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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Innovation Schools Implementation Grant
Fund Code: 157

Purpose: The purpose of this one-time state funded Innovation Schools Implementation Grant is to provide district and school support for the implementation of the approved Innovation School Plans during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Innovation Schools are in-district schools that operate with increased autonomy and flexibilities in six key areas (curriculum, instruction, and assessment; schedule and calendar; staffing; professional development; district policies and procedures; and budget), with the goal of establishing the school conditions that lead to improved teaching and learning.
Priorities: Priorities for this competitive grant will be given to applicants that:
  1. Operate an approved Innovation School in a Level 3 or 4 district.
  2. Operate an approved Innovation School designated as Level 3 or 4.
  3. Convert an existing school in a way that thoughtfully and significantly transforms the school through a distinctly innovative educational model.
  4. Establish a new school that thoughtfully implements a distinctly innovative educational model.
Eligibility: In order to apply for an implementation grant, an applicant must:
  1. Be an eligible applicant as identified in the Innovation Schools statute, M.G.L., Chapter 71, section 92: (i) parents; (ii) teachers; (iii) parent-teacher organizations; (iv) principals; (v) superintendents; (vi) school committees; (vii) teacher unions; (viii) colleges and universities; (ix) non-profit community-based organizations; (x) non-profit business or corporate entities; (xi) non-profit charter school operators; (xii) non-profit education management organizations; (xiii) educational collaboratives; (xiv) consortia of these groups; and (xv) non-profit entities authorized by the commissioner.
  2. Have completed the final stage of the authorization process as outlined in M.G.L., Chapter 71, Section 92 (m) and operate the approved Innovation School by September 2013.
  3. Not have received an Innovation Schools Implementation Grant through previous Request for Proposals (RFPs).
Funding: Award amounts will be up to $30,000 per approved Innovation School.
Fund Use: Funds must be used to support the operation of an Innovation School and the implementation of its approved Innovation School Plan, and expenditures must be consistent with applicable state and federal requirements.   Examples of allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) stipends for educators; 2) reimbursements for substitutes; 3) services provided by consultants; 4) the acquisition of instructional and curricular materials related to the operation of an Innovation School; and 5) educational or instructional software necessary to implement elements of the approved Innovation School Plan.

Examples of unallowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) capital expenses; 2) the purchase of computer hardware*; 3) out-of-state travel expenses; and 4) purchase of food or beverages. The Innovation School model is intended to be a fiscally neutral and sustainable school redesign model.

*Up to $5,000 may be allocated to computer hardware if the inventive use of technology is a critical component of the Innovation School Plan.

Approved applicants are expected to use these one-time funds strategically to support high-leverage, high impact, and capacity-building strategies in conjunction with policies that permit increased flexibility with regard to each Innovation School's existing budget.
Project Duration: Upon approval-06/30/2014
Program Unit: Office Charter Schools and School Redesign
Contact: Sheika Edmond
Required Prior to Grant Submission Interested applicants must submit an email to indicating its intent to apply. The non-binding intent to apply email must include: 1) the name(s) of the approved Innovation School(s) for which the applicant seeks implementation grant funding; and 2) the contact information (name, title, email address, and phone number) for the applicant and district personnel who should be included on any communications regarding this grant program prior to the submission of a full application.

Intent to Apply Email - Due Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by 5:00PM.
Date Due: Full Grant applications are due: Monday, October 21, 2013 (see Required Forms section below). Proposals must be received by the Department by 5:00PM on the above date.
Required Forms:
  1.  Download Excel Document  Budget Workbook - Includes- Part I-General Program Signature Page (Cover Sheet)- and Part II- Project Expenditures-Detail Information
  2. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part III - Required Program Information Form
  3. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part IV- Innovation Schools Authorization and Assurances Form
  4. Copy of [final] approved Innovation School Plan
Submission Instructions: Email all required documents, in their original Word or Excel formats (e.g., not converted to a PDF), to Note: Signatures are not required on the emailed versions.


Mail three (3) sets of all required documents which includes original signatures to:

Sheika Edmond
Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

All mailed documents must be received by the Department by 5:00PM on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Last Updated: September 25, 2013
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