Federal Department of Education Announces New Grant Applications

The United States Department of Education invited applications for two competitive grants offered the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and one grant offered by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services:

  • School Climate Transformation Grant Program – School districts may seek funding for implementing a multi-tiered system of support for improving school climate. The Department will prioritize support for certain communities that will benefit from implementation of this system, including rural communities, Tribal communities, and LEAs that are in Qualified Opportunity Zones. This discretionary grant program has a total of $40,000,000 in estimated available funds, contingent upon the availability of funds and quality of applications. Applications are due by July 22, 2019 and further information is available here.
  • State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP), Tribal Education Agency Development Discretionary Grant Program (STEP Development)”– The STEP program seeks to: “(1) Promote Tribal self-determination in education; (2) Improve the academic achievement of Indian children and youth; and (3) Promote the coordination and collaboration of Tribal educational agencies (TEAs) with State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to meet the unique education and culturally related academic needs of Indian students.” Applications are due by August 12, 2019 and further information is available here.
  • Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities, Doctoral Training Consortia Associated with High-Intensity Needs”– The program seeks to: “(1) help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.” The estimated available funds for this program total $3,900,000. Applications are due July 29, 2019 and further information is available here.


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