The purpose of this state and federal continuation grant is to support the development and expansion of high quality, comprehensive summer learning opportunities and partnerships in districts to address both the academic and social-emotional impacts of COVID-19 on students.
Support the development of a new summer program or the expansion of an existing summer program by adding more students and/or types of programming/time;
Offer at least 120 hours of evidence/research-based programming with a focus on academic and social-emotional learning opportunities (Note: Applications with 150 hours or more was prioritized for original awards but applications with at least 120 hours of programming are allowed.);
Offer engaging and interactive programming, including enrichment and recreation activities, that will excite and motivate students to attend, build relationships and promote youth voice;
Create a culturally responsive, anti-racist and welcoming environment that leverages the knowledges, strengths, and assets of students, families, educators and the community; and
Partner with community-based organizations for cost and resource-sharing to address needs of the district and families, including but not limited to expanded hours to support care, transportation and intentional/authentic family engagement activities.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Fund Code (FC) 527-525-523 recipients
Federal and State
Fund Code 527: State
Fund Code 523: Federal CFDA 84.425 — Federal Coronavirus Relief Programs - Federal Grant Programs
Fund Code 525: Federal CFDA 84.425C
A total of approximately $5,000,000 is available.
Available funding includes: Approximately $1,000,000 through the state line item 7061-9814, approximately $1,300,000 through Federal CFDA 84.425 — Elementary & Secondary Education Emergency Relief (ESSER) , and approximately $2,700,000 through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds. Funded applicants will be notified upon award which fund code(s) and funding source(s) are supporting their award.
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 must be used in alignment with the purpose and priorities outlined and as described in a budget, budget narrative, and required program information that is submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (Department's) Office of Student and Family Support. Indirect and equipment costs are not allowed. MTRS is only allowed and required for federally-funded grants — Department will notify upon award if federal or state funding is supporting their award.
Important Note: Students being served by these funds cannot be charged to participate. Additionally, funds cannot be used to pay students to participate in these programs.
Upon approval (no earlier than 7/1/2023)* – August 31, 2023
* Grant start date cannot be prior to DESE receiving a substantially approvable Application Submission as directed in this RFP's Submission Instructions. Goods and Services cannot be procured prior to Grants receiving and approving an application submission. Funds cannot exceed the project duration end date.
Office of Student and Family Support
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Part I — General Program Unit Signature Page (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget — Entered directly into EdGrants (template for drafting purposes only)
Part III — Required Program Information
A grant-end data report on the funded activities and outcomes of the program(s) must be submitted by September 30, 2023. A link will be sent with information similar to the FY2023 grant-end data report.
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.
In EdGrants, grantees are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY2024 527 or 525 or 523 District Name.
All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Executive Director's signature.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.
Please note: It is up to the grantee to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit the grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls document to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.
Last Updated: April 24, 2023
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