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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Race to the Top - Wraparound Zone Initiative
Fund Code: 209

Purpose: The federally-funded Wraparound Zone Initiative seeks to develop district and school systems to systematically address students' physical, social, and emotional health in promoting academic success. The purpose of the project is to build district capacity to support their schools' efforts to meet the non-academic needs of students and provide comprehensive student supports. Simultaneously, the project aims to improve collaboration between district and school administrators/teachers and community-based partners in order to foster positive school climates and effective academic instruction.

Many students face barriers to academic learning, particularly in underperforming schools. Often these students come to school challenged by economic, social, and emotional issues and have difficulty focusing on learning. Without the necessary supports needed to address the challenges they face, many will struggle to succeed.
Priorities: The Wraparound Zone Initiative is intended to strengthen district systems of support for schools to systematically address students' non-academic barriers to learning in classrooms. While each participating district will implement the Initiative differently based on the range of community partnerships and student needs,the district must ensure that the followingWraparound Zone Functionswill be performed:
  • Each participating school creates a climate and culture that promotes mental health and positive social, emotional, and intellectual growth for students resulting in a new standard of practice understood and practiced by every member of each school community;
  • Each participating school implements a proactive system of identifying student needs in key academic and non-academic areas leading to both universal supports and targeted interventions;
  • Each participating school integrates a range of resources to tailor the student services from both within the school and the larger community. The range of services includes prevention, enrichment, early intervention, and intensive/crisis response services; and
  • Each participating district monitors school program effectiveness, creates district-wide supports for in-school social workers, and connects families to services by convening relevant agencies and organizations.
Priority will be given to districts that:
  1. Demonstrate a track record of district and school leadership building linkages between student social, emotional, and physical well-being and their learning through professional development and strong partnerships with community-based organizations;
  2. Commit to and propose a comprehensive model that beginning in the 2011-2012 school year (FY2012) will perform the functions outlined above;
  3. Provide evidence of existing capacity to perform the Wraparound Zone functions outlined above or identify partner organization(s) with a proven track record to assist in design and implementation; and
  4. Propose a model of service delivery that promotes sustainability (beyond the three years of the grant) of the Wraparound Zone functions by building new systems for permanent integration between districts, schools, and key service providers that embed wraparound practices in the ongoing work of the district and schools.
Eligibility: Commissioner's Districtsare eligible to apply for funding in FY2012. Applicant districts must identify 3-10 schools that will be involved in developing Wraparound Zone initiatives. The Department is particularly interested in applicants proposing a K-12 feeder pattern.
Funding: In FY2012, up to three districts will be selected to implement the Wraparound Zone initiative in 3-10 schools. The district will be selected based on a three-step selection process:
  • Initial proposal submission due 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011
  • Interview site visit conducted between April 18-May 4, 2011
  • Implementation plan submission due Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Department will award the selected district with $16,000 per school, per year.* The district must additionally commit $99,000 per school, per year, using Race to the Top dollars and/or School Turnaround Funds.

Review of applications for RTTT funds for FY2012 through FY2014 will be coordinated with review of applications submitted through this Wraparound Zone RFP to ensure that districts have targeted sufficient funds to cover the costs of implementing a Wraparound Zone model.

*Pending grantee requirements being met, that district will be supported to continue and enhance the initiative in FY2013 and FY2014. Additional districts will be selected to implement Wraparound Zones through a competitive RFP for FY2013 and FY2014 funding.
Fund Use: Funds for the Wraparound Zone Initiative can be used for:
  • Wraparound Zone Coordinator salary and/or benefits
  • Substitutes
  • Stipends for meetings and/or professional development
  • Contracted partners (consultants, specialists, etc.)
  • Professional development
  • Family engagement services, e.g., Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), parent leadership, parent education, parent-child activities, etc.
  • Development of systems that support student/family needs assessment, resource referral, and information management
  • Travel
Funds cannot be used to pay for direct services to students or their families (e.g., counseling services, mental health services).
Project Duration: 7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012

Pending continued availability of Race to the Top funding, and all grantee requirements being met, the awarded grantee can apply for continuation funding for up to two consecutive fiscal years (for FY2013 and FY2014).
Program Unit: Division for Accountability, Partnership, and Assistance
Contact: Jesse Dixon email address:jdixon@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3536
Date Due: The initial proposal is due at12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011. The complete proposal with a detailed implementation plan, including an identified partner organization/program design model is dueTuesday, May 31, 2011.

Proposals must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on the respective due dates.
Required Forms:
Updated 5/10/11
DueApril 15, 2011:

  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 PDF Document Download MS WORD document   Part III - Required Program Information (Initial Proposal)
Please also include contact information for the district's point of contact for this initiative.

DueMay 31, 2011 (if selected - documents to be posted later):

  1. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II - Fund Code 209 Budget
  2. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Attachment A: Assurances
On or aroundTuesday May 10, 2011details and forms for the full proposal that are due May 31, 2011 will be posted on the Department's website and sent to eligible entities.

Note:Due to pending changes in the ESE Grants Management system, applicants may have to resubmit these and other pages in a new online form. In that case, ESE will provide training to successful applicants on the resubmission process.
Additional Information:
  • Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Appendix A - Effective Components of Student Support
Final Proposal Submission Instructions: Mail one (1) copy of the budget cover sheet and the Attachment A: Assurances documents with signature of the Superintendent to:

Mail to:
Janet Pineault
Center for Targeted Assistance
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Email the entire budget workbook towraparound@doe.mass.eduby 12pm May 31, 2011.


Last Updated: May 10, 2011
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