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Grants to Maine Local Education Providers to Close the Educational Gaps of Students

Innovative Instruction and Tutoring Grant

GrantWatch ID# 208144
Agency: State

Funding Source
Maine Department of Education (DOE)
Office of Innovation
Funding or PIN Number: RFA #202302022
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maine

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/24/23 11:59 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $40,000 to Maine local education providers to close the educational gaps of students. Funding is intended to provide high-quality tutoring and instruction to students to address unfinished learning and/or learning loss through the use of project-based learning and other interdisciplinary approaches.

The State of Maine is seeking applications to provide funding to local education providers to encourage the facilitation of innovative instruction and tutoring programs that address learning loss or unfinished learning through the use of project-based learning and other interdisciplinary approaches. 

To be eligible for an award, a local education provider’s innovative instruction and tutoring program must, to the extent practicable, be:  
  • Provided for groups of students;
  • Provided to the same groups of students for a minimum of 6 weeks;
  • Provided by high-quality, trained staff, including but not limited to teachers, paraprofessionals, or community providers;
  • Aligned with the local education provider's academic standards using high-quality content-rich, project-based curricula and that incorporates relevant student experiences and student background knowledge in the development of the learning projects;
  • Data-driven, with interim assessments to monitor student progress; and
  • Targeted to all students in a grade level or school. 
If the innovative instruction and tutoring program does not include all of the above eligible criteria (or program requirements), the Applicant must address the reason for the modification or omission and how the Applicant intends to achieve the same desired student outcomes as part of their application to this RFA. 

The Department will give priority to applications that: 
  • Address educational disparities due to race or income;
  • Serve students from low-income households or underserved students to address learning loss or unfinished learning due to extended gaps or interruptions in a student's education; or
  • Include partnerships with community-based organizations.
Allowable Uses
Funding provided under this RFA may be used for the following purposes:
  • Hiring or contracting for program staff;
  • Providing stipends or other incentives to teachers, paraprofessionals, retired teachers and community organizations;
  • Developing curricula and related supplies;
  • Covering costs associated with renting or purchasing physical space for programming; and
  • Paying administrative expenses


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible the applicant must:
- Be a local education provider as defined in Title 20-A M.R.S.A Chapter 320 which is a school administrative unit as described in 20-A M.R.S.A §1, 26, a school in the unorganized territory under 20-A M.R.S.A Chapter 119, a public charter school under 20-A M.R.S.A Chapter 112, or a school/program established under 20-A M.R.S.A. Part 4, Subpart 2 (Applied Technology Education); and
- Meet one of the following: Has a poverty certification rating of 40 percent or greater; or Is identified as “rural” through Title V status (federal or state)

Pre-Application Information
Application Submission Date: March 24, 2023 11:59 PM Local Time. Applications received after the 11:59 p.m. deadline will be ineligible for award consideration for that application enrollment period. Only applications received by e-mail will be considered.

Any questions must be submitted by e-mail to the RFA Coordinator identified on the Grant RFPs and RFAs webpage by March 9, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. local time.

All applications will be opened the following business day, March 27, 2023. Applications not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned e-mail address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for award.

Number of Grants
The Department plans to award up to ten grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The Department plans to award grants, each with a value of up to $40,000 for the purpose outlined in this RFA.

Term of Contract
Programming must be completed by Friday, September 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, via e-mail, at:

Grant Coordinator
Beth Lambert

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