The purpose of this targeted grant is to fund the implementation of a specific strategic initiative, the Acceleration Academies, to help turn around some of the Commonwealth's lowest performing districts and schools. The Acceleration Academies are an evidence-based intervention with a history of positive academic results for students.
Districts that receive Acceleration Academies Grant funds must implement the Acceleration Academy model with fidelity, ensuring the program adheres to the following key program components:
Additionally, Acceleration Academy Grant funds must be used for in-person Acceleration Academy programming. If the district is unable to hold an in-person Acceleration Academy in April, the funds can instead be used for an in-person Acceleration Academy in the summer.
The goal of Massachusetts' public K–12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. DESE's five core strategies to accelerate the pace of school improvement across the Commonwealth are:
This grant supports DESE's Core Strategy #4 : Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools.
Additionally, this grant supports Massachusetts' priority focus areas under its plan for implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):
Districts that fall into at least one of the categories listed below are eligible to apply for this grant.
Category 1: Chronically underperforming districts and schools within the Strategic Transformation Region that have been identified under DESE's District and School Accountability System are eligible to apply.
Category 2: Districts that received Acceleration Academy grant funding through a Target Assistance Grant (TAG) in FY20 are eligible to apply.
Districts that meet the eligibility criteria are:
FC: 224 StateFC: 322 Federal CFDA 84.010
Approximately $980,000 will be awarded to school districts with the possibility of additional funding in subsequent years. The amount distributed will be based on the size of the district's student population (or, in the case of SEZP, the number of students within SEZP) and funding needs.
Districts may apply for the following amount of funds:
In all cases, 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.
As outlined in the Purpose section, funds must be used to implement the Acceleration Academy model with fidelity and funds must be used for in-person Acceleration Academy programming.
The following districts are targeted to receive state funds (FC: 224):
Allowable expenses for state funds (FC: 224) include:
The following districts are targeted to receive federal funds (FC: 322):
Allowable expenses for federal funds (FC: 322) include:
Funds may not be used to purchase incentives or specific curricula.
FC 224 Upon Approval – 6/30/2021*FC 322 Upon Approval – 8/31/2021
*Fund Code 224 (state funds) can PAC into FY2022 (7/1/2021 – 8/31/2021) if needed, FY2022 signature page and summer budget (7/1/2021 – 8/31/2021) will be required.
Center for Strategic Initiatives
Thomas ZorichEmail address: email@example.com Phone: (781) 338-3528
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021.
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 "Application Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY21 [insert fund code] Acceleration Academies Grant - [insert district name]
All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. All Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page documents must be wet-signed, scanned, and converted to PDF before being uploaded.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.
Important note for districts receiving FC 322 funds:
Applicants receiving FC 322 funds must complete the Application Submission in EdGrants by entering the FY2021 budget into the Budget Entry page of the Application Submission and attach the forms listed below to the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission.
Forms to attach:
Important note for districts receiving FC 224 funds:
Applicants receiving FC 224 funds must complete the Application Submission in EdGrants by entering the FY2021 budget into the Budget Entry page of the Application Submission and attach the forms listed below to the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission.
If an applicant plans to use a portion of the FC 224 funds for summer programming that will take place between 7/1/2021 – 8/31/2021, the applicant must also attach the following forms to the Attachments List formlet:
Applicants will be notified in Spring of 2021 when to enter in the FY2022 portion of the budget into EdGrants.
If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact Thomas Zorich.
Last Updated: February 2, 2021
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