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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Green in the Middle: Enhancing STEM Instruction at the Middle School Level
Fund Code: 355-A

Purpose: The purpose of these continuation grants federally funded by Learn and Serve America (LSA) funds is the following:
  1. enhance Science, Technology/Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction at the middle school level using service-learning;
  2. improve students' transition to high school, reduce the likelihood of students dropping out, and engage middle school students at-risk for school failure in innovative activities to promote youth-leadership, 21st century skills development, and academic success;
  3. implement service-learning that addresses environmental and ecological needs; and
  4. encourage students, particularly those who are from low-income families and/or traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields, to consider STEM career pathways.
Priorities: Priorities for the use of these funds are to:
  1. support the use of service-learning as an instructional strategy for the teaching of STEM subjects at the middle school level; and
  2. partner with community-based organizations, local governmental agencies, and/or colleges/universities with expertise in the areas of STEM and/or the environment to design and implement service-learning activities.
Requirements for all grantees include:
  1. implementing classroom-based service-learning activities aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for STEM subjects and the National Youth Leadership Council's K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. in at least four classrooms in each grant school. Projects implemented must be targeted at meeting environmental needs identified by students through a needs assessment;
  2. documenting STEM service-learning projects and their integration into existing curriculum;
  3. providing a minimum of four STEM teachers and at least one teacher from each instructional team at each grade-level with training on effective service-learning methodology;
  4. targeting at-risk 8th grade students for a summer STEM service-learning project that supports successful transition to high school;
  5. continuing to convene a Service-Learning School Leadership Team to develop a plan to sustain service-learning practice. The plan is expected to address ongoing professional development; integrate service-learning into established curriculum; connect to the school's mission, policies, and practices; and connect to other educational initiatives; and
  6. developing youth-adult mentorships that involve students at-risk for school failure with adults from the STEM and/or environmental fields and provide opportunities for middle-school age students to take on leadership roles and improve connections to their school and community. (Note: Mentoring is not required for all students participating in service-learning and does not necessarily need to be one-to-one mentoring.)
Eligibility: The following 11 schools (through their districts) are eligible to apply for these continuation funds:
  • Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School (Boston)
  • East Middle School (Brockton)
  • Kennedy-Longfellow (K-8) (Cambridge)
  • Community Day Charter Public School (Lawrence)
  • Roosevelt Middle School (New Bedford)
  • Drury High School (8-12) (North Adams)
  • Reid Middle School (Pittsfield)
  • Sterling Middle School (Quincy)
  • Garfield Middle School (Revere)
  • Nathaniel M. Bowditch (K-8) (Salem)
  • Forest Park Middle School (Springfield)
Funding: Eligible schools may apply for up to $25,000 (plus any amount unclaimed from the school/district's FY2011 grant).
  1. A minimum of $1,000 must be allocated to support school-level training on effective service-learning instruction, as well as for participation in trainings required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate they can meet a 100% cost share. Community partners may contribute to this match requirement. The cost share may be cash and/or in-kind goods/services. Complete Schedule B and the Cost Sharing or Matching Funds Budget Narrative Form to document the proposed 100% in-kind and/or cash match.
Fund Use: Funds may be used for: stipends or salaries for staff to coordinate the initiative; curriculum development; teacher stipends; consultants; substitutes; transportation of student participants; travel; conferences; purchase of materials and supplies; printing; and reproduction of materials.

Funds may not be used to pay student participants.

Funds from this grant may not be used to support indirect/overhead costs. However, applicants may show indirect/overhead costs of up to 10% of the total grant as a match, provided that these costs are documented and in accordance with the district's approved indirect cost rate.

Note: In-kind and cash match must be tracked and documented as a requirement of the grant and cannot include a match from other Corporation for National and Community Service funding.
Project Duration: 9/1/2011 - 6/30/2012 (NOTE: Upon request, the end date may be extended for grantees proposing summer activities.)
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Kristen McKinnonkmckinnon@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6306
Date Due: Friday, July 15, 2011.

Proposals must be received via email and mail at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due. (Seesubmission instructionsat the bottom of this RFP for more details.)
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 Workbook - Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
    (Print and mail with the application all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions below.)
  3. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document   Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download MS EXCEL file  Schedule B - Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
  5. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document   Cost Sharing or Matching Funds Narrative Form
  6. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document   Grant Assurances
  7. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document   Equitable Participation of Private School Students and Teachers Assurance
  8. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD Document   Schedule C - Statement of Participation and Support (if appropriate)

*Note: The Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables.

  1. For Microsoft Office 2000/2003, you may need to change the security setting in Excel before opening the file. In Excel, click 'Tools', 'Macro', and then 'Security'. When the dialog box appears, change the security setting to 'Medium' and then click 'OK'. You can now open the budget file.

  2. For Microsoft Office 2007, you must save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).

Additional Information:
  1. View HTML Page  Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
  2. Learn and Serve America Grant Provisions
  3. National Youth Leadership Council's K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice.
Submission Instructions:
  1. Submit one complete set electronically via email to:kmckinnon@doe.mass.edu; and
  2. Mail one complete set, with an original signature of the Superintendent/ Executive Director on all pages requiring a signature to:

    Kristen McKinnon, Service-Learning Specialist
    Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: June 22, 2011
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