The purpose of this competitive grant program is to equip schools and districts with the high-quality core instructional materials needed to accelerate literacy learning, particularly as schools recover from extended closures and students require rich instructional support to accelerate their learning.
This grant will support schools and districts to purchase new core instructional materials for literacy, as well as initial professional development for educators to implement those materials. High-quality core curricular materials for any grade, kindergarten through grade 12, are eligible.
DESE seeks to award Literacy Acceleration grants to entities (e.g., schools and districts, charter schools, collaboratives, approved special education programs) that:
Priority will be given to:
All Massachusetts public school districts, charter schools, collaboratives, and approved special education programs are eligible to apply.
All schools in the district serving the designated grade band must participate in the purchase and implementation of curricular materials under this grant. For instance, if the district is funded to purchase curricular materials for grades 6–8, all schools in the district that serve grades 6–8 must participate.
StateFederal (CFDA 84.425U)
Approximately $944,000 is available for schools and districts. The maximum award for any LEA is $200,000.
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.
Funds may be used towards:
Funds may not be used towards technology (e.g., iPads, headphones, smart boards), substitute costs, consultants, or staffing.
Upon Approval – 6/30/2022
Office of Literacy and Humanities, Center for Instructional Support
Friday, January 7, 2022Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget Details
Part III — Required Program Information
EdReports and CURATE provide curricular reviews and ratings. Educators should consult these reports to determine if the curricular materials currently in use meet expectations for quality. Some popular curricular materials that do not meet expectations for quality on EdReports and/or CURATE include the following. Schools and districts currently using any of these materials would receive priority for this grant in order to support replacing the low-quality materials.
Responses to Questions submitted as of January 5, 2022
Please email the required documents as listed above, attached to a single email, to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line ACCELERATING LITERACY GRANT. Please use the provided filetypes (word and excel). Signature pages should be sent as word or 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.
Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget and upload Part I — Program Unit Signature Page and Part III — Required Program Information into EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: January 18, 2022
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