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Grants to Massachusetts School Districts to Promote Equity and Close Gaps in Education

Student Opportunity Act — Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 195061
Agency: State

Funding Source
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/22/22
Deadline: 01/26/23 5:00 PM Eastern Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts school districts for programs to promote equity in education. Focus areas include early literacy, inclusion and co-teaching for English language learners and students with disabilities, expanded learning time, and retaining and recruiting administrators and educators in hard-to-staff schools and positions.

The purpose of this three-year combined state and trust funded competitive grant is to address persistent disparities in achievement among specific student groups, improve educational opportunities for all students, share best practices for improving classroom learning and support efficiencies within and across school districts (Student Opportunity Act, 21st Century Education Program, Section 16A:

With an emphasis on improving equity and closing gaps, this competitive grant prioritizes the adoption of evidence-based programs that have proven to improve educational opportunities for all students. This grant will support the development or enhancement of district efforts to implement the following Evidence-Based Program (EBP) areas:

  1. Co-teaching / inclusion for students with disabilities and English learners
  2. Research-based early literacy programs in pre-kindergarten and early elementary grades
  3. Strategies to recruit and retain educators/administrators in hard-to-staff schools and positions,
  4. Implement Expanded Learning Time (ELT) in the form of a longer school day or year

Support effective implementation of a particular district-determined EBP. 

Priority will be given to:

  1. Districts and schools in chronically underperforming status,
  2. Districts serving ≥ (at least) 25 percent of students who are identified as low-income as indicated at the Department's School and District profiles page or through other documented evidence,
  3. Eligible districts in the Commonwealth receiving rural school aid, and
  4. Districts with an increase in Chapter 70 funding up to, but not above $1.5 million.
  5. Applications that reflect a strong commitment to enhancing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction and establishing / strengthening systems that promote and foster equity with a particular focus on students who have been historically underserved by our education systems, including but not limited to those who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Indigenous, and Multiracial students, students with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQIA+ students, students experiencing homelessness and/or financial insecurity, and students who are undocumented.

Funds may be used to support programming costs including staff salaries, stipends, staff planning time as it relates to the grant, contracts, high quality instructional materials, costs related to professional development and training activities, and other expenses associated with implementing grant funded programming.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Massachusetts public school districts with FY22 SOA Plan Amendments that meet statutory requirements. See

Unallowable Expenditures:
Out-of-State travel, food, overhead or other facilities costs, current transportation costs or other currently funded costs, or any expenditures not directly related to grant activities.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Grant Information Webinar and Q&A session will be hosted on December 22, 2022 at the following Zoom link:

Topic: Webinar — FY23 Evidence Based Program Grant
Time: Dec 22, 2022 at 3:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Erica Champagne is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EBP Grant Webinar
Time: Dec 22, 2022 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 856 9578 4331
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Pre-Application Information
Date Due: Thursday, January 26, 2023*

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on the date due.

Due to the competitive nature of this grant program, all questions regarding this funding opportunity must be submitted in writing via email no later than Wednesday December 28, 2022. Questions and Answers (Q&A) will be compiled and posted publicly for all applicants to reference. Additional questions will be addressed during the Grant Information Webinar and Q&A session.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Districts may apply for between $50,000 - $300,000 annually per EBP, and awards will be based on the size of the district/school sites and scope of the proposed project.

Term of Contract
Project Duration: Upon Approval through 6/30/2023, with annual renewals based on approval for FY24 and FY25.

Contact Information

Submit applications documents via email to the address above.

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