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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Special Education - Program Improvement
Fund Code: 249

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to fund professional development activities that will improve the skills and capacity of educators in approved Massachusetts private special education schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of their students.
Priorities: The priorities of this grant program are designed to advance the knowledge and skills of educators working with students with disabilities through high-quality, job-embedded, and sustained professional development activities.

Four priorities have been identified by the Department for the FY2012 Fund Code: 249 Grant. Applicants are directed to select at least one priority and complete the required program information.
  • Priority #1 - Educator Effectiveness
  • Priority #2 - Content Knowledge
  • Priority #3 - Non-Academic Supports
  • Priority #4 - Secondary Transition
Eligibility: Only Massachusetts approved private special education schools and programs may be awarded funds under this grant. Agencies with multiple approved schools/programs may submit a proposal from any additional individually approved program.
Funding: Up to $260,000 is available for this program. Award amounts will be based upon the total number of publicly funded special education students from Massachusetts enrolled on October 1, 2011, which is consistent with the date on which the Massachusetts Public Student Enrollment count is based.

The amount of funds for which each school/program may apply is indicated below.
Grant Allocation Figures
Total Number of PubliclyFunded Special Education Students Allocation
1-9$1,000
10-29$1,500
30-49$2,000
50-79$2,500
80-99$3,000
100+$3,500
Fund Use: The following are allowable costs.
  • stipends
  • fringe (related to stipends only)
  • tuition costs for college/university courses
  • conference registration costs
  • supplies, materials, and books specifically for training purposes and professional development
  • printing and reproduction of training materials
  • consultant fees
  • substitutes
  • in-state travel
Funds may not be used for:
  • computer hardware or software;
  • indirect costs;
  • direct services or materials for students;
  • out-of-state travel; and
  • restraint training as required under 603 CMR 46.00.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Contact: Tara Gestrich tgestrich@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3369
Date Due: Friday, February 17, 2012
Proposals must be received at the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
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 (See information on required Special Education Activity Sheets.)
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Priority 1 Educator Effectiveness
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Priority 2 Content Knowledge
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Priority 3 Non-Academic Supports
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Priority 4 Secondary Transition
Additional Information:
  • Applications can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval.
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) Conferences - School personnel are encouraged strongly to participate in Department Program Improvement Grant Conferences during the grant period. The Department will provide conference information to eligible grant recipients.
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

Lisa Hanafin
Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: February 2, 2012
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