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FY2022: Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts (GLEAM), K–5 and 6–12

Grants to Massachusetts Public School Districts and
Charter Schools for Projects to Improve Literacy

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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Grants to Massachusetts public school districts and charter schools for projects to improve literacy. Funding is intended for projects to support students in grades K-12. Priority will be given to projects benefiting historically underserved students, including English learners and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.


DESE seeks to award GLEAM grants to entities that:

  • Articulate a clear approach to building and sustaining multi-tiered systems of support for Literacy, based upon the GLEAM activities;
  • Demonstrate favorable conditions and the resources necessary to make and sustain meaningful Literacy program improvements, across multiple schools if applicable;
  • Bring together a diverse coalition of stakeholders committed to the activities articulated in the grant proposal, including families, diverse staff members, administrators, school committee, and students where appropriate.

Competitive Priorities

  1. Competitive priority will be given to entities with at least one school:
    • Identified as requiring assistance in the state accountability system based upon 2019 data and/or
    • With an overall accountability percentile of 20 or below based upon 2019 data.
  2. Additional competitive priority will be given to entities whose total student population is comprised of 10% or more students identified as English Learners.
  3. Additional competitive priority will be given to applications in which over 50% of schools named to participate in GLEAM serve a population of students of which over 50% are identified as economically disadvantaged (or 40% for high schools).

Funding is available for:

  • Track 1: This track strengthens the Tier 1 core Literacy learning experience offered to all students. Applicants focused on the K–5 grade band or 6–12 grade band, and without high-quality core curricular materials in place, may apply for this Track
  • Track 2: This track strengthens Literacy support for students across all three Tiers. Applicants focused on the K–5 grade band with high-quality core curricular materials already in place, or any applicant focused on the 6–12 grade band.

See the Fund Use Details document in Supporting Documents below for more information about Funding Tracks.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195050

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Number of Grants:

Up to 15 GLEAM grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

The range of $20,000–$300,000

Term of Contract:

Upon Approval (no earlier than July 1, 2021) – August 31, 2022

Continuations for recipients will be available for additional funding in FY2023 (October 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023) and FY2024 (October 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024) to enact the full multi-year GLEAM program. Districts with funds remaining on August 31 may request an extension to September 30 with no additional funds awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public school districts and charter schools meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- With at least one school in which the percentage of students identified as economically disadvantaged is 50% or greater; and/or
- With at least one high school in which the percentage of students identified as economically disadvantaged is 40% or greater

A group of eligible LEAs (public school districts and/or charter schools) may apply as a consortium convened by a lead fiscal agent, which may be a collaborative.

Due to the structure of this federal funding, applicants may only apply for one grade band, either K–5 or 6–12.
- If applying for grades K–5, please use fund code 509. If applying for grades 6–12, please use fund code 510.
- LEAs in the Strategic Transformation region are excepted from this restriction and may apply for more than one grade band.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Office Hours:
Join staff to get your GLEAM Program Grants questions answered as you work collaboratively with a diverse district team to develop a high quality grant proposal. All sessions occur weekly on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm.

- Mar 18, 2021 03:30 PM
- Mar 25, 2021 03:30 PM
- Apr 1, 2021 03:30 PM
- Apr 8, 2021 03:30 PM
- Apr 15, 2021 03:30 PM
- Apr 22, 2021 03:30 PM
- Apr 29, 2021 03:30 PM
- May 6, 2021 03:30 PM

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

- Statement of Intent — Submit by March 19th: Districts or charters intending or considering to apply for GLEAM funding are strongly encouraged to complete the "GLEAM: Statement of Intent" survey. Submission of the "Statement of Intent" is non-binding and allows DESE to offer assistance during the application process.

- Thursday, May 13, 2021: Complete grant proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

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Contact Information:

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

Statement of Intent:

Submit required forms and direct questions to:
Allison Pickens
Phone Number:
(781) 338-3515

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts

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