Last time we looked at Educator Quality, one of several federal allocation grants through state education agencies. These grants have titles:
- Title I Allocation for Poorest and Lowest Achieving Children
- Title IIA Educator Quality
- Title III LEP, Limited English Proficiency Support Grant
There is also a SPED grant, called the 240 in some states, that provides extra support for special education.
Kinds of Grants Available From State Ed Agencies
The five kinds of government grants available are entitlement, allocation, continuation, other non-competitive and competitive.
- Entitlement grants are awarded to recipients based on formulas set forth in laws or regulations. Recipients are entitled to receive funds if they comply with the programmatic requirements outlined in the RFP.
- Allocation grants are awarded to recipients based on formulas developed to promote Department priorities. The programmatic requirements outlined in the RFP must be met before the grant will be awarded.
- Continuation grants are those in which the recipients of grants in one year are awarded funds at the same level for the following year. These grants were initially competitive and are funded for multiple years on a continuation basis.
- Other Non-Competitive grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis or to a limited number of recipients based on certain eligibility criteria, or on a continuation basis to the same recipients but at a higher level of support.
- Competitive grants are open to applicants that meet eligibility criteria listed in the RFP. Reading teams and rating sheets are used in the review process to ensure a fair and open competition among eligible applicants.1
If it is your job to monitor the government grants for your district, you need to get organized. The application procedures are complicated. I find, though, that once you've done one, the rest are easier; the trick is to stay organized and keep a detailed calendar on the wall over your desk. Keeping track of deadlines is critical. You'll also want to keep a list of the phone numbers of your state's grants liaisons. Each Title has a different person in charge.
Keep a separate colored binder for each title and keep the binders in a rolling cart, you'd be amazed how many times the superintendent or business manager will call and ask for you to "come to my office with the management book for "Title _______" (you fill in the blank). Each binder or pocket folder should have the same sections: one for each budget line in the application (staff, supplies, consulting). I have a budget-planning template for you to use to keep track of budget lines; it helps to make sure you've thought of everything in the application. It's also helpful to see what a grant application package looks like from a state education agency (Massachusetts, in this case). Of course, you'll want the application instructions as well. Keep in mind these are just examples. Your state grant office will have the packages for you to use from your state.
The best website I've ever seen for describing the state (federal pass-through) grant application process is the one from Massachusetts.
Let me know your stories; I'd love to share them with everyone.
Current Grant Opportunities
NREA Rural Teacher of the Year Award from the National Rural Education Association & Monsanto Fund - the National Rural Education Association is very proud to present the Annual Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year Award to a deserving rural teacher. The generous support provided by Monsanto Fund lets the Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year receive a $2000 honorarium, and the Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year’s school district receives $1000 to purchase instructional materials and school supplies.
States: All States
Average Amount: $3,000.00
Address: 100 N University St. W Lafayette, IN 47907
Website: National Rural Education Association
Eligibility: Public School
Program Areas: General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environmental, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Technology
Foundation Grants from the D'Addario Music Foundation - The focus of the D'Addario Music Foundation's giving is in the areas of stringed as well as band and orchestral musical instruments primarily through the support of educational programs, events, and performance-based activities. By providing support early in the development of an organization and encouraging expansion in the donor network, the Foundation seeks to help organizations achieve long-term stability and self-sufficiency.
States: All States
Average Amount: $1,000.00 - $25,000.00
Total Amount: $100,000.00 - $500,000.00
Address: 595 Smith Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA
Website: The D’Addario Music Foundation
Eligibility: Private School, Other
Program Areas: Arts