Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Gateway City Grants for High Quality, Intensive English Language Learning Programs

Fund Code: 181


This competitive grant program is one of the multiple ways DESE is supporting districts that have English learners and wish to implement new and innovative ELE programs and supports for innovative ELE programs, while also providing districts with an opportunity to create a more culturally and linguistically diverse workforce. This competitive grant program is open only to eligible applicants in the commonwealth's 26 Gateway Municipalities as defined by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 23a, Section 3a and have 100 or more ELs.

There are four goals for the grant. Districts may apply for funding to fulfill any one or more of the four goals:

  • Goal 1: Development and/or implement an alternative bilingual ELE program for English learners.

  • Goal 2: Create (and cultivate) or continue a "grow your own" bilingual education hub that would support and encourage statewide initiative and collaboration, improve the Bilingual Education educator pipeline, share knowledge to accelerate the adoption of proven and recognized programmatic models for English learners, and develop successful models that can be replicated for years to come.

  • Goal 3: Establish or improve multilingual libraries that provide an effective, balanced, and substantial collections for as many ethnic, cultural, and linguistic group of students in the community as possible.

  • Goal 4: Develop and Implement High School Academies (during winter and spring during or after school, and/or summer vacation) that would challenge high school English learners (grades 9–12) to improve academic achievement with an emphasis on English language learning skills and, if applicable, primary language learning skills for bilingual academies, both of which are 21st century skills.


Priorities for Goal 1

The intended outcomes for Goal 1 are as follows:

Applicants for Goal 1 must:

  • Partner with an Institution of Higher Education that has an approved Bilingual Education Program in place.

  • Ensure that all targeted groups listed in Part III of the required forms are included in the hub plan proposal

For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 1.

Priorities for Goal two (2):

The intended outcomes for Goal 2 are as follows:

  1. Increase the number of qualified bilingual education teachers in the district.

  2. Encourage and support bilingual students, parents, community members, paraprofessionals, and teachers to become teachers in bilingual education settings.

  3. Build systems to implement effective bilingual education programs.

For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 2.

Priorities for Goal three (3):

The intended outcomes of Goal 3 are as follows:

  1. Increased student confidence to participate successfully in and complete academic classes and/or in social situations, whether in English or a language other than English;

  2. Schools prioritize culturally responsive instruction that encourages students to share their cultures, linguistic abilities and life experiences in ways that promotes student success with rigorous content in an effort to promote students' experiences and knowledge as an asset.

For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 3.

Priorities for Goal four (4):

The intended outcomes of Goal 4 are as follows:

  1. Measurable increases in students' English language fluency, comprehension, and reading and writing abilities as documented by the methods listed in Part III;

  2. Increased student confidence to participate successfully in and complete all academic classes as measured by student surveys throughout the Academy (e.g., beginning, middle, end).

  3. Longer-term improvements in academic achievement as measured by statewide assessments and achievement in academic courses, quicker exit rates from English learner status, lower retention/dropout rates and higher graduation rates.

For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 4.

Note: Competitive priority will be given to districts and schools in chronically underperforming status and the Strategic Transformation Region.


This competitive grant program is open only to eligible applicants in the commonwealth's 26 Gateway Municipalities as defined by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 23a, Section 3a and have 100 or more ELs.

  • Applicants must: Commit to submitting program progress and outcomes to DESE, using templates DESE will provide.

  • Commit to presenting and/or sharing grant funded work upon request from DESE.

  • Participate in program evaluation determined by DESE to assess the grant program's effectiveness and gauge grant impact, including the effectiveness of the partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education.

Funding Type:



Approximately $1,000,000 is available.

  1. Goal 1: Approximately $300,000 will be available for Goal 1

  2. Goal 2: Approximately $300,000 will be available for Goal 2

  3. Goal 3: Approximately $200,000 will be available for Goal 3

  4. Goal 4: Approximately $200,000 will be available for Goal 4

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:

Fund use must be consistent with the priorities described above and the requirements associated with Massachusetts ESE's Strategic Plan . The focus of this grant is to support the implementation of new bilingual education programs for English learners in the Commonwealth.

Project Duration:

School Year: FY2022: Upon approval through 6/30/2022
Summer: FY2023: 7/1/2022 – 8/31/2022

Program Unit:

Center for School and District Partnership


Diana Gentile

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3584

Date Due:

Friday, December 3rd, 2021
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:

Instructions for the Budget and Narrative
Applicants must submit a budget using the templates provided with proposed expenditures for FY22 and FY23, as well as a detailed narrative that connects all expenditures to the intended outcomes of the goals they're applying for. Please Note That Budget Detail Documents Have a Tab for Each Goal

Additional Information:

Please see the attached 181 Additional Information .

Any grant related questions must be emailed to Responses will be posted to the English Learner Education page.

Submission Instructions:

Districts submitting a budget with an Indirect Cost Rate must use Indirect Cost District Rate 2022 to confirm the maximum FY2022 approved indirect cost rate allowed and must fill out Indirect Cost Rate Calculation Worksheet .

For Grant Management processes, including the Request for Funds, information about requesting funds beyond the initial payment, and additional details on managing your grant, see this webpage: EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.

For information on upcoming EdGrants webinar trainings email

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.

Complete proposals must be submitted by email to by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Applicants will receive a confirmation when the materials are received. Early submission is strongly encouraged to ensure the complete application is received and confirmed by 5:00 pm on the due date.

Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget — in EdGrants and upload required documents. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

Last Updated: November 3, 2021

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