Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2021: School Redesign Grant Renewal

Fund Code: 539


The purpose of this grant program is to provide funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement Sustainable Improvement Plans in their low performing schools.


This grant opportunity is open to awardees of School Redesign Grants (SRG) grants in FY20. A complete list of eligible schools is located below under Additional Information. Funding is contingent upon Department receipt of federal Title I funds.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.010


Based on a combination of Massachusetts' federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations and federal Title I funds, LEAs are awarded a School Redesign Grant (SRG) from Upon Approval (no earlier than September 1, 2020) through August 31, 2021. Budget amounts that differ from the originally projected total must be accompanied by a compelling rationale and evidence must align with the priorities and strategies outlined in the application. A detailed FY21 budget is required and non-binding estimates for following years must be included if applicable. If applicable, FY22 funding is contingent upon a successful grant application renewal process. The original award total cannot be increased.

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available, it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Fund Use:

Fund use must be consistent with applicable state and federal requirements. All expenditures must closely align with the implementation of the sustainable improvement plan. LEA level expenditures must directly support the implementation of the sustainable improvement plan at the identified schools.

Unallowable expenditures:

  • Contract buyouts.
  • Capital expenses.
  • Purchase of technology, computer software or hardware, unless a compelling case can be made for how these materials are necessary to fully implement the proposed intervention.

All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity.

Project Duration:

FY21 Fund Code 539: Upon Approval (no earlier than September 1, 2020) – August 31, 2021

FY22 funds, if applicable, are contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.

Program Unit:

Office of Effective Practices in Turnaround


Michael Seymour — (781) 338-3514,

Date Due for Grant Proposals:

Wednesday September 30, 2020

The updated sustainable improvement plan and budget page must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on September 30, 2020.

Required Submission Documents for Grant Proposals:
Download Excel Document
Budget Workbook — Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) and Completed Budget (The final budget the applicant is requesting must be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.)

Updated Sustainable Improvement Plan

Additional Information:

Applicants should also review and refer to the following information:

Download Word Document
SRG Renewal Directions
Download Excel Document
SRG Eligible Schools List
Download Excel Document
Eligibility Checklist
View HTML Page
Sustainable Improvement Plan Guidance
View HTML Page
Turnaround Practices Research and Evaluation Reports

Submission Instructions:

Email an electronic copy of the updated sustainable improvement plan to no later than 12:00pm on September 30, 2020.

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 539 School Redesign Grant Renewal (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. 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 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.

Districts must complete the Application Submission including the budget in EdGrants in order to receive their funding. The Application Submission in EdGrants can be completed as soon as the RFP is posted and the sustainable improvement plan needs to be emailed by September 30, 2020.

Last Updated: August 20, 2020

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