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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Gateway Cities Education Agenda -Career Academies Planning Grant Program (Continuation Grant Awards)
Fund Code: 375

Purpose: The goal of Governor Patrick's Gateway Cities Education Agenda is to close the persistent achievement and attainment gaps that disproportionately affect students in the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities. The purpose of the Gateway Cities Education Agenda - Career Academies Planning Grant Program is to provide high school students with information about career pathways and opportunities earlier in their academic careers, and also provide engaging and integrated instruction through experiential and work-based learning opportunities. In addition, this grant program is one component of a statewide and comprehensive college and career readiness agenda to ensure that all of our students have the essential competencies that they need to successfully pursue postsecondary educational and career opportunities.

This grant program is open only to eligible applicants in Gateway Cities that were awarded grants for this program in January 2013 and received funding for FY 2013 and the first two months of FY 2014.

Grant applicants will submit proposals to continue planning activities during the 2013 - 2014 school year that will culminate in the full operation of Career Academies by September 2014. These Academies will provide students with greater opportunities for early career exploration, offer more motivating educational experiences through applied learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, and create multiple and seamless pathways to postsecondary educational and employment opportunities.

Grant recipients will:
  • Continue to work with the members of the Career Academy planning teams comprised of key stakeholders (including, among others, district administrators, principals, teachers, students, parents and family members, and local/regional employers and industry partners) to finalize curricula, create experiential learning opportunities for students, and identify the academic, career, and other services that will be provided to enrolled students; and
  • Prepare for the full operation of Career Academies by September 2014 that offer individualized, supportive, and respectful learning environments to all students; ongoing academic and career mentoring; industry-specific curricula; work-based learning opportunities; and opportunities to establish strong relationships with local and regional employers, industry representatives, and business professionals.
Grant recipients must also continue to work with the members of the Education and Industry Coordinating Councils (EICCs) that are co-chaired by the public school district superintendent and the chair of the local Workforce Investment Board and include representatives from district high schools and charter schools, public and private institutions of higher education, industry partners, and local/regional employers. Among other responsibilities, the EICCs will specifically contribute to the creation of robust, job-embedded learning opportunities such as internships and externships for students enrolled in the Career Academies.
Eligibility: Grant applicants must be located in or primarily serving a Gateway City, a municipality defined in the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 23A, Section 3A.

This grant program is open only to eligible applicants in Gateway Cities that were awarded grants for this program in January 2013 and received funding for FY 2013 and the first two months of FY 2014.
Priorities:N/A
Funding:Approximately $400,000 is available. Grant recipients will be awarded up to $40,000 to continue planning activities to fully operate a Career Academy by September 2014 and also expand upon activities of the EICC. The number of grants awarded and the total amount per grant will depend on the quantity and quality of the proposals submitted.

Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to expand upon existing partnerships with multiple partners within their respective Gateway Cities.
Fund Use: Grant funding must be used to support planning activities related to the full operation of a Career Academy and the expansion of activities of the EICC. All expenditures must be consistent with applicable state requirements.

Examples of allowable expenditures include but are not limited to:
1) stipends for educators and administrators; 2) reimbursements for substitute teachers; 3) services provided by consultants with expertise in establishing and operating Career Academies; and 4) the acquisition of curricular and other materials or educational and instructional software necessary to design the Career Academies.

Unallowable expenditures are as follows: 1) capital expenses;
2) purchase of computer hardware; and 3) out-of-state travel expenses with the exception of expenses related to mandatory attendance at a national conference in July 2014 about establishing Career Academies (additional information about this event will be provided to grant recipients).
Project Duration: Notification of grant award (on or around December 13, 2013) - June 30, 2014.
Contact: Saeyun Lee, Executive Office of Education (EOE)
617.979.8351 or saeyun.lee@state.ma.us
Due Date for Grant Proposal:5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013
RequiredDocuments:
  1. Proposal cover sheet that includes the name(s) of the applicant(s); contact information for the primary applicant(s); the total amount of grant funding requested; and required signatures from the mayor (or the equivalent head of municipal government if there is not a mayor), public school district superintendent, and representatives from all partner organizations
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document   Narrative signed by the mayor (or the equivalent head of municipal government if there is not a mayor), public school district superintendent, and representatives from all partner organizations
  3. Budget workbook
     Download MS EXCEL file  FY14 Budget Workbook (School Year)
     Download MS EXCEL file  FY15 Budget Workbook (Summer)
Submission Instructions: An electronic copy of the full grant proposal must be submitted by email to Saeyun Lee by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Three print copies of the full proposal with original signatures must be mailed to Saeyun Lee at the EOE. These documents must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013.
AdditionalInformation: Grant recipients must ensure transparency and accountability and also report publicly on the expenditure of funding. Recipients must submit a progress report by March 1, 2014 and submit a final report by August 1, 2014. All reports must include detailed information about programmatic activities and expenditures related to the grant awards.

Materials related to the Gateway Cities Education Agenda, including Governor Patrick's remarks at the 2011 Education Summit and guidance documents are available at Gateway Cities Education Agenda webpage.


Last Updated: October 15, 2013
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