The purpose of this state competitive grant is to establish and promote rigorous, engaging, and standards aligned digital literacy and computer science education in public schools in kindergarten through grade 12. This grant will focus on middle grades (6–8) DLCS implementation.
School districts are the unit of change toward creating rigorous, inclusive, and sustainable K–12 digital literacy and computer science education. Through this grant District Teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators will:
Supports the creation of new programs and/or expanding existing programs to serve more students most underserved (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 districts (including Regional and Charter districts) are eligible to apply for funding.
Approximately $135,000 is available for new districts through the state Digital Literacy Now Grants line item 7010-1202.
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.
The initial level of funding could change during the year based on changes in the awarded program (e.g. scope, course, follow-up activities, number of participants, or number of course(s)). The grant budget may be amended up or down to reflect the program changes. Grant recipients are required to contact the program liaison to discuss any proposed change to the awarded program.
Approximately $135,000 of additional funding for curriculum PD during July and August of 2021 will be available through Digital Literacy Now grant Part 2.
Funds must be used in alignment with the purpose and priorities outlined and as described in a budget, budget narrative, and required program information that is submitted to the Department's Center for Instructional Support Office/STEM.
Note: Grant funds may not be allocated to pay for both a participant's: graduate credit tuition and a stipend; or substitute reimbursement and a stipend. Grant funding may be used for stipends for work outside of school hours.
Upon Approval through 6/30/2021
Grants to purchase selected curriculum and for summer curriculum PD from 7/1/2021 through 8/31/2021 will be offered through the Digital Literacy Now Grant Part 2.
Funding may also continue in: Year 2 (Upon Approval – 6/30/2022 & 7/1/2022 – 8/31/2022) and Year 3 (Upon Approval – 6/30/2023 & 7/1/2023 – 8/31/2023) pending state budget appropriation, submitting of all required documents and successful utilization of prior funding, and awarding of funds after a continuation grant process. In continuation years, only prior FC152—Digital Literacy Now grant recipients will be eligible for the continuation grant.
Center for Instructional Support Office/STEM
Friday, February 19, 2021
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with "FY21 Digital Literacy Now Application" in the subject line; and submit one (1) complete set of all required documents with original signatures on Part I to:
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: January 19, 2021
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