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My Brother’s Keeper Exemplary School Models and Practices (ESMP) Grant
A New York State My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
Announcement of Funding Opportunity


Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document – Revised 5/19/17
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 5/19/17

Legislative Authority

Chapter 53 of the laws of 2016.  With the adoption of the 2016-2017 New York State budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s My Brother’s Keeper challenge.


The purpose of the Exemplary School Models and Practices grant is to close the achievement gap and increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness (CCR) of students with an emphasis on boys and young men of color.

The State Education Department will award grants to districts that will develop and/or expand exemplary high quality college and career readiness school models, programs and practices that demonstrate cultural and linguistic responsiveness, that emphasize the needs of boys and young men of color.


The allocation for 2017-2018 is expected to be $2,000,000.

The initial project period will be from September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018, and for two subsequent years beginning September 1, 2018, subject to the continuation of the State appropriation.  Awards will be made as follows: two (2) to districts contracting to provide American Indian Educational Services, five (5) to eligible districts in New York City, and seven (7) to eligible districts in the rest of the state for a total of fourteen (14) awards. In the event that fewer than the designated number of awards are made in a given region, those remaining awards will be made state-wide based on the next highest ranked application.

Program Start Date & Coverage of Expenditures:

The beginning date for grant activities is September 1, 2017.  Only expenses incurred during this period will be eligible for coverage with these state funds.

The initial program period is September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018.  Program year two is September 1, 2018 -August 31, 2019 and three is September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020.  Maximum awards are limited to $140,000 each year for the three-year period.

Matching Requirements:

A minimum 15 percent (15%) match of approved grant contract is required.

The matching requirements may be met through the institution’s own resources, private sources, other non-state government sources, and/or in-kind services.  Other State funds may be used in this match except for state grant funds from educational opportunity programs, but may not duplicate services provided.  All matching contributions must be used for activities related exclusively to the MBK ESMP project, and institutional accounts must be structured to reflect this contribution by the appropriate line item.

Applicant Eligibility:

Eligible applicants are:
NYS public school districts designated in the NYSED listing of public school districts as:

  • NYS public school districts contracted to provide educational services to American Indian reservation populations.

The applicant district must have at least one school designated to serve as the demonstration site. The demonstration site school(s) must not be classified as a struggling, persistently struggling, or priority school.

Important Dates:

Full proposals must be postmarked by 6/16/2017

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 5/19/17

Questions regarding this grant must be e-mailed to
ModelRFP@nysed.gov  by 5/10/2017
A Question and Answers Summary will be posted on the My Brother's Keeper website no later than 5/19/2017
Webinar will be available on the My Brother's Keeper website on 5/1/2017

Informational Webinar

Recording of Informational Webinar – Posted 5/1/17

For Information and Submission, Contact:

For Information and Submission, Contact:                     

New York State Education Department
Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services
89 Washington Avenue, EBA 960
Albany, New York 12234
(518) 474-3719

The State Education Department Contacts:         

Karen Hymes

Jessica Hartjen

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 5/19/17

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Last Updated: May 19, 2017