete application includes two documents and is due no later than 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Download Word Document
Completed Renewal Application
Download Excel Document
Completed Budget Workbook

**Note the signed cover page will be provided after the grant has been approved.

Additional Information:

Applicants should also review and refer to the following information:

Download Word Document
SRG/Level 3 Turnaround Plan Grant — Directions and Guidance (including scoring rubric)
Download Excel Document
SRG/Level 3 Turnaround Grant — Eligible Schools List and Award Amounts
View HTML Page
Turnaround Practices Research and Evaluation Reports


Email an electronic copy of all submission documents to: no later than 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Awarded Recipients: Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on completing the process, including all the steps that will need to be taken in EdGrants.

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