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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Special Education Program Improvement Grant
Fund Code: 249

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to fund professional development activities that will increase the capacity of personnel in approved Massachusetts private special education schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of their students.
Priorities: The priorities of this grant program are to enhance program-based induction, mentoring, and retention programs and to advance the skills of educators through professional development activities.

All funded programs must be high quality, sustainable, and intensive in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction and outcomes for students with disabilities. Four priorities have been identified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ("the Department") for the FY2014 Fund Code: 249 Grant. Applicants are directed to select at least one priority and complete the required program information.
  • Priority #1 - Strengthening Curriculum and Instruction
  • Priority #2- Non-Academic Supports
  • Priority #3 - Early Childhood Inclusive Practices for Students with disabilities
  • Priority #4 - Secondary Transition
Eligibility: Only Massachusetts approved private special education schools and programs may be awarded funds under this grant. Agencies with multiple approved schools/programs may submit a proposal from any additional individually approved program that has an enrollment greater than 35 students.
Funding: Award amounts will be based upon the total number of publicly funded students with disabilities from Massachusetts enrolled on October 1, 2012, which is consistent with the date on which the most recently available Massachusetts Public Student Enrollment count is based.

The amount of funds for which each school/program may apply is indicated below.

Grant Allocation Figures
Total Number of PubliclyFunded Students with Disabilities Allocation
1-4$1,000
5-24$1,500
25-49$2,000
50-74$2,500
75-149$3,000
150+$3,500
Fund Use: The following are allowable costs:
  • Stipends;
  • Fringe (related to stipends only);
  • Tuition costs for college/university courses;
  • Conference registration costs;
  • Supplies, materials, and books specifically for training purposes and professional development;
  • Printing and reproduction of training materials;
  • Consultant fees;
  • Substitutes; and
  • In-state travel.
Funds may not be used for:
  • Computer hardware or software;
  • Indirect costs;
  • Direct services or materials for students;
  • Food
  • Out-of-state travel; and
  • Restraint training as required under 603 CMR 46.00.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2014
Program Unit: Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Contact: Martha Daigle mdaigle@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3366
Date Due: Recommended date due is Friday, December 6, 2013
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on 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 file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part III - Required Program Information (See information on required Activity Sheets for each Priority.)
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Priority #1 - Strengthen Curriculum and Instruction
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Priority # 2- Non-Academic Supports
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Priority #3 - Early Childhood Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities
    • Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Priority # 4 - Secondary Transition
Additional Information: Applications can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval.
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

Grace Willis
Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: November 22, 2013
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