Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2021: Digital Literacy and Computer Science Student Learning Devices

Fund Code: 134


The purpose of this competitive Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Student Learning Devices grant is to support Massachusetts public schools in purchasing devices (e.g. circuit boards, robots, tablets) for students to use in learning 21st Century Digital Literacy and Computer Science skills. Funds under this grant may be used to purchase devices and accessories associated with a curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards.


Massachusetts public schools whose DLCS students are from the most underserved populations (including but not limited to students designated as economically disadvantaged, English language learners, special education, underrepresented minorities, and living in rural areas).


Massachusetts public school (including Regional and Charter districts) that:

  • Is teaching/has taught a DLCS course using the proposed device(s) in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year and will be teaching a DLCS course using this device in 2021-2022: or
  • would like to enrich their current DLCS course(s) in 2021-2022 by adding the use of student devices.

The Department reserves the right to consider additional factors such as geographic distribution and diversity of applicant type in making final award decisions.

Funding Type:



Approximately $72,000 is available to support grant awards up to $2,000 per teacher.

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 guidelines that appear in this RFP document.

Fund Use:

DLCS Student Learning Devices must be used by teachers for DLCS courses taught at the school listed in the grant during school hours. The devices may additionally be used during after-school or summer activities at the school. Ownership of the devices belongs to the school.

Funds may also be used for accessories for the devices such as, but not restricted to, alligator clips, LED lights, protective cases, locked storage.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval – 6/30/2021

Program Unit:

Center for Instructional Support Office/STEM


Paula Moore

Date Due:

Friday, February 19, 2021

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

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 Details
Download Excel Document
Part III — Required Program Information


Due to the competitive nature of this grant program, all questions about the Funding Opportunity documents and process will be addressed on our website. Any questions must be emailed to (with the subject: "CS Student Learning Devices grant question"). Questions and Answers will be posted at STEM Grant Opportunities.


Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to with "CS Student Learning Devices Application" in the subject line; and submit one (1) complete set of all required documents with original signatures on Part I to:

  • Paula Moore
    Science, Technology/Engineering, and Mathematics
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906

Applicants will receive a confirmation when the materials are received. Early submission is strongly encouraged to ensure the complete application is received and confirmed by 5:00 pm on the due date.

Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget in EdGrants and upload required documents. Once selected, grant recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

Last Updated: February 2, 2021

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