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Special Education Program Improvement Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Special Education
Schools to Enhance Staff Capacity and Retention

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - Special Education Planning and Policy Development

Deadline Date:

11/30/16 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,500 to Massachusetts private special education schools to improve the capacity of staff members to meet the needs of attending students. Funding will support the professional development of educators. The primary goals of this program are to improve program-based induction, mentoring, retention programs and to advance the skills of educators.

All funded programs must be high quality, sustainable, and intensive in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction and outcomes for students with disabilities. Applicants are directed to select at least one priority and complete the required program information:

-Priority #1 — Strengthening Curriculum and Instruction
-Priority #2 — Non-Academic Supports
-Priority #3 — Early Childhood Inclusive Practices for Students with disabilities
-Priority #4 — Secondary Transition

Award amounts will be based upon the total number of publicly funded students with disabilities from Massachusetts enrolled on October 1, 2016, which is consistent with the date on which the most recently available Massachusetts Public Student Enrollment count is based.

The following are allowable costs:
-Fringe (related to stipends only);
-Tuition costs for college/university courses;
-Conference registration costs;
-Supplies, materials, and books specifically for training purposes and professional development;
-Printing and reproduction of training materials;
-Consultant fees;
-Substitutes; and
-In-state travel.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147905

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts will be based upon the total number of publicly funded students with disabilities. The allocations are:

-1 - 4 Students: $1,000.
-5 - 24 Students: $1,500.
-25 - 49 Students: $2,000.
-50 - 74 Students: $2,500.
-75 - 149 Students: $3,000.
-150+ Students: $3,500.

Term of Contract:

The grant term begins upon approval and runs through August 31, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Massachusetts approved private special education schools and programs may be awarded funds under this grant.

Agencies with multiple approved schools/programs may submit a proposal from any additional individually approved program that has an enrollment greater than 35 students.

Not Funded:
-Computer hardware or software;
-Indirect costs;
-Direct services or materials for students;
-Food; and
-Restraint training as required under 603 CMR 46.00.

Pre-Application Information:

The recommended date due is Wednesday, November 30,2016. Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 PM on the date due.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grace Willis
(781) 338-3375

Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

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