The BPS Grants Management Process

  • All grants applied to and received by the Boston Public Schools, including grants applied to by individual teachers, staff, schools, and programs, adhere to the 4-phase grant process outlined below. 

    Through these phases, the Office of Federal and State Grants works with grant applicants and program managers to provide constant support and training. This allows the Office of Federal and State Grants to assure that all programs are receiving support and that all grants best serve students while meeting compliance requirements. 
     
    Note: Management differs slightly for private grants housed in the Boston Educational Development Foundation (BEDF), though the Application Process remains the same. Please go through the Application Process and BPS will work with you to determine where the grant will be housed.  

  •  Click for more information on Phase 1, the Application Process at BPS   Click for more information on Phase 2, obtaining School Committee approval and grant setup at BPS   Click for more information on Phase 3, program implementation at BPS   Click for more information on Phase 4, grant closeout and reporting

Phase 1: The Grant Application Process

  • All grants applied to by BPS - including those applied to by individuals, schools, departments, or programs - must follow the grants application process. This process ensures that applicants have the necessary information to complete the proposal, that the proposal is aligned to district priorities, that competing proposals are not being submitted, and that the proposal is a strategic decision for the district as well as provides support to applicants.
     
    Please visit our Applying to Grants page for more information on how to apply for a grant at the Boston Public Schools.
    Click to visit the application process page for BPS grants
     
    Once a grant has been submitted and the funder has granted the award, you will move into Phase 2.  
     
     

Phase 2: School Committee Approval & Grant Setup

  • Once a grant has been received and the funder issues an award letter, the grant moves onto the School Committee approval and Setup phase. Before any program implementation or spending may begin, the grant must obtain approval from the School Committee. Once a grant has School Committee Approval and an award letter from the funder, the grant is set up in BPS' financial systems.  
  • Obtaining School Committee Approval for a Grant

    Obtaining School Committee Approval for a Grant

    All grants awarded to the Boston Public Schools must first obtain approval by the School Committee before any dollars may be accepted into the district. Click for more information on the School Committee and how to obtain School Committee approval.

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  • Setting Up a Grant in BPS

    Setting Up a Grant in BPS

    Once an award letter has been issued from the funder and the School Committee has approved the grant, the grant is ready to be set up in BPS' financial system. A member of the Office of Federal and State Grants team will set up the grant according to the submitted budget and work with you to understand your funding and how to compliantly spend.

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Feedback

  • Tell us how we are doing! We welcome all feedback, comments and questions. 
     Click to submit feedback to the Office of Federal and State Grants

Phase 3. Program Implementation

  • Once the awarded grant has been set up in the BAIS Financials system, the Program Manager may carry out the grant-funded program according to the funder-approved budget and narrative. The Office of Federal and State Grants provides assistance and support in grant program implementation. Please see below for some of the tools and resources for program implementation, or contact us with any questions.  
  • Amending Your Grant Program or Budget

    Amending Your Grant Program or Budget

    Grant amendments, submitted to the funder, are necessary when there is a modification to the scope or the finances of the approved grant program or budget.
    Amendments must be approved by the funder prior to being implemented.

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  • Tools and Resources for Managing your Grant

    Tools and Resources for Managing your Grant

    The Office of Federal and State Grants has many tools available to assist you in managing your grant. These tools and resources include: helpful how-to guidance documents for working with your budget, contact lists for key BPS staff, guidance for assuring compliance, key facts and figures, and detailed processes/procedures for every step of managing your grant.

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  • Get Connected: Sign up for our Newsletter

    Get Connected: Sign up for our Newsletter

    Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter for important announcements, upcoming School Committee dates, changes to policies and practices, and tips for managing your grant.

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Phase 4. Closeout and Reporting

  • As the grant end date approaches, the Office of Federal and State Grants will work with you to determine if a final amendment is needed and the additional actions required in order to assure compliant spend-down by the grant end. There are a variety of actions that must occur after the grant has ended. Please see the below for more information on grant closeout and reporting. 
  • Grant Clean up in Preparation for Close Out

    Grant Clean up in Preparation for Close Out

    It is the responsibility of the Program Manager to clean up the grant in preparation for grant close out. The Office of Federal and State Grants will work with the Program Manager to assure that dollars have been compliantly and entirely spent down, that all purchases have been completed, and that necessary amendments have been submitted.

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  • Final Amendments

    Final Amendments

    Most Federal and State grants require an amendment to be filed no later than 30 days prior to the end of the grant. Grant amendments are necessary when there is a modification to the scope or the finances of the approved grant program or budget.
    The Office of Federal and State Grants will work with you to determine if an amendment is needed and to complete the amendment.

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  • Final Reports: Fiscal Reporting

    Final Reports: Fiscal Reporting

    All final fiscal reports will be completed and submitted by the BPS Accounting Coordinator. Please contact us for more information on final reports.

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  • Final Reports: Programmatic Reports

    Final Reports: Programmatic Reports

    It is the responsibility of the grant Program Manager to complete and submit all programmatic reports. Please send the Office of Federal and State Grants a copy of the final programmatic report.

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  • Goal Outcome Reporting

    Goal Outcome Reporting

    At the conclusion of every grant, Program Managers are to report on the level of attainment of their goals. This information is used to inform the district of initiatives that are working, areas of progress, and level of attainment of greater categories of objectives.

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