Module 1 – Eligibility Period
To further maximize resources, the MSBA has formalized and streamlined the beginning of its grant process with the establishment of an Eligibility Period, which has and will continue to result in several benefits to the District and the MSBA. The Eligibility Period assists the MSBA with managing its financial resources by identifying early in the process whether a District is ready to manage and fund a capital project. It will help to determine a District’s financial and community readiness to enter the capital pipeline. It will also assist Districts locally by providing a definitive schedule and identifying needs for planning and budgeting.
A vote of the MSBA Board of Directors to invite a District into the Eligibility Period is based on a review of the District’s Statement of Interest ("SOI") and staff due diligence and recommendation. The vote initiates a 270-day period for the District to complete certain preliminary requirements that include: 1) a certification of the District’s understanding of the grant program rules by executing an Initial Compliance Certification; 2) forming a School Building Committee and submitting the membership to the MSBA for acceptance; 3) completing an Educational Profile Questionnaire to further inform the MSBA’s understanding of the District’s current and proposed educational facilities, teaching methodology, grade configurations and program offerings; 4) a summary of the District’s existing maintenance practices; 5) certification of a design enrollment for the proposed project agreed upon with the MSBA (may not be applicable for Repair Assessments depending on the proposed scope of work); 6) confirmation of community authorization and funding to proceed (see MSBA Vote Requirements); and, 7) execution of the MSBA’s standard Feasibility Study Agreement, which establishes a process for the District to be reimbursed for eligible expenses.
Districts that are able to successfully complete the preliminary requirements in less than 270 days may receive an invitation earlier than 270 days, as determined by the MSBA. An invitation to the Eligibility Period is not an invitation to Feasibility Study and it does not guarantee an invitation to the MSBA’s capital pipeline. Districts that do not successfully complete the preliminary requirements within the 270-day period will have to re-file an SOI during the next open SOI filing period.
The MSBA’s program for school building construction and renovation grants is a non-entitlement competitive grant program. Grants are distributed by the MSBA’s Board of Directors based on need and urgency, as expressed by the District and validated by the MSBA. Submitting an SOI is the critical first step in the MSBA’s program for school building construction and renovation grants.
2016 SOI Process
MSBA staff anticipates recommendations for Invitation to Eligibility Period at the February 15, 2017 Board Meeting, which concludes 2016 Statement of Interest business.
2017 SOI Process
The 2017 SOI submittal period opened on January 6, 2017. The deadline to file SOIs for consideration in the ARP, which is primarily for the repair and/or replacement of roofs, windows/doors, and/or boilers in an otherwise structurally sound facility, is Friday, February 17, 2017.
The deadline to file SOIs for consideration in the Core Program, which is primarily for projects beyond the scope of ARP, including extensive repairs, renovations, addition/renovations, and new school construction, will close Friday, April 7, 2017.
10 Districts are participating in Eligibility Period after the February 15, 2017 Board Meeting.
- Arlington, Framingham, Marblehead, Shrewsbury, Springfield, Wareham, Tewksbury, Central Berkshire, Amesbury, West Springfield
At the February 15, 2017 Board Meeting:
- Seven districts were invited to conduct Feasibility Studies (Arlington, Framingham, Marblehead, Shrewsbury, Springfield, Tewksbury, Wareham)
- 17 districts were recommended for an invitation (Acton-Boxborough, Braintree, Bridgewater-Raynham, Easton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Gloucester, Lawrence, Leicester, Millbury, Nauset Regional School District, Orange, Rockland, Sharon, Springfield, Westborough, Worcester)