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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Development and Expansion of High Quality Summer Learning

Fund Codes: 527/250


The purpose of this competitive grant is to support the development and expansion of high quality, comprehensive summer learning opportunities for students in districts with high concentrations of economically disadvantaged students.

Key Grant
  1. Supports the development of a new summer program or the expansion of an existing summer program by adding more students and/or time;

  2. Offers at least 150 hours of programming (see Part III, #2 for additional details) with a focus on academic and college and career readiness skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, perseverance and other social and emotional areas;

  3. Offers engaging and innovative hands-on programming;

  4. Offers enrichment activities that will help to close opportunity gaps;

  5. Connects to evidence/researched-based programming;

  6. Creates a culturally responsive and welcoming environment; and

  7. Collaborates with a variety of organizations and leverage cost-sharing partnerships with local districts, private funders and non-profit institutions.


Competitive priority will be given to:

  • Proposals developed collaboratively by community-based organizations and districts/schools demonstrating a significant cost-sharing match.

  • Proposals submitted by school districts for schools classified as requiring assistance or intervention as part of the school and district accountability system Download Excel Document.

  • Proposals that support the successful transition of students into or out of elementary, middle, and/or high school.


Massachusetts public school districts, non-public schools, and public and private community-based organizations (CBOs) working with youth from districts and/or schools where at least 45% of the student population is categorized as economically disadvantaged.

Please Note: All applicants other than public school districts, cities or towns must demonstrate the capacity to administer grant funding through:

  • Proven fiscal responsibility as demonstrated, for example, through an annual audit; and
  • Previous experience with similar amounts of funding from government (state/federal/local), foundation, or private grants.

If the applicant also applies for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Fund Code 644 Summer Enhancement grant funding opportunity, the school/program(s) for which you are applying must be different.

Funding Type:

Fund Code 527: State / Fund Code 250 Federal CFDA 84.027A


Approximately $500,000 is available through the state line item 7061-9814, pending legislative approval to spend these funds through 8/31/19. Additionally, approximately $100,000 – $500,000 may also be available through additional state and/or federal funding sources.

Applicants may apply for up two programs per organization/district, for up to $25,000 per program to expand or enhance an existing program, or up to $50,000 per program for the development of a new summer program.

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:

Funds must be used in alignment with the purpose and priorities outlined and as described in a budget, budget narrative, and required program information that is submitted to the Department's Office of Student and Family Support.

Important Note: Students being served by these funds cannot be charged to participate. Additionally, funds cannot be used to pay students to participate in these programs.

Project Duration:

School Year: Upon Approval – 6/30/2019 (for planning and recruitment and/or any summer programming prior to 7/1)

Summer: 7/1/2019 – 8/31/2019 (for summer programming)

Program Unit:

Office of Student and Family Support


Allison Smith

Date Due:

Full Proposals: Thursday, March 7, 2019

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

Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Workbook

Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Note: Applicants must submit a separate signature page (Part I) and budget (Part II) for both school year (upon approval – 6/30/2019) and summer (7/1/2019 – 8/31/2019) activities/expenditures.

Additional Information
and Requirements:
  • Questions Webinars: Due to the competitive nature of this grant program, all questions about the Funding Opportunity documents and process will be addressed during Grant Question Webinars. Any questions must be emailed to (with the subject: FC 528 Question) and then a date(s) and time(s) for webinar(s) will be confirmed after question(s) are received. If you would like to listen in on any webinars even if you did not submit a question, please also email (with subject FC 528 Webinars).

  • Recipients will be required to utilize the Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO) for all students served by these funds. A free online training course will be provided to recipients on the SAYO tool.

  • A narrative evaluation on the funded activities and outcomes of the program(s), including a section on outcomes collected from SAYO, must be submitted by September 30, 2019.

  • For Grant Management processes, including the Request for Funds, information about requesting funds beyond the initial payment, and additional details on managing your grant, see this webpage: EdGrants: User Guides and Information.


Email one (1) complete set of all required documents, in their original Word or Excel formats (i.e., not converted to a PDF), and one scanned version of both Part I documents (school year and summer), to by the date noted above.

Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget in EdGrants and upload required documents. Once selected, grant recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

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