The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title III Immigrant grant provides supplemental resources to local school districts to provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth.
The priorities of Title III Immigrant grant are to provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth that it serves. These include:
In addition to the above priorities, the Title III program supports Massachusetts' goals and strategies (listed below) by enhancing grant recipients' capacity to increase students' academic achievement.
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:
Additionally, Massachusetts has identified four priority focus areas under its plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act:
ESEA 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 may be found in published research papers, literature reviews, or Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 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.
Funds will be awarded to eligible districts that have met the following criteria:
Please note: ESSA defines "immigrant children and youth" as individuals aged 3–21, who were not born in the United States of America, and who are in his/her first three years of schooling in the United States. (For making this determination, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are considered states.) A student can be designated as both immigrant and EL for three years. After three years the student can still be designated EL, if they meet EL eligibility criteria, but can no longer be designated as an immigrant student.
Federal funding CFDA 84.365
An estimated $1,135,030 will be available for immigrant subgrants to eligible entities. The list of districts eligible for FY2021 Immigrant grant , and it can also be found on the Grants Management website. The grants will be awarded using a formula based on the number of immigrant students reported in October 2020 SIMS (see "Eligibility" above) and the number of districts eligible to apply.
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.
Under the statute, (ESEA Section 3115 (e)), a district must use the Title III Immigrant Grant to provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth. Please see the list of activities in the section above labeled, "Priorities." We encourage a district that receives these funds to prioritize activities that will meet the unique needs of the immigrant children and youth enrolled in the district, as well as families of these students.
Title III funds, including the Immigrant grant, must be used to supplement the level of local, state, and federal funds that, in the absence of Title III funds, would otherwise be expended for programs for EL and immigrant children and youth and in no case supplant such federal, state, and local funds.
There is a maximum 2% cap on direct administrative costs, and suggested maximum 20% for supplies and materials, and 15% for travel.
Note: Applicants may only legally claim expenses from the grant starting from the date of final DESE approval. The start date for the grant is the date on which the district submits substantially approvable budget and information for the grant.
Upon approval – 6/30/2021 (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: 7/1/2021–6/30/2022 (Year 2); 7/1/2022–9/30/2022 (Year 3)
Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The Immigrant Grant budget must be entered both on the workbook tab as well as in EdGrants in the Budget Entry formlet. The budget tab in the workbook and the EdGrants budget should match.
Non-Regulatory Guidance: English Learners and Title III of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA .
Title III, Part A Quick Reference Guide on allowable and unallowable costs
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:
FY21 FC186 Title III Applicant NumberExample, Abington (0001) would name the file as, FY21 FC186 Title III 0001
In EdGrants, district staff assigned the role of "control user" enter the Title III FC186 budget and attach a PDF of the Signature Page with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director and a Schedule A form if it's applicable.
Upload the entire FY21 FC186 Title III, Part A Immigrant Children and Youth Workbook to EdGrants: This includes the Signed Signature Page, Workbook, which includes the Contact Information, Private School Services, Narrative, and Budget tabs.
For additional submission instructions, see the "Read Me First" tab of the FY21 Consolidated Addendum for Title III, Part A, Immigrant Children and Youth (Fund Code 186) Application workbook.
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.
Last Updated: February 10, 2021
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