Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2020: School Redesign Grant Renewal

Fund Code: 511


The purpose of this grant program 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 Grants (SRG) grants in FY19. 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: 84.010


Based on a combination of Massachusetts' federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations and federal Title I funds, LEAs are awarded a School Redesign Grant (SRG) from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Budget amounts that differ from the originally projected total must be accompanied by a compelling rationale and evidence must align with the priorities and strategies outlined in the application. A detailed FY20 budget is required and non-binding estimates for following years must be included if applicable. If applicable, FY21 funding is contingent upon a successful grant application renewal process.

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 fully implement the proposed intervention.

All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity.

Project Duration:

FY20 Fund Code 511: Upon Approval (no earlier than September 1, 2019) – August 31, 2020

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 Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Required Submission Documents for Grant Proposals:

A complete application includes two components and is due no later than 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

  1. Updated Turnaround Plan
  2. Completed Budget Workbook Download Excel Document

**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 Renewal Directions and Guidance (which includes the scoring rubric)
Download Excel Document
SRG Eligible Schools List
Download Excel Document
Eligibility Checklist
View HTML Page
Turnaround Plan Guidance
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. Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Awarded Recipients: Once approved, 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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