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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

School Redesign Grant - Cohort III
Fund Code: 511-767

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to provide funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement School Redesign Plans that are built on one of four federally defined school intervention models-Turnaround, Restart, Transformation, or Closure (see "Four Federal School Intervention Models" in Additional Information below) at the state's persistently lowest-achieving schools.
Priorities:LEAs with Level 4 schools identified under the state's new framework for Accountability and Assistance that did not previously receive Fund Code: 511/767 School Redesign Implementation Grant funding in July 2012 as well as newly identified Level 4 schools will receive first priority for funding to implement one of the required intervention models if they meet funding requirements. LEAs with more than one eligible school or other schools in Level 3 will receive second priority for grants if they meet funding requirements.
Eligibility: All LEAs with one or more 'persistently lowest-achieving school,' as identified under federal requirements, are eligible to compete for funding. A complete list can be found under the Additional Information section.
Funding: Based on a combination of Massachusetts' FY10 and FY11 federal School Redesign Grant (SRG) allocations and funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) a total of up to $15,000,000 is available for expenditure in FY2013 to FY2015 (through August 31, 2015). LEAs can apply for a minimum of $50,000 and up to a maximum of $2 million per school per year for each of the three fiscal years. (Note: the average annual award is approximately $500,000 per school.) Award amounts will also depend on the size of the school (particularly small schools must carefully justify their budget request) and the scope and scale of activities proposed for the selected intervention. A detailed FY2013 budget will be required, with non-binding estimates for FY2014 and FY2015 dependent on annual renewal of the grant award.

FY2013 SRG funds may also be allocated for pre-implementation purposes (upon award through August 31, 2012).
Fund Use: Fund use must be consistent with applicable state and federal requirements. All expenditures must closely align with the implementation of the Redesign Plan and the selected intervention model. LEA-level expenditures must directly support the implementation of the selected intervention models at identified schools.

Unallowable expenditures:
  1. Contract buyouts
  2. Capital expenses
  3. Purchase of technology, computer software, or hardware, unless a compelling case can be made for how these materials are necessary to implement fully the proposed intervention.
All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity.
Project Duration: FY2013 Pre-Implementation Activities/Funding: upon award through - August 31, 2012;
FY2013 School Redesign Activities/Funding: September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013.
FY2014 and FY2015 are contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.
Program Unit: Office of District and School Turnaround
Contacts: Erica Champagne - (781) 338-3521
Date Due for Required Letter of Intent to Apply: Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

In order to compete for grant funding, each LEA that intends to apply for funding under this program must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply, indicating:
  1. the names of the eligible schools for which the LEA anticipates seeking grant funding, and
  2. the contact information (name, title, email address, and phone number) for the LEA and school personnel who should be included on any communications sent out by the Department related to this grant program prior to the submission of a full application.
This is non-binding (i.e., a LEA may choose not to submit a full grant application after submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply). This letter must be submitted via email to by March 21, 2012.
Date Due for Full Grant ProposalTuesday, April 24, 2012.

Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on the date due.
Other Key Information: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education intends to announce awards of these grants by May 25, 2012. Given the tight review timeline, LEAs must ensure that a knowledgeable contact person in the LEA's central office and for each school for which grant funding is sought is available between April 24, 2012 and May 25, 2012 to answer questions. Please be sure to complete the required contact form.

In addition, the Department anticipates conducting required interviews of LEA/school level teams at the Department's offices in Malden as part of the grant review process between May 14, 2012 and May 18, 2012. LEAs must ensure that appropriate representatives are available during these days.
Required Documents:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Redesign Plan
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Implementation Timelines and Benchmarks Workbook
  3. Download MS EXCEL file  Budget Workbook
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Contact Form
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Assurances and Waivers
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS EXCEL document  Eligible Schools List
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Massachusetts Definition of Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Grant Scoring Rubric
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Summary of Four Required Federal Intervention Models
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Final Federal Requirements for School Turnaround Grants
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Federal LEA Guidance
  7. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Additional Federal LEA Guidance on Increased Learning Time (ILT)
  8. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Pre-Implementation Requirements
Submission Instructions: Mail or hand-deliver:
  • six (6) hard copies of the Redesign Plan (double-sided if possible)
  • six (6) hard copies of the Part II - Budget Workbook (double-sided if possible)
  • one (1) hard copy of the Contact Form
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Assurances and Waivers page
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Part I - Cover Page (contained within the Budget Workbook) to:

    Janet Pineault
    Center for Targeted Assistance
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906

    These documents must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on April 24, 2012.
Email an electronic copy:
  • Redesign Plan,
  • Implementation Timeline and Benchmarks Workbook,
  • Contact Form, and
  • Budget Workbook


All documents submitted electronically must be web accessible. For more information, visit webpage: Preparing an MS OFFICE document for the Web.

These files must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on April 24, 2012.

Last Updated: March 14, 2012
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