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Grants to Massachusetts K-12 Schools and School Districts for Literacy Programs in the Wake of the Coronavirus Crisis

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Fund Code: 730


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USA: Massachusetts

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Accelerating Literacy Learning through High Quality Instructional Materials

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #200272

Grant Description

Grants to Massachusetts public school districts, charter schools, and special education programs for equipment and materials that promote literacy education in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to equip K-12 schools and districts with the core instructional materials needed to advance literacy learning, as schools recover from extended closures and students require rich instructional support to accelerate their learning.

DESE seeks to award Literacy Acceleration grants to entities that:

  • Demonstrate a pre-existing priority on literacy, which the new curricular materials directly support, and evidence that implementation of the new resources will be sustainable;
  • Have conducted or plan to conduct an intentional and inclusive process to select new curricular materials that meet local needs and priorities;
  • Articulate a plan to provide robust, ongoing, and embedded support for educators who are expected to use new curricular materials;
  • Will advance culturally responsive practice as part of implementing new curricular materials.

Funds may be used toward:

  • Purchase of high-quality cor curricular materials for ELA/Literacy in any grade or grade span
  • Initial professional development at all schools using the new curricular materials purchased as part of the grant.

LEAs receiving this award will be required to participate in future research efforts related to early literacy assessment.

For additional information, see the Full Grant Text URL.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Massachusetts public school districts, charter schools, collaboratives, and approved special education programs are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to:
- Entities serving at or below 6,000 students total (e.g., a district or charter school whose total student population is fewer than 6,000 students); and/or
- Districts and schools in chronically underperforming status; and/or
- Districts and schools in chronically underperforming status in Strategic Transformation regions; and/or
- Districts and schools currently participating in the Evaluating and Selecting Network; and/or
- Entities that are currently implementing literacy curricular materials that do not meet expectations for quality based on a third-party review and are planning to replace those with high-quality instructional materials.

All schools in the district serving the designated grade band must participate in the purchase and implementation of curricular materials under this grant. For instance, if the district is funded to purchase curricular materials for grades 6–8, all schools in the district that serve grades 6–8 must participate.


Funds may not be used for:
- Stipends of any kind
- Technology (e.g., iPads, headphones, smart boards)
- Substitute costs, consultants, or staffing
- Pilot Materials

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 24, 2023, by 5:00 PM.

Please submit questions by January 10, 2023. Responses will be posted on DESE's Literacy and Humanities webpage under the "News and Headlines" section by January 17, 2023.

Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Curriculum Data must be up to date on DESE District Profiles for K–8 ELA/Literacy, K–12 math, and 6–8 Science by five (5) business days after the due date of this grant. See:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant will support schools and districts with 50% of the purchase price of new core instructional materials for literacy, and up to the entire cost of the initial professional development for educators to implement those materials (total for both not to exceed $200,000).

Term of Contract:

Project Duration: Upon Approval – June 30, 2023

Contact Information:


Direct questions to Mary Brown at

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

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