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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

School Redesign Grant - Cohort IV
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 Priority Schools.
Priorities: LEAs with Level 4 Priority 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.
Eligibility: All LEAs with one or more Priority Schools are eligible to compete for FY14 funding. A complete list can be found under the Additional Information section.

A "priority school" is a school that, based on the most recent data available, has been identified as among the lowest-performing schools in Massachusetts. The total number of priority schools in a state must be at least five percent of the Title I schools in the Massachusetts. A priority school is a school among the lowest five percent of Title I schools in the state based on the achievement of the "all students" group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments that are part of Massachusetts' differentiated recognition, accountability, and support system, combined, and has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over a number of years in the "all students" group.
Funding: Based on a combination of Massachusetts' FFY10, FFY11 and FFY12 federal School Redesign Grant (SRG) allocations and funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a total of up to $10,000,000 is available for expenditure in FY2014 to FY2016 (through August 31, 2016). 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 requests) and the scope and scale of activities proposed for the selected intervention. A detailed FY2014 budget will be required, with non-binding estimates for FY2015 and FY2016 dependent on annual renewal of the grant award.

FY2014 SRG funds may also be allocated for pre-implementation purposes (July 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013).
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-lLevel 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: FY2014 Pre-Implementation Activities/Funding: July 1, 2013 - August 31, 2013;
FY2014 School Redesign Activities/Funding: September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014.
FY2015 and FY2016 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: Monday, March 11, 2013.
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 letter of intent is non-binding (i.e., a LEA may choose not to submit a full grant application after submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply). The letter must be submitted via email to by March 11, 2013.
Date Due for Full Grant ProposalWednesday, April 10, 2013.
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 31, 2013. 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 10, 2013 and May 31, 2013 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 April 29, 2013 and May 5, 2013. 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 MS EXCEL file  Measurable Annual Goals (MAGs) Workbook
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Contact Form
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Assurances and Waivers
Additional Information:
  1.  Download MS EXCEL file  Eligible Schools List
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Grant Scoring Rubric
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Summary of Four Required Federal Intervention Models
  4.  Download MS WORD Document  Final Federal Requirements for School Turnaround Grants
  5.  Download MS WORD Document  Federal LEA Guidance
  6.  Download MS WORD Document  Additional Federal LEA Guidance on Increased Learning Time (ILT)
  7. 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 Budget Workbook (double-sided if possible)
  • six (6) hard copies of the MAGs Workbook
  • six (6) hard copies of the Implementation Timeline and Benchmarks Workbook
  • 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 Budget Workbook Cover Page to:
Erica Champagne
Office of District and School Turnaround
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 10, 2013.

Email an electronic copy:
  • Redesign Plan,
  • Implementation Timeline and Benchmarks Workbook,
  • MAGs 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 10, 2013.

Last Updated: February 26, 2013
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