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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2020 Found Code: 647

Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers - Supporting Additional Learning Time (for new sites)

Funds Allocated:$2,036,000 (Federal)
Funds Requested:$5,125,059
Purpose: The purpose of this competitive grant program is to support the implementation of academically enriching programming during Out-of-School Time (OST) and/or Expanded Learning Time (ELT — a longer school day/year for all students) that helps to close proficiency and opportunity gaps, increases student engagement, and contributes to a well-rounded education.

This programming will provide students with additional engaging instruction, project-based learning (PBL) experiences, and opportunities for academic enrichment. In addition, funds will support training, planning and professional development for adults to make better use of time with students and maximize student outcomes. These programs will also engage with various community partners to support students' learning, and social/emotional and physical development.

Eligible applicants for this grant included school districts, cities and towns, community-based organizations (CBOs), other public or private entities, or a consortium of two (2) or more of such agencies, organizations, or entities. Key grant requirements also included applicants meeting at least one (1) of the following criteria:

  • Primarily serve students in schools designated as Title I School-Wide programs; and/or

  • Demonstrate that the applicant serves students in schools with 15% or more economically disadvantaged families as indicated on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (Department) School and District profiles page or through another documented source.


Applicants were eligible to apply using one of two models allowable through this grant:
  • Out-of-School Time (OST): Provide a minimum of 400 hours of out-of-school time programming during the school year and summer for a select population of students.

  • Expanded Learning Time (ELT): Offer a total of 300 ELT hours, through restructuring/redesigning the school day and/or year to add a minimum of 180 additional hours for all students as part of the regular school day, and offering the remaining hours (for a total of 300) to a select population of students during school vacation and/or summer.

Please note the Department did not receive any applications for ELT.
Number of Proposals Received:23 (for 29 schools/sites) (29 OST/0 ELT)
Number of Proposals Recommended:12 (for 12 schools/sites)
Number of Proposals Not Recommended:11 (for 17 schools/sites)
Result of Funding: This funding will support 12 districts/agencies in implementing academically enriching out- of school-time programs and activities at 12 schools/sites. This programming will provide students with opportunities to deepen their learning through project based learning experiences, and academically enriching programming. In addition, funds will support training, planning and professional development for adults to make better use of time with students and maximize student outcomes. These programs will also engage with various community partners to support students' learning, and social/emotional and physical development. Approximately 5,000 students will benefit from programs and services supported through this funding. Grant awards range from $111,000 to $190,000 per year for up to three years. Applicants were eligible to apply for up to an additional $15,000 to support transporting students home from the OST program.

RecipientsAmounts
Berkshire Hills Regional School District [Monument Mountain High School $175,000 + $15,000]$190,000
Boston Public Schools [Lila Fredrick Pilot Middle School $175,000 + $15,000]190,000
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield [Franklin Avenue Elementary]140,000
Brockton Public Schools [East Middle School $175,000 + $15,000]190,000
Camp Fire North Shore [Washington Elementary, Lynn]125,000
Collaborative for Educational Services [Ware Middle School $175,000 + $15,000]190,000
Fall River Public Schools [Henry Lord Community School $175,000 + $10,000]185,000
Lowell Public Schools [Butler Middle School $175,000 + $15,000]190,000
New Bedford Public Schools/School & Main Institute [Parker Elementary $104,000 + $7,000]111,000
Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)175,000
Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation [Samuel Bowles Elementary School, Springfield]175,000
Worcester Public Schools [Vernon Hill]175,000
Total Federal Funds$2,036,000

 
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