The purpose of this competitive grant program is to support civics teaching and learning, including but not limited to implementation of student-led, non-partisan civics projects. As stated in Chapter 296 of the Acts of 2018, "In all public schools, history of the United States of America and social science, including civics, shall be taught as required subjects to promote civic service and a greater knowledge thereof and to prepare students, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship." This grant supports LEAs to strengthen civics teaching and learning in any grade level; in addition, this grant supports implementation of grade 8 and high school civics projects which are required by law.
DESE seeks to fund civics teaching and learning projects that exemplify:
All Massachusetts Local Education Agencies (districts, charter schools, and Collaboratives) are eligible to apply.
Up to approximately $850,000 is available. Total amount of awards will be determined based on quality of proposals received.
Maximum award size is determined by the total student enrollment of the applying LEA (or group of LEAs applying as a partnership).
Size Tier 1: LEAs or LEA groups enrolling up to 1,000 students (total)May apply for up to $20,000
Size Tier 2: LEAs or LEA groups enrolling 1,001–6,000 students (total)May apply for up to $40,000
Size Tier 3: LEAs or LEA groups enrolling 6,001 or more students (total)May apply for up to $60,000
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. Funds will be awarded based upon the number of high-quality proposals received.
This grant may fund projects within one or more of the following categories.
Fund use may include, but is not limited to:
Upon Approval (no earlier than July 1, 2021) – June 30, 2022*
*The trust funded awardees (FC: 589) will have the option to extend their fund use in FY2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). In order to take advantage of this extension, awardees will have to complete the Multi-Year form in EdGrants in May of 2022. Once selected, grant recipients will be contacted with further information on the multi-year option.
Office of Literacy and Humanities
Center for Instructional Support
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Please refer to resources provided by the Mass Civics Learning Coalition for information about the civics law, civics teaching and learning materials, and partners.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be evaluating the impact of this grant. Grant recipients may be required to share a description of the outcomes of the grant and/or to submit grant-funded products; recipients may also be required to provide an external evaluator access to observe or attend grant activities. Educators in recipient districts may be asked to complete surveys or respond to questions regarding their work with the grant funds.
Please email the required forms as listed above, attached to a single email, to email@example.com. Please use the subject line:
Civics Teaching and Learning Grant — Fund Code 589 — [Entity Name]
Please use the provided filetypes (word and excel). Please do not send jpgs or other filetypes. Signature pages may be sent as pdf documents.
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 5pm on the due date. Late and/or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget in EdGrants and upload required documents. Once selected, grant recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: March 25, 2021
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