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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Green in the Middle (GIM) Enhancement Activities
Fund Code: 355-C

Purpose: The overall purpose of these federal Learn and Serve America funds is to increase the use of service-learning as a strategy for implementing the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (K-12), particularly the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) standards.
Priorities: Funded programs will carry out one or more of the following activities:
  1. Implement, document, and present a "green" service-learning project(s) that incorporates learning in the grade six through eight science, technology/engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) standards and incorporates the elements of quality service-learning practice. Teachers and students involved in these projects will present them at a Green in the Middle Youth Summit to be held in June. (Date and location are still to be confirmed; information will be forwarded to grant recipients as soon as it is available.) Curriculum materials developed must also be shared electronically with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (via and posted to the Contextual Learning Portal.
  2. Increase, enhance, and/or create summer program services for students transitioning to high school that include opportunities for participating students to engage in one or more "green" service-learning projects.
  3. Provide professional development for school (and district) educators on quality service-learning practice, with an emphasis on making connections to the STEM standards.
  4. Convene a professional learning community (PLC) to create and/or adapt curriculum to incorporate service-learning as a methodology for teaching the grade six through eight STEM standards. Curriculum materials developed must be shared electronically with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (via and posted to the Contextual Learning Portal.
Eligibility: The following 10 schools, currently funded in fiscal year 2011-2012 (FY12) through the Green in the Middle (GIM) Fund Code 355 grant, are eligible to apply (through their districts) for these funds:
  • 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 districts may apply for up to $5,000 per activity (see Priorities) and for up to $10,000 total, provided that the cost share of 100% is met. Approximately $50,000 is available. Should the amount requested exceed the amount available, one activity per eligible district will be funded.

Complete Schedule B and narrative form to document the required cost share (in-kind and/or cash match is allowable).
Fund Use: Fund use must support the approved activities and may include, but not necessarily be limited to:
  1. stipends for the development of curriculum and/or implementation of projects;
  2. stipends for teachers and partners implementing the GIM activities in the summer program(s);
  3. consultant and contract fees to provide program-related professional development (fees for consultant/contracted services may not exceed $617/day or $77/hour);
  4. substitutes, travel, and other costs related to work on these activities;
  5. relevant instructional materials and resources; and
  6. transportation, if needed, to enable student participation in projects, summer program, and/or the GIM Youth Summit.
Please note: If selecting Activity 1, funds must be budgeted to support the cost of registration for the Youth Summit. Please budget $60/person attending.

Funds from this grant may not be used to support indirect/overhead costs.
Project Duration: Upon award - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Kristen McKinnon
Phone Number: (781) 338-6306
Date Due: Friday, February 17, 2012

Proposals must be received 5:00 PM on the date due to be considered. Proposals will be considered if electronic documents are emailed by 5:00 PM and original documents are postmarked by 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 document  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 document  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

*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 and Requirements:
  1. Download PDF document  Learn and Serve America Grant Provisions
  2. View HTML Page  National Youth Leadership Council's K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice
  3. Project Presentation Guidelines (For applicants choosing Activity 1 in Priorities Section of this RFP. Additional details will be provided upon award.)

    Each group of students (and their teacher) will give a 10-minute presentation about their project that covers at least the 6 topics listed below:
    1. The community need or problem that was addressed
    2. A brief description of the project
    3. What students learned and how their project is tied to academic work in the classroom
    4. How the project was chosen and some decisions they had to make in planning and implementing their work
    5. How their project united their group and/or community
    6. How the project is linked with the community - what service was provided and who were the community partners/experts
  4. Curriculum Documentation (For applicants choosing Activities 1, 2 or 4)
    Each project implemented will be required to be documented, including the following elements:
    1. Curriculum Connections: Include units of study to which projects were connected, learning objectives, and essential questions explored.
    2. Instructional Activities/Lessons:
      • Provide examples of lesson plans and assessments used in direct instruction of STEM concepts related to students' project
      • Share activities used for engaging students in:
        1. discovering needs/problems
        2. researching possible solutions
        3. planning/implementing their projects
    3. Partners: Describe the community partners involved in your project and the ways in which they were involved.
    4. Reflection: Provide examples of opportunities students had to reflect on their GIM project and their learning before, during, and after the project.
    5. Service: Provide a brief summary of the service that students provided through their GIM project. Include information about the need they identified and the solution they pursued.
Submission Instructions:
  1. Submit one (1) complete application package electronically via email (electronic documents do not need to be signed) to:; AND
  2. Submit one (1) complete application package with original signatures by mail to:

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

Last Updated: January 19, 2012
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