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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Low Incidence Program: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Fund Code: 268

Purpose: The purpose of this federal continuation grant program is to help Massachusetts to have an adequate number of teachers who have the tools to instruct properly and accommodate students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) in their classrooms.
Priorities: The priorities of this project build upon and enhance a collaborative, sustainable model for growing the field of educators in Massachusetts who are licensed to teach students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing using American Sign Language/Total Communication. Priorities include development of:
  1. a collaborative pre-service model that will result in teacher candidates meeting the requirements for Initial License as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication - 603 CMR 7.06(27);
  2. a collaborative in-service model that will result in educators in Massachusetts having a greater awareness of instructing and accommodating students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and who communicate using American Sign Language in their classrooms, and/or meeting the requirements for Professional License as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: ASL/Total Communication; and
  3. a varied and multi-faceted model of course delivery - including distance-learning, satellite programming, and affordable tuition - that will promote enrollment through wide accessibility.
Eligibility: Only the recipient of the FY2011 Fund Code 268: Low Incidence Program: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing grant is eligible to apply. The grant application must be submitted jointly by a Massachusetts institution of higher education with a school district or a Massachusetts private special education school program approved under 603 CMR 28.09 that educates Massachusetts students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The institution of higher education must be a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved preparation program for the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication license. The collaborating school district or Massachusetts approved private special education school program must commit to providing matching funds. The institution of higher education must demonstrate the ability to generate tuition revenue that will sustain the growth of the program after Year Three.
Funding: A total of $75,000 is available for this three-year project. This is Year 2 of the project. One grant for $25,000 is available for FY2012. Funds are subject to appropriation and successful completion of grant activities during each Fiscal Year.
Year One (FY2011)July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 $25,000
Year Two(FY2012)July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 $25,000
Year Three(FY2013)July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 $25,000
Fund Use: Funds may be used for stipends, salaries, advertising costs, software, and indirect costs of no more than 9% of the grant award. Funds may not be used for tuition.
Project Duration: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 (Year Two)
Program Unit: Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
Contacts: Lauren Vivianilviviani@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: 781-338-3375
Date Due: Friday, June 17, 2011.

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 pm 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
Additional Information:
  • Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Evaluation Criteria Scorecard
  • The recipient must commit to provide the following information within 60 days from the end of the grant period:
    1. the final enrollment totals for each course; and
    2. an evaluation report.
Submission Instructions: Submit three (3) sets, each with an original signature of the President/Executive Director. Mail to:

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


Last Updated: June 7, 2011
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