The Newton Public Schools grants office seeks, secures, and manages grants to further the mission and goals of the district, enhance educational programs, expand student services, and increase professional development opportunities for staff. Grants supplement, but do not supplant, the core services provided by the district general fund. Grants also offer opportunities to strengthen partnerships with community based agencies that enrich the schools.
Newton is fortunate to benefit from a variety of grant funding, including competitive discretionary grants from federal sources such as the US Department of Education, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice. Entitlement grants are allocated to the district by federal agencies and administered by the Massachusetts Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Early Education and Care. These key grants support ongoing services in the areas of special education, English language learning, supplemental math and literacy instruction and professional development. The state budget provides funding annually in support of programs such as METCO, Kindergarten, and Academic Support. In addition, new competitive grants from the state are sought to support new initiatives in the areas of academic support and supplemental services. Private grants have provided funds to support professional development and cultural enrichment programs.
The grants office aggressively seeks grants to support the district’s strategic plan, capitalize on opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, and sustain the services of programs that are effective. This link provides a snapshot of current grants for school year 2014-2015.