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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Summer School Expansion & Engagement — Matching Grant

Fund Code: 120


The purpose of this federal non-competitive grant is to support the development and expansion of high quality, comprehensive and engaging summer school/learning programs for students.

  1. Support the development of a new summer school/learning program(s), or the expansion of an existing summer school/learning program(s) by adding more students and/or time, (must offer a minimum of 4-to-6 weeks of in-person programming);
  2. Offer engaging, creative and interactive programming, including enrichment and recreation activities, that will excite and motivate students to attend; build relationships with staff, peers and families; and promote youth voice;
  3. Offer additional support for the inclusive participation of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs);
  4. Offer authentic opportunities for English learners to engage actively in language development;
  5. Offer increased access to students experiencing homelessness, in foster care and/or who are migratory;
  6. Offer mental health services and/or social-emotional learning opportunities;
  7. Offer comprehensive programming that addresses needs and builds connections with families — including but not limited to expanded hours of operation or partnerships to support care, transportation and intentional/authentic family engagement activities.
  8. Create a culturally responsive, anti-racist and welcoming environment that leverages the knowledges, strengths, and assets of students, families, educators and the community;
  9. Collaborate with local community-based organizations (CBOs) to support any or all of the priorities noted above; and
  10. Include matching (or cost-sharing) funds by the district.

Massachusetts public school districts, including charters and collaboratives, and approved private special education schools.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.425


Approximately $15,000,000 is available through the federal CFDA 84.425 — Elementary and Secondary Education Emergency Relief (ESSER)

Applicants may request up to $50,000 for one school/program, OR up to $100,000 for two or more schools/programs. (Applicants must be serving at least 50 students to apply for more than $50,000.)

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more is requested than available, the approved amount for each applicant may be less than the amount requested. If more funding becomes available, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.

Fund Use:

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 of Elementary and Secondary Education's (Department's) Office of Student and Family Support. Indirect and equipment costs are not allowed. More details provided in Part III — Required Program Information (see Required Forms section below).

Important Note: Students being served by these funds cannot be charged to participate. Additionally, funds cannot be used to pay students to participate in these programs.

Project Duration:

Summer: Upon Approval (no earlier than 7/1/2021) – 8/31/2021

Program Unit:

Office of Student and Family Support


Date Due:

Indication of Interest/Intent: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Full Application: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Required Forms:
Additional Information:

A narrative evaluation on the funded activities and outcomes of the program(s) must be submitted by September 30, 2021.

Submission Instructions:

Submit the following required information:

  1. Indication of Interest/Intent

  2. After the Indication of Interest/Intent has been submitted, please submit remaining required grant materials through EdGrants after confirmation email in early to mid-June from Department.

    Please carefully review and follow the instructions below to submit all required grant materials through EdGrants. Please register to and create projects under the following funding opportunity: DESE - FY22 Fund Code 120 - Summer School Expansion & Engagement Matching Grant (Federal) ENT/ALL

    The following should be in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants: Signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent/Charter Leader's signature, Part III — Program Information, and copy of the Part II — Budget Workbook used for planning. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants in the Budget Entry form.

    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: May 26, 2021

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