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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Improve Services: Cooperative Services Plan
Fund Code: 115

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to provide one time funding: to support improved service delivery through innovative and cost effective approaches; to create operational efficiencies that might be shared with other districts and to encourage regional planning or other cooperative services within and between school districts and/or local education authorities.
Priorities: Priority will be given to school districts that provide evidence that demonstrates:
(1) how the grant will improve educational services or expand cooperative ventures with municipalities or other districts, 2) how the results of the proposal might be shared with other districts to improve services 3) how the results of the proposal will be sustained in future operations; and 4) measurable results from this one time funding.
Eligibility: Eligible school districts are those local education authorities whose chapter 70 aid in fiscal year 2012, as a percentage of the foundation budget, is less than that local education authorities' target aid share for fiscal year 2012. Eligibility Information may be found on the "summary page of the FY12 Chapter 70 and Net School Spending Requirement" located at Chapter 70 Program webpage. A consortium of districts or a regional district may apply if one or more of the participants or members meet these criteria.
Funding: $1,000,000 is available. If multiple districts/municipalities are involved, the application must designate a lead district or municipality that will manage the grant funds. Identify all districts/municipalities involved in this planning effort. Planning grant awards may be limited to $30,000.
Fund Use: Districts may use these funds to support regionalization initiatives or other cooperative plans involving coordination or improvement of curriculum, educational services or financial, business or administrative operations. Funds cannot be used to support school construction or renovation, feasibility studies or for architectural services. Districts or municipalities that receive these awards will be required to submit a final report to ESE documenting the outcomes of the grant and describing how these funds were used to improve district operations. Final reports should include sufficient documentation such that another local government entity could use the report as a guide to replicating the initiative.
Project Duration: Upon Approval- June 30, 2012. Projects must be completed before or by June 30, 2012. However, special consideration may be given to extended timelines if the applicant can show that the activities required to meet the goals of the project plan can not be accomplished by June 30. Applicants must submit a project timeline detailing the activities and the associated costs that may be needed beyond June 30, 2012.
Program Unit: School Finance and District Support
Contact: Christine M. Lynch e-mail address:clynch@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6520
Date Due: Timeline for applying for Grant 115 - Improved Services: Cooperative Services Plan has been extended until APRIL 6, 2012.

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due. If sufficient viable applications are not received, the application deadline may be extended
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Submission Instructions: Submit two sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent. If multiple districts are involved include the signature of the Superintendent of all involved districts. If the plan is to support municipal and district improvements, include the signature of the Mayor or Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen.

Mail to:

Christine M. Lynch
School Finance and District Support
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: March 30, 2012
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