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Grants to Massachusetts Schools and School Districts to
Improve or Institute Educational Programs for Bilingual Students

English Learner Education Support

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Deadline Date:

09/30/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts schools and districts to improve or institute educational programs to support bilingual students. Funding is intended to build on existing programs or introduce creative new programs to benefit students for whom English is a second language. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a more culturally and linguistically diverse workforce.

This competitive grant program is one of the multiple ways DESE is supporting districts that have English learners and wish to implement new and innovative ELE programs and supports for innovative ELE programs.

There are three goals for the grant. Districts may apply for funding to fulfill any one or more of the three goals:

  • Goal 1: Develop and/or implement an alternative bilingual ELE program for English learners.
  • Goal 2: Create (and cultivate) or continue a "grow your own" bilingual education hub that would support and encourage statewide initiative and collaboration, improve the Bilingual Education educator pipeline, share knowledge to accelerate the adoption of proven and recognized programmatic models for English learners, and develop successful models that can be replicated for years to come
  • Goal 3: Develop high quality ESL and/or dual language curriculum or enrich the existing ESL and/or dual language curriculum, or align purchased curricular materials to WIDA Standards, MA Frameworks that prioritizes deeper learning and the linguistic and academic needs of multilingual learners.

For priorities for each of these three goals, see URL for Full Text (RFP), below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 205365

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $1,000,000 of this funding is reserved for eligible applicants in the commonwealth's 26 Gateway Municipalities as defined by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 23a, Section 3a and have 100 or more ELs.

Term of Contract:

Project Duration:
- School Year: FY2023: Upon approval through 6/30/2023
- Summer: FY2024: 7/1/2023 – 8/31/2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This competitive grant program is designed for districts, charter schools, regional schools, and collaboratives.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete proposals must be submitted by email by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30, 2022.

Applicants will receive a confirmation when the materials are received. Early submission is strongly encouraged to ensure the complete application is received and confirmed by 5:00 pm on the due date.

Vision for English Learner Education and Blueprint for EL Success:

Contact Information:

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

Complete proposals must be submitted by email to

Contact Diana at the above email address or at (781) 338-3584.

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

Funding or Pin Number:

Fund Code: 181

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts

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