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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Innovation Schools Enhancement & Sustainability Grant
Fund Code: 158

Purpose: The purpose of this one-time state-funded Innovation Schools Enhancement and Sustainability Grant is to provide district and school support for both the enhanced implementation of the autonomies and flexibilities identified in approved Innovation School Plans and the development of embedded professional development time in the school's schedule and calendar.

During FY14 districts and schools will provide targeted professional development activities to faculty and staff and facilitate thoughtful planning sessions which will result in embedded professional development time in the school's schedule and calendar to be implemented in the fall of 2014.
Priorities: Priorities for this completive 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. Support the ongoing implementation of the conversion of an existing school in a way that thoughtfully and significantly transforms the school through a distinctly innovative educational model.
  4. Support the ongoing implementation of a new innovation school or innovation academy that thoughtfully implements a distinctly innovative educational model.
For information about accountability and assistance levels of districts and schools, please see: 2013 Statewide Accountability Report.
Eligibility: In order to apply for this Innovation Schools Enhancement and Sustainability Grant (FY14 Fund Code 158), an applicant must be a district with an approved innovation school or innovation academy. However, entities that submitted proposals for the FY14 Fund Code 157 Innovation Schools Implementation Grant due in October 2013 are not eligible to apply for this FY14 Fund Code 158 grant. (NOTE: This eligibility information modified prior information on November 18, 2013.)
Funding: Award amounts will be up to $30,000 per approved innovation school or innovation academy.
Fund Use: Funds must be used solely to provide: 1) targeted professional development activities to faculty and staff that support an area of autonomy as identified in the innovation school plan during FY14, and 2) participate in thoughtful planning sessions that will result in embedded professional development time in the school's schedule or calendar during FY14.

Examples of allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) stipends for educators for planning purposes, 2) stipends for educator participation in professional development activities, 3) reimbursements for substitutes, and 4) services provided by consultants.

Examples of unallowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) capital expenses, 2) the purchase of computer hardware, 3) stipends or costs related to direct service provision to students, 4) out-of-state travel expenses, and 5) purchase of food or beverages.
Project Duration: Upon approval- 06/30/2014
Program Unit: Office Charter Schools and School Redesign
Contact: Sheika Edmond sedmond@doe.mass.edu
Required Prior to Grant Submission Interested applicants must submit an email to sedmond@doe.mass.edu indicating their intent to apply. The non-binding intent to apply email must include: 1) the name(s) of the approved innovation school(s) or innovation academy for which the applicant seeks enhancement and sustainability grant funding; and 2) the contact information (name, title, email address, and phone number) for the applicant and district personnel who should be include on any communications regarding this grant program prior to the submission of a full application. A technical assistance webinar is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2013 from 3:30-4:30 PM, and will provide participants with an overview of the Request for Proposal and opportunity to have questions answered.

Intent to Apply Email - Due Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by 5:00PM. (NOTE: Due date for the Intent to Apply was extended on November 18, 2013)
Date Due: Full Grant applications are due: Monday, December 2, 2013 (see Required Forms section below). Proposals must be postmarked by the due date and received at the Department by 5:00PM on the above date.
Required Forms:
  1.  Download MS EXCEL file  Budget Workbook - Includes- Part I-General Program Signature Page (Cover Sheet)- and Part II- Project Expenditures-Detail Information
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part IV - Innovation Schools Assurances Form
  4. Part V - 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 sedmond@doe.mass.edu NOTE: Signatures are not required on the emailed versions.

AND 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 postmarked or hand-delivered to the Department by 5:00PM on Monday December 2, 2013.


Last Updated: November 20, 2013
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