Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers Enhanced Programs for Students on an IEP

Fund Code: 245

Purpose:

The purpose of this federally funded targeted grant program is to enhance the capacity of funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) out-of-school time (OST) programs to provide the supports needed to ensure students on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) have meaningful access and are fully included in all aspects of programming

Priorities:

Priority will be given to 21st CCLC funded school sites in chronically underperforming status.

The main priority of this enhancement grant is to meaningfully engage students on IEPs into academically enriching programming that contributes to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps between students with disabilities and their age-appropriate non-disabled peers.

Eligibility:

School districts that are recipients of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Fund Code (FC) 645 / 646 21st CCLC Grant. Refer to addendum A for a list of eligible schools/sites.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.027

Funding:

A total of approximately $190,000 is available for these grants.

The maximum grant award per site is $10,000 for school year and summer programming combined.

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:

Funds must be used to support the full inclusion of students on IEPs into currently funded 21st CCLC OST programs.

Allowable expenses include:

  • Stipends for special education certified instructional staff;
  • Stipends for health care, mental health, special education instructional assistants and/or other qualified support staff;
  • Stipends for additional planning time as it relates to inclusion efforts;
  • Professional development, technical assistance and/or consultation services (e.g., proper use of adaptive equipment, language instruction for students on IEPs, creating an inclusive environment, etc.); and
  • Program or adaptive materials. These materials must be specific to the efforts to fully include students on IEPs.

Funds for materials and supplies, which are limited to 10% of the total budget, may only be budgeted if you are able to demonstrate they are related to supporting students on IEPs. A justification for the expense must be included.

  • These funds cannot be used to transport students on an IEP to or from the 21st CCLC OST program during the school year. These funds may be used to provide specialized transportation for the purpose of including students on an IEP served by these grant funds on field trips or as part of the summer program.
  • Indirect costs are not allowed under this grant.
Project Duration:

Upon Approval – 8/31/2022

Continued funding through FC 244, pending budget appropriations, is expected to be available through the individual 21st CCLC site's final year within their current funding cycle (this would be for a maximum of 3 years).

Eligibility for continued funding in years two and three (FY2023 and FY2024), if applicable, will be based on the following;

  • The school/site's current 21st CCLC grant cycle.
  • Evidence that the program has met the priorities of this grant.
  • Timely submission of required yearly progress updates and reapplications including data that demonstrates maintenance of attendance levels and program quality.
  • Evidence that the grantee is collaborating with the District/School Special Education Director and is working towards sustaining the program beyond the grant period.
Program Unit:

Office of Student and Family Support

Contact:

Karyl Resnick

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3515

Date Due:

Friday, January 21, 2022

Required Forms:
Additional Information:
  • Addendum A — Eligible Sites

  • Districts/Schools must designate a special education liaison to the 21st CCLC program to ensure that students on an IEP have full access to the program.

  • Recipients will be required to utilize the Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO) for all students served by these funds. Any accommodations or modifications to the SAYO administration for students on an IEP should be described in the written evaluation.

  • Recipients will be required to complete and submit student data forms for all programs and services funded by this grant.

  • Staff working with students supported though these grant funds must either be certified special education teachers or special education paraprofessionals that must be directly supervised by a certified special education teacher.

  • Any specialized materials and/or equipment, including augmentative and alternative communication aids or devices or other assistive technology purchased with these funds are for the sole purpose of use during the 21st CCLC program and only for the students on an IEP.

Submission Instructions:

Email completed applications and all required documents to cclc@doe.mass.edu

Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget in EdGrants and upload required documents. Grant recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

Last Updated: December 3, 2021

 
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