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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2023: Early Literacy Formative Feedback Reviews

Fund Code: 727


The purpose of this targeted grant program is to provide funds to eligible Sponsoring Organizations to participate in a Formative Feedback Review for Early Literacy Programs. Formative Feedback Reviews will provide clear, comprehensive feedback on programmatic alignment to new expectations for early literacy instruction though optional, no-stakes reviews conducted by TPI-US.


Supporting educator preparation programs to align coursework, field-based experiences, and partnerships with evidence-based early literacy practices.


To be eligible, an Educator Preparation Sponsoring Organization must:

  • Have an approved Early Childhood PK–2, Elementary 1–6, or Moderate Disabilities PK–8 licensure program. List of Sponsoring Organizations with relevant programs
  • Be scheduled for a TPI-US Early Literacy Formative Feedback Review, to take place at any point between August 15, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
Funding Type:



Up to approximately $200,000 is available.

Eligible Sponsoring Organizations may apply for up to $10,000 total.

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 planning for and/or participation in the Early Literacy Formative Feedback Review, and/or implementing related continuous improvement efforts (e.g., program development, staffing needs, materials, curriculum, or professional development) that emerge from the results of the review.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval – 6/30/2023

Program Unit:

Center for Instructional Support/ Office of Educator Effectiveness


Shannon Clancy

Date Due:

Applications will be approved on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2023.

Required Forms:
Required forms for Colleges/State Agencies Only:

In addition to the above documents, Required in EdGrants:

  • FY2023: ISA Crosswalk Federal & State — State Colleges and Universities

  • State Agencies with ISAs: Waiver filed with ANF to reduce the amount of indirect charged to these grant funds in MMARS. It is the responsibility of the applying entity that is a state agency to file an indirect waiver request with ANF and send a copy of the approved request to CTR. DESE cannot request indirect waivers on behalf of state agencies. (See Fund Use section for more info; See Additional Information for Colleges/State Agencies section for the ANF Waiver Request Form)

Additional Information for Colleges/State Agencies:

The information below is intended for state entities that require ISAs as part of their grant award process. Not intended for Private or Community Based Organizations.

  1. ISA process timeline

  2. MA Expenditure Classification Handbook

  3. MA Comptroller's Office Fringe Information

  4. ISA and EdGrants Amendment Requirements

Submission Instructions:

Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants

Please use the following naming convention for your application in EdGrants:

  • FY23 FC727 Early Literacy Formative Feedback Reviews [Applicant Name]

All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.

Please note: It is up to the district or organization 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 users.

Last Updated: August 30, 2022

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