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Office of Digital Learning

Funding

Grants and Budgeting

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Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant and Loan Programs
The Digital Connections Partnership Schools (DCPS) grant program is a competitive, matching state grant program to bridge the digital divide that exists in some schools across the Commonwealth and strengthen twenty-first century teaching and learning. DCPS is administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) through the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Information Technology (MassIT) and the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway (ESH). The DCPS loan program provides interest-free loans for the local match or outright loans for eligible districts to implement projects that meet the priorities of the grant program.

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Funding for Charter Schools and Nonprofits
MassDevelopment is an economic development and finance agency established by the Massachusetts Legislature. They are able to offer charter school and nonprofit loan guarantees on bank loans or tax-exempt bonds for financing the acquisition, construction, or renovation of leased or owned facilities. Loans are also available to purchase and install technology equipment, of which 100% of the cost of purchase of new or used telecommunications and information technology equipment, software, and related installation costs may be eligible. To learn more, call (800)445.8030 or visit MassDevelopment website for a listing of regional offices (Boston, Devens, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield, and Worcester).

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Statewide Contract User Guides
Buying through statewide contracts can offer significant benefits, including time savings and obtaining best value at competitive prices. This page offers user guides for technology products and services, including IT Hardware (ITC47), Data Cable Products and Services (ITC54), and Internet (ITT46).

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ConnectED Donations for Schools
President Obama's ConnectED initiative is intended to enrich K-12 education for every student in America by leveraging the power of technology for learning. To support this initiative, ten private sector companies have pledged a collective $2 billion. Details about these donations and how to apply to the respective sponsors are included.

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Federal Funding Dear Colleague Letter
Formula grants (ESEA Title I, II, III, IDEA, etc.) can be used to fund the transition to digital learning. The purpose of this letter is to help state, district, and eligible partnership grantees better understand how they may be able to use their federal grant funds to support innovative technology-based strategies to personalize learning.

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Transformative Budgeting for Digital Learning
Published by the New Jersey Department of Education to assist districts in re-thinking traditional budgetary approaches in order to find possible ways to fund technology initiatives by repurposing existing funding sources, or through transformative zero-based budgeting. The report utilizes case studies of innovative district budgeting practices from school districts across the country.

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Smart Series Guide to EdTech Procurement
Provided by Digital Learning Now and the Foundation for Excellence in Education to inform educational technology procurement decisions.

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Foundation Center
Online directory of grants searchable by subject matter and location.

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Funding the Shift to Digital Learning: Three Strategies for Funding Sustainable High-Access Environments
Provided by Digital Learning Now and the Foundation for Excellence in Education; describes three potential strategies for investment in student devices.



Last Updated: September 13, 2016
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