Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2020: School Redesign Grant FY2020

Fund Code: 539


The purpose of this three year competitive 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 with accountability percentiles 1-3 based on the 2018 state accountability determinations. 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


Approximately $7.5 million dollars of funding is available through Massachusetts' federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations and federal Title I funds, for expenditure in FY20 through FY22. LEAs are awarded a School Redesign Grant (SRG) in Year 1 from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. A detailed FY20 budget is required and non-binding estimates for following years must be included. FY21 and FY22 funding is contingent upon a successful grant application renewal process.

Note: the average annual award is approximately $300,000 per year with a total award of approximately $937,000 per school over the three year grant life-span. Award amounts will also depend on the size of the school and the scope and scale of the activities proposed for the selected intervention.

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 539 SRG: Upon Approval (no earlier than September 1, 2019) – August 31, 2020

FY21 and FY22 funds 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:

Email an electronic copy of all submission documents to: no later than 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Submission Documents
for Grant Proposals:

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

Download Excel Document
FY20 Budget Workbook
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Completed Budget Workbook

Completed Turnaround Plan

Download Excel Document
Eligibility Checklist

Additional Information:

Applicants should also review and refer to the following information:

Download Word Document
New SRG Directions and Guidance (which includes the scoring rubric)
Download Excel Document
SRG Eligible Schools List
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 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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