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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local School Districts

Fund Code: 305


Title I, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides supplemental resources to local school districts to help provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps.

Title I, Part A is one of four principal programs that are available to districts through formula grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the current reauthorization of ESEA. The other programs are Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and Title IV, Part A.


The priorities of Title I, Part A are to:

  1. Strengthen the core program in schools and provide academic and/or support services to low-achieving students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels;
  2. Provide evidence-based1 programs that enable participating students to achieve the learning standards of the state curriculum frameworks;
  3. Elevate the quality of instruction by providing eligible staff with substantial opportunities for professional development; and,
  4. Involve parents/guardians of participating public and private school children as active partners in their children's education at school through open, meaningful communication, training, and, as appropriate, inclusion in decision-making processes.

In addition to the above priorities, the Title I, Part A program supports Massachusetts' goals and strategies (listed below) for increasing student achievement by expanding school districts' capacity to support and educate students with the greatest needs.

State Goal, Core Strategies, and ESSA Priorities

The goal of Massachusetts' public K-12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. Our five core strategies to accelerate the pace of school improvement are:

  1. Strengthening standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  2. Promoting educator development
  3. Supporting social-emotional learning, health, and safety
  4. Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools
  5. Enhancing resource allocation and data use

Additionally, Massachusetts has identified four priority focus areas under its plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act:

  • Early grades literacy
  • Middle grades math
  • High-quality college and career pathways for high school students
  • Supporting historically disadvantaged subgroups of students


A district is eligible to receive funds based on criteria established by the United States Department of Education (ED). Grants are awarded to local school districts after the state reviews and approves a district's application.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.010

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Title I, Part A allocations

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available, it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Fund Use:

Funds may be used to provide academic, instructional, and support services for eligible students, professional development activities for staff, support for parent involvement activities, and the purchase of appropriate supplies and materials.

Project Duration:

Upon approval – 6/30/2019 (Year 1)*

*The period of availability for this grant award can be extended beyond Year 1 based on utilizing the multi-year feature for this Funding Opportunity in EdGrants. Extended period as follows: 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020 (Year 2); 7/1/2020 – 9/30/2020 (Year 3).

Date Due:

Friday, September 28, 2018

Program Unit:

Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning


Federal Grants

Phone Number:

(781) 338-6230

General Information:
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FY19 Title I, Parts A & D District Allocations
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Title I, Part A Quick Reference Guide on allowable and unallowable costs
Required Forms:
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FY19 Consolidated ESSA Application Workbook
  • Signature Page (Tab 1 of Consolidated Application) Note: Please sign and date your cover page and ensure the amount matches the amount budgeted
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FY19 Affirmation of Consultation and Agreement with participating private school officials (required only for districts with private school participation)
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FY19 Title I Schoolwide Program Justification, Assurances, and Waiver Request (required only for districts with new Schoolwide programs)
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Schedule A (if applicable)
Budget and formal agreement for districts with neglected and delinquent facilities (if applicable)

Additional Information:
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How Funds are Allocated to States, Districts, & Schools
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Selecting Title I Schools and Allocating Funds
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Budget detail and description of line item information

Note: Applicants may only legally claim expenses to the grant starting from the date of final ESE approval. The start date for the grant is the date on which the district submits substantially approvable budget and information for the grant. Therefore, to expedite approval, it is essential to have district staff that can be reached in July and August to respond to questions, as needed.

Submission Instructions:

Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants

In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

FY19 FC 305 Title I Applicant Number
For example, Abington (0001) would name the file as FY19 FC 305 Title I 0001

In EdGrants, district staff assigned the role of "control user" should enter the grant budget and attach the FY19 Consolidated Application workbook along with a PDF of the Signature Page with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director and any of the forms applicable to your districts FY19 Title I Ed Grants submission. The entire Consolidation Application Workbook must be uploaded with your Title I budget in EdGrants.

Note: This is the only place your entire FY19 Consolidated Application workbook will be uploaded. See Required Forms above for additional forms that may be required from some applicants.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.

Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

1 ESEA encourages, and in select cases requires, states and districts to implement "evidence-based" practices, activities, strategies and interventions with demonstrated evidence of effectiveness. Evidence-based practices refer to interventions for which there is evidence of significant positive impact that can be found in published research papers, literature reviews, or ESE research briefs. Alternately, evidence-based practices can be those local practices that a district or state has previously instituted, measured, and found to be effective.

Last Updated: July 9, 2018

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