Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2021: Innovation Pathways Implementation Grant

Fund Codes: 415/416


The purpose of this targeted grant is to provide Innovation Pathway program implementation resources to an LEA who achieved Innovation Pathway designation from DESE in Spring 2019 and received FY2020 grant funding from Fund Code 415 or Fund Code 416.


Priorities for this grant include, but are not limited to:

Supporting designees in the execution of their approved designation plan such that the Innovation Pathway program meets all criteria requirements.


FC 415: Eligible applicants are the following high schools funded by FC415 in FY2020: West Springfield High School and Agawam High School.

FC 416: Eligible applicants are the following high schools funded by FC416 in FY2020: Burlington High School, Norwood High School, and Uxbridge High School.

Funding Type:

FC: 415 Federal (CFDA 84.048)
FC: 416 Trust


An eligible applicant may submit only one application for the balance remaining on its FY2020 Innovation Pathways Implementation Grant, per the grantee's agreement with DESE.

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:

Funding may be used to support designated Innovation Pathway's adherence to the five guiding principles Download Word Document.

Allowable funding expenses include:

Program administration and coordination; support staff; stipends for K12- and higher education faculty; curricular development; engagement with industry; providing work-based learning opportunities for students; professional development; instructional related supplies and materials; high quality college and career advising and MyCAP development embedded in the pathway.

Computer hardware, (e.g. laptops) and student stipends may not be funded by this implementation grant.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval through June 30, 2021.

Program Unit:

Office for College, Career, and Technical Education


Jennifer Gwatkin, Innovation Pathways Lead

Phone Number:


Date Due:

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

Budget Detail — Entered directly into EdGrants Budget Entry Formlet in the Application Submission.

Submission Instructions:

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 FC415 Innovation Pathways (Applicant Name)

FY21 FC416 Innovation Pathways (Applicant Name)

All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature and all required forms. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.

Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users 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: October 5, 2020

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