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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Supplementary Support to School Districts with High Concentrations of At-Risk Students
Fund Code: 320 (Formerly 305-A)

Purpose: The purpose of this federally-funded grant program is to provide supplementary support to school districts and charter schools with high concentrations of students at-risk for academic failure, delinquency, and/or dropping out of school.
Priorities: The priority of this grant is to provide at-risk students in grades 6-12 with academic, social, behavioral, nutritional/health/fitness, and/or other programs, enrichment opportunities, and services that are known to mitigate the potential for academic failure, delinquency, and/or dropping out of school. Intended outcomes include improving attendance and punctuality, increasing participation of students in existing before-and after-school academic and other enrichment and support programs, and reducing at-risk behaviors that could lead to delinquency.
Eligibility: See attached Download PDF document Download MS EXCEL document  school district eligibility list. Eligible school districts were determined based on at-risk data from the Department's Early Warning Indicator Index (EWII) as well as actual dropout data. Only public schools receiving federal Title I funds are eligible for this grant.
Funding: Total grant funding available is approximately $1,179,000. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis; there is no guarantee all eligible districts will be awarded a grant. A district's maximum eligibility amount is based on its having twenty percent and at least twenty five students in the borderline, high, and very high risk categories as well as having a dropout rate above the statewide average as shown in the attached Fund Code 320 Eligibility List.
Fund Use: Funds can be used by Title I school districts for costs associated with the initiation or maintenance of effective programs targeting at-risk behavior and preventing at-risk students * from dropping out of school. Districts intending to use funds to maintain existing programs must provide evidence that, due to budget cuts or otherwise, current year funding is insufficient to continue quality implementation of the program(s). Allowable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Stipends for newly hired specialists, such as dropout prevention specialists, graduation coaches, or dropout recovery coaches, to work during or after school with at-risk students;
  • Consultant fees;
  • Counseling services for at-risk students not already provided by a school or district;
  • Supplies and materials associated with programming (see notes below)
  • Incentives, including out-of-school nutrition and/or health-related fees, such as low-cost or group memberships to community-based organizations working specifically with at-risk students; and
  • Other costs related to creative and effective programs and initiatives addressing one or more of the risk factors exhibited by students in danger of dropping out of school or disrupting the school environment.
* Eligible students for the purposes of this grant program are school-aged individuals who are at-risk of academic failure or dropping out of high school. These students may have risk factors such as: being pregnant or a parent, having drug or alcohol addiction, previous contact with the juvenile justice system, being at least one year behind the expected grade level for the age of the individual, having limited English proficiency, being a gang member, being a former high school dropout, or having a high absenteeism rate at school.

Additional Notes:
  • All funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, the use of local funds in meeting the needs of at-risk children and youth.
  • Grant recipients will be expected to prepare a final report evaluating the effectiveness of grant program, discussing the impact of the grant on student achievement, school attendance, and/or other positive changes realized as a result of the grant. Participation in a possible continuation grant for FY13 will be contingent upon promising evaluation results.
  • Snacks and food for staff and students are prohibited by this grant, unless specifically recommended as part of an intervention strategy and also conform to the State's new guidelines on healthy nutrition. See 105 CMR: Department of Public Health section 225.100: General Nutrition Standards for Public Schools (attached).
Project Duration: Upon Approval to 8-31-2012
Program Unit: School Improvement Grant Programs
Contact: School Improvement Grant Programs:
Phone Number: (781) 338-6259
Date Due: January 31, 2012
The proposal must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download MS EXCEL file  Electronic Workbook
    Note: Included in the Workbook are:
    1. Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants; and
    2. Part II - Budget Detail Pages, including Form AM1 for future use
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Attachments: The following links and resources, although not exhaustive of all research and resources in the field of at-risk and dropout prevention, should be reviewed by applicants in preparing the grant proposal:
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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Dropout Reduction: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery
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The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (U.S. Department of Education (USED)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Coordinated School Health Program (Nutrition, Health, and Safety)
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: OJJDP Model Programs Guide
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Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
In particular applicants should refer to the following attached research materials:
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Making the Connection, A Report of the Massachusetts Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery Commission
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Meeting the Challenge: Fiscal Implications of Dropout Prevention in Massachusetts
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Toward Safe and Orderly Schools - The National Study of Delinquency Prevention in Schools
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Risk Factors for Delinquency: An Overview (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice)
..........(search specific publication at site)
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Other Attachment: Evaluation Criteria Scorecard to be use by ESE reviewers
Submission Instructions: Submit 2 hard copy sets of the grant proposal (Part I cover sheet with original signature of superintendent, Part II budget workbook, and Part III Narrative responses) to:

Russ Fleming
School Improvement Grant Programs
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Email all files as well to by due date.

Last Updated: January 31, 2012
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