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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO:     36                                                                   



TO:                  Superintendents of Schools, Special Education Directors


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education


DATE:             September 30, 2004


SUBJECT:       A Grant Opportunity for Schools and Community-Based Partnerships


The Department of Education is pleased to share with you a Request for Proposals (RFP).  The Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services is seeking proposals to develop and provide pre-service and in-service programs to parents, students, education professionals and community members statewide to ensure that students with disabilities meet the Learning Results.  The grants will be for up to one year, renewable yearly for up to 5 years at the sole discretion of the Department.  Approximate funding available will be up to $1,250,000.


Targeted Needs Grants

o       All Administrative Units (SAUs), public and private non-profit entities are eligible to apply

o       Applications are due November 5, 2004

o       For a copy of the RFP, contact Dana Duncan at