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My Brother’s Keeper Exemplary School Models and Practices (ESMP) Grant

Grants to New York Public School Districts to Improve
Academic Outcomes for Minority Boys and Young Men

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services

Deadline Date:

12/18/17 5:00 PM Receipt or Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants to New York public school districts to improve academic outcomes and promote career and college readiness for young men and boys of color. This definition includes male public school students who are identified in the school records as Hispanic/Latino, Black or African-American, Native Hawaiian, Asian, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, American Indian, or two or more races.

Purpose:

This announcement is intended to assist public school districts in applying for the Exemplary School Models and Practices Grant (ESMP) for 2018-2020. The purpose of this development, dissemination and replication request for proposal (RFP) is to support innovative approaches to identifying, understanding, and overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, tools, policies, and guidelines that improve outcomes for youth placed at risk with an emphasis on boys and young men of color. Conversely, this grant process will also aid in understanding conditions that create a need to “de-implement” or decrease the use of strategies and procedures that are not evidence-based, have been prematurely widely adopted, or are harmful or inefficient. For example, some schools have extremely strict suspension policies which do not promote improved outcomes for students. The applicant may include information that would indicate that they are or will move away from harsh suspension strategies.

The primary objective of this program is to investigate and replicate educational programs and models that build academic identity and social capital for underachieving youths.

Project Goals:

The ultimate goal of success for the MBK ESMP is school districts that employ educational programs and models that build academic identity and social capital for underachieving youths. For the purposes of data reporting and analysis, projects will be deemed as meeting project expectations if they produce:

-Improved academic performance for boys and young men of color based on NYS assessments
-A reduction in the academic achievement gap for boys and young men of color
-Improved graduation rates for boys and young men of color

Funding Limitations and Method of Determine Award Amounts:

A minimum of 70% of the award must be spent on the expenses incurred in replicating the exemplary models, programs, and practices at the partner school site, and a maximum of 30% must be spent on developing and/or expanding the exemplary models, programs, and practices at the applicant school/demonstration site or developing and/or expanding the exemplary models, programs, and practices at another school within the applicant district each year.

Examples:

-Money spent on travel and release time so that staff from the demonstration site can travel to the partner school/replication site to meet, observe, consult, provide PD, etc. would be considered part of the replication site’s 70%.

-Money spent on travel and release time so that staff from the partner school/replication site can travel to the demonstration site to meet, observe, receive PD, etc. would be considered part of the replication site’s 70%.

-Durable goods, equipment, and training required to replicate the exemplary programs and practices at the partner school/replication site would be considered part of the replication site’s 70%.

-Durable goods, equipment, and training required to expand the exemplary programs and practices at the demonstration site or to replicate the exemplary programs and practices at another school within the applicant district would be considered part of the demonstration site’s 30%.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181558

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

Awards will be made as follows: one (1) to an eligible district contracting to provide American Indian Educational Services, three (3) to eligible districts in New York City, and four (4) to eligible districts in the rest of the state for a total of eight (8) awards. In the event that fewer than the designated number of awards are made in a given region, those remaining awards will be made state-wide based on the next highest ranked application.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum awards are limited to $250,000 each year for the three-year period with a minimum of 70% of the award ($175,000) to be spent on the expenses incurred in replicating the exemplary models, programs, and practices at the partner school site, and a maximum of 30% ($75,000) to be spent on developing and/or expanding the exemplary models, programs, and practices at the applicant school/demonstration site or developing and/or expanding the exemplary models, programs, and practices at another school within the applicant district each year.

Term of Contract:

The initial project period will be from February 14, 2018 – August 31, 2018, and for two subsequent years beginning September 1, 2018, subject to the continuation of the State appropriation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are:

NYS public school districts. For purposes of this grant, charter schools and BOCES are not included in the definition of public schools and are not eligible to apply.

The applicant district must have at least one school designated to serve as the demonstration site. The demonstration site school(s) must NOT be classified as a struggling, persistently struggling, or priority school. Applicants should supply data for the demonstration site with their applications demonstrating two or more years of improved outcomes toward project goals.

Non-Allowable Expenses:
1. Funds may not be used for indirect costs.
2. Funds may not be used for construction or renovation of classroom or office space.
3. Funds may not be used for equipment (items with a per-unit cost of $5000 or more).
4. Funds are not available for rental of office or meeting space, storage facilities, equipment, fixtures or communication cost (phone, postage, and/or electronic communication cost).
5. Funds cannot be used for items which previously had been assumed by the institution. The purpose of a MBK award is to supplement rather than supplant monies previously or presently allocated to MBK related activities.
6. MBK funds are intended to establish new efforts or to enrich or expand existing ones. They may not be used to supplant funding of other existing efforts.
7. MBK funds cannot be used to pay for the salary or stipend of the MBK ESMP Program Director’s Supervisor or someone designated as a Principal Investigator for the grant.
8. Funds may not be used for purposes other than those described in the approved grant contract.
9. MBK funds cannot be used for organizational dues or items not specifically allowed under the categories identified above.

Pre-Application Information:

A minimum 15 percent match of the approved MBK ESMP grant is required. The matching requirement may be met through the District's own resources, private sources, other governmental sources, and/or in-kind services. Other State funds may be used in this match with the exception of state grant funds from educational opportunity programs, but may not duplicate services provided. All matching contributions must be used for activities related exclusively to the MBK ESMP project, and institutional accounts must be structured to reflect this contribution by the appropriate line item.

Questions regarding this grant must be e-mailed by 11/24/2017. A Question and Answers Summary will be posted on the My Brother's Keeper website no later than 12/1/2017.

Applications for funding must be postmarked on or before 12/18/2017.

An application for funding meets the deadline requirement if it has a legible postmark, shipping label, invoice or receipt from the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier bearing the date of 12/18/2017 or earlier. Private metered postmarks will not be accepted as proof of meeting the required deadline.

Hand delivered applications must be received at the MBK ESMP -SED office by 5:00 PM on or before 12/18/2017.

Recording of informational webinar:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/2018-20-mbk-exemplary-school-models/webinar.html

Contact Information:

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

The State Education Department Contacts:

Program:
Karen Hymes
ModelRFP@nysed.gov

Fiscal:
Jessica Hartjen
ModelRFP@nysed.gov

New York State Education Department
Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services
89 Washington Avenue, EBA 960
Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-3719

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York