Title III of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides supplemental resources to local school districts to help ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant children and youth attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English, assist teachers and administrators to enhance their capacity to provide effective instructional programs designed to prepare ELs and immigrant children and youth to enter all-English instructional settings, and promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction programs for parents, families, and communities.
Title III, Part A is one of four principal programs that are available to districts through formula grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the current reauthorization of ESEA. The other programs are Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; and Title IV, Part A.
The priorities of Title III are to:
In addition to the above priorities, the Title III program supports Massachusetts' goals and strategies (listed below) for increasing student achievement by enhancing grant recipients' capacity to increase students' English language proficiency and academic achievement.
State Goal, Core Strategies, and ESSA Priorities and Our Way Forward in Massachusetts Initiatives
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:
Massachusetts Acceleration RoadmapMassachusetts has developed a tool to support acceleration of student learning in the 2021-2022 school year. Schools and districts are encouraged to use the self-assessment resources in the Roadmap to identify key areas of focus and related action steps in their work accelerating learning for the 2021-22 school year, and then align their funding requests with these identified steps.
Additionally, districts may explore the use of these funds to support the "Our Way Forward" initiatives. This includes:
FC 180 funds are awarded to districts or consortia of districts based on:
the calculated per-pupil amount,
enough students identified as English learners (ELs) in the March 2021 student data transmission (SIMS), and
eligibility to receive an allocation greater than or equal to $10,000.
Districts interested in forming a consortium for Title III purposes were required to submit letters of intent by June 15, 2021.
Grants are awarded to local school districts after the state reviews and approves a district's grant application.
Federal CFDA 84.365
FY22 Fund Code 180 Title III, Part A District Allocations
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available for allocations, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document. Unclaimed funds (funds not budgeted for in EdGrants) will be redistributed to eligible districts via the Title III, Part A Immigrant grant.
Title III formula subgrants are to be used to fund supplemental instruction for ELs, professional development for teachers and administrators of ELs, and EL family and parent engagement. Title III funds 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 ELs and in no case supplant such federal, state, and local funds. There is a maximum 2% cap on direct administrative costs.
Important: Please note that Title III funds may not be used to support or provide either the SEI Teacher or SEI Administrator Endorsement course or to meet the requirements under the LOOK Act.
Upon approval through 6/30/2022 (Year 1) *
*The period of availability for this grant award can be extended 15 months beyond Year 1 by utilizing the multi-year feature for this Funding Opportunity in EdGrants. The extended period is broken up by fiscal year, as follows: 7/1/2022 – 6/30/2023 (Year 2); 7/1/2023 – 9/30/2023 (Year 3).
Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning
Monday, September 13, 2021
FY22 Consolidated ESSA Application Workbook**Please see Submission Instructions below. This document is to be uploaded with your Title I grant submission only. Do not upload to the 180 submission in EdGrants. If you do not receive Title I funding, please contact your grant liaison or the federal grants programs office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title III, Part A Budget must be entered both on the consolidated workbook tab as well as in EdGrants in the Budget Entry formlet. The budget tab in the workbook and the EdGrants budget should match.
For Consortia Only: Complete the Schedule A tab to reflect all districts participating in the consortia
FY22 Federal Grant Assurances Signature Page (Page 1 only) completed and signed by the Superintendent/Executive Director. Upload a signed PDF copy of the signature page only with your district's FY22 Title I EdGrants submission. If your district does not receive a Title I grant, contact your district's DESE grant liaison for submission instructions. We cannot approve any federal entitlement grant without a signed, properly dated and uploaded Federal Grant Assurance signature page.
Required and Authorized Activities
Guidance to Consortia Memo (dated June 3, 2021)
Title III, Part A Quick Reference Guide on allowable and unallowable costs
ESSA Family Engagement Resources
Massachusetts Acceleration Roadmap
Private School Equitable Services under ESSA resources
Budget detail and description of line-item information
Note: Applicants may only legally claim expenses to 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. Therefore, to expedite approval, it is essential to have district staff who can be reached in July and August to respond to questions, as needed.
Submit the Application Submission and required grant materials in 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:
FY22 FC 180 Title IIIA Applicant NumberFor example, Abington (0001) would name the file as FY22 FC 180 Title IIIA 0001
In EdGrants, district staff assigned the role of "Front Office User" should enter the Title III grant budget, attach a PDF of the Signature Page with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director, a PDF of the signed FY22 Federal Grant Assurances Signature page, and a Schedule A form if it's applicable.
Note: The entire Consolidation Application Workbook must be uploaded with your Title I budget in EdGrants. This is the only place your entire FY22 Consolidated Application workbook will be uploaded.
For additional submission instructions, see the "Read Me First" tab of the FY22 Consolidated ESSA 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: July 22, 2021
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