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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2020: Expanded Learning Time

Fund Code: 225


This targeted state funded grant program provides financial assistance to local school districts with schools that have approved Expanded Learning Time (ELT) implementation plans. All participating schools must increase the amount of time in their schedules so that they are operating at least 300 more hours longer than is average for students in other schools within the district.


To provide resources that support the implementation of approved ELT implementation plans in schools to:

  1. provide more instructional opportunities in mathematics, literacy, science, and other core subjects to support student achievement;
  2. integrate enrichment opportunities into student learning; and
  3. provide adults with increased opportunities to plan and participate in professional development and collaboration activities.


Districts with schools with currently approved ELT implementation plan.

Funding Type:

State Funding


Approximately $13,500,000 may be available, subject to the final FY20 state budget appropriation. Funds will be allocated on a per pupil basis based on average SIMS data.

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

Fund Use:

Salaries, stipends, contracts, instructional materials, and other expenses associated with operating an expanded school schedule.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval – 6/30/2020

Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DESE is allowing applicants to reapply for unspent balances in FY21. To utilize this extension, please reduce your FY20 grant funds down to what will be expended. Once the FY21 funding opp is active in EdGrants, you will be notified to enter in a grant for the balance.

Program Unit:

Statewide Systems of Support — Office of Effective Practices in Turnaround

Moira Connolly
Phone Number:

(781) 338-3525

Date Due:

Friday, June 28, 2019

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

Download Excel Document
Part II - Budget Template (This is a budget template for the applicant to utilize while working through their final budget request in order to prepare for entering it into EdGrants. Please feel free to use this template when preparing for Application Submission. This Is Not the Budget. The actual final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.)

Download Excel Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Copy of Anticipated School Master/Bell Schedule

Download Word Document
ELT Grant Assurances Document

ELT Collective Bargaining Documentation (provided by district via email)*

Submission Instructions:

Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants, with the exception of the *Collective Bargaining Documentation, which may be submitted when negotiated and signed for the 2019-2020 academic year and emailed to: Moira Connolly,

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

FY20 225 Expanded Learning Time Implementation Grant (District Name)

All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature as well as Part III and ELT Grant Assurances.

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

Please note: It the district's responsibility to designate and add all EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application, as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants User Security Controls document to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

If you should have any questions regarding submissions, please contact Moira Connolly.

Last Updated: May 29, 2019

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