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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Gateway Cities Education Agenda - English Language Learners Enrichment Academies Grant (New Grant Awards)
Fund Code: 376

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 - English Language Learners Enrichment Academies Grant Program is to support the implementation of targeted strategies that will provide intensive and accelerated learning opportunities for middle and high school students who are English language learners. The intended outcomes of these grants are as follows: 1) measurable increases in students' English language fluency, comprehension, and reading and writing abilities; 2) increased student confidence to successfully participate in and complete all academic classes; and 3) longer-term improvements as measured by results on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System and achievement in academic courses, quicker exit from English Language Learner status, and higher retention and graduation rates, especially for high school students.

This grant program is open to eligible applicants in Gateway Cities that did not receive grant funding in FY 2013.

Grant applicants will submit proposals to operate Summer English Learning Academies during the summer of 2014 that will provide middle and high school English language learners in their communities with high-intensity and differentiated learning opportunities. These Academies must offer full-day services to students for a minimum of four days per week and four consecutive weeks. These Academies must be designed for middle and high school students who are classified as English language learners and are eligible to receive instruction that is designed to assist them in learning English and in learning subject matter content, and must also accelerate students' acquisition of English language and literacy skills and provide students with varied learning environments. Applicants may provide targeted services to a specific population or populations of English language learners with particular needs, including those with interrupted formal schooling or those at risk of dropping out of school.

Grant applicants may submit proposals to operate a Summer English Learning Academy as well as complementary enrichment programs during the spring of 2014, including after-school academies, Saturday sessions, or academies during the April school vacation week.

Grant applicants will: 1) define their method for identifying the population(s) of eligible students who will receive targeted services; 2) estimate the total number of students in these target population(s); 3) propose a method for prioritizing students for services if an awarded grant will not meet the needs of all students in the target population(s); and 4) commit to providing data and information upon request and fully participating in an evaluation to examine the outcomes of grant-related activities. Grant applicants are required to identify an individual who will be responsible for coordinating all evaluation-related activities, including the collection and submission of data to an external evaluator and the Executive Office of Education (EOE).
Priorities: Priority will be given to applicants that have established partnerships with proven providers, those with a demonstrated track record of success in improving learning and other outcomes for English language learners (including, among others, public and private institutions of higher education and non-profit community-based organizations).
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 to eligible applicants in Gateway Cities that did not receive grant funding in FY 2013.

Eligible applicants are as follows: public school districts; charter schools; non-profit education management organizations; education collaboratives; public and private institutions of higher education; non-profit community-based organizations or business and corporate entities; other non-profit entities (including organizations that serve students who are English language learners and their families, such as immigrant and refugee service providers); and consortia of these groups. If the lead applicant for a proposal is not the public school district or a charter school within a Gateway City, this applicant must secure the support of either or both of these entities (if applicable) to establish and operate a Summer English Learning Academy and the optional enrichment programs.
Funding: Approximately $1 million is available. Grant recipients will be awarded up to $200,000 to operate a Summer English Learning Academy during the summer of 2014 or operate an Academy plus optional enrichment programs during the spring of 2014. The number of grants awarded will depend on the quantity and quality of the proposals submitted. The total amount awarded per grant will be based on the intensity and duration of programs offered to middle and high school English language learners as well as the number of students that will be served.

Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to work collaboratively with multiple partners within their respective Gateway Cities.
Fund Use: Grant funding must be used to support the development, planning, and operation of a Summer English Learning Academy during the summer of 2014 and optional enrichment programs during the spring of 2014. 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 providing targeted and intensive English language learning opportunities; 4) the acquisition of curriculum materials related to the Summer English Learning Academy or optional enrichment programs; and 5) educational and instructional software that is necessary to operate successful enrichment programs.

Unallowable expenditures are as follows: 1) capital expenses; 2) purchase of computer hardware; and 3) out-of-state travel expenses.
Project Duration: Notification of grant award (anticipated notification in December 2013) - August 31, 2014
Contacts: Saeyun Lee, Executive Office of Education (EOE)
617.979.8351 or saeyun.lee@state.ma.us
Due Date For Required Statement of Interest:5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013

A non-binding Statement of Interest must be submitted by the mayor (or the Statement equivalent head of government if there is not a mayor) and public school of Interest: district superintendent on behalf of the eligible applicant(s) in a Gateway City. This one-page letter must include the identification of the target population(s) of English language learners that will receive services; a description of the capacity of the applicant(s) to provide data upon request and cooperate with an independent evaluator of this program; and include the name(s) and contact information (title, telephone number, and e-mail address) for the primary individual(s) who can be contacted regarding this grant program.

An electronic copy of the Statement of Interest must be sent by e-mail to Saeyun Lee, saeyun.lee@state.ma.us by the time and date specified. An original copy, postmarked no later than the due date, must be mailed to Saeyun Lee at the EOE, One Ashburton Place, Suite 1403, Boston, MA, 02108.
Due Date for Grant Proposal: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013
Required Forms:
  1. Proposal cover sheet that includes the name(s) of the applicant(s); contact Documents: 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. Download MS EXCEL file  Budget workbook
Submission Instructions: An electronic copy of the full grant proposal must be submitted by email to Saeyun Lee, saeyun.lee@state.ma.us by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013.

Three (3) print copies of the full proposal with original signatures must be hand-delivered or mailed.

Mail to:

Saeyun Lee, Executive Office of Education
One Ashburton Place, Suite 1403
Boston, MA, 02108.


These documents must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Additional Information: Grant recipients must ensure transparency and accountability and report publicly on the expenditure of funding. Recipients must submit progress reports by February 1, 2014 and June 1, 2014, and submit a final report by September 30, 2014. All reports must include detailed information about programmatic activities and expenditures related to the grant awards.

Additional materials related to the Gateway Cities Education Agenda, including Governor Patrick's remarks at the 2011 Education Summit, press releases, fact sheets, and a Frequently Asked Questions document are available at Gateway Cities Education Agenda webpage.


Last Updated: August 23, 2013
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