The 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’s general fund. Approximately 9% of Chelsea Public Schools’ annual budget is provided by grants (nearly $10 million).
Chelsea is fortunate to benefit from a variety of grant funding, including competitive discretionary grants from the Department of Public Health, and private foundations such as the Barr Foundation. However, most of our grants (entitlement, allocation, continuation, other non-competitive, and competitive) are available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Educaiton (DESE).
These key grants support ongoing services in the areas of special education, English language learning, supplemental math and literacy instruction and professional development, among others.