Listing of grant opportunities for school districts under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Information is not yet available for some of the programs, but we will provide updates as additional information is released.

Teacher Incentive Fund

$200 million – funds will be made available in fall 2009 based on quality of applications submitted.

The goals of the Teacher Incentive Fund program include:

  • Improving student achievement by increasing teacher and principal effectiveness;
  • Reforming teacher and principal compensation systems so that teachers and principals are rewarded for increases in student achievement;
  • Increasing the number of effective teachers teaching poor, minority, and disadvantaged students in hard-to-staff subjects; and
  • Creating sustainable performance-based compensation systems.

Eligibility: Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs in their state, SEAs, or partnerships of (1) an LEA, an SEA, or both, and (2) at least one nonprofit organization may apply. Agencies with differentiated compensation systems already in place may apply for a TIF program grant to expand their programs so that they reach additional high-need school sites or to include teachers or administrators in high-need schools who are not participating in the current system. For purposes of the TIF program, a high-need school means a school with more than 30 percent of its enrollment from low-income families, based on eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch subsidies, or other poverty measures that the State permits the LEAs to use. For middle and high schools, eligibility may be calculated on the basis of comparable data from feeder schools.

More information is available at Grants.gov

Office of Elementary & Secondary Education; Overview Information: Teacher Incentive Fund Program- Recovery Act (ARRA) CFDA 84.385

Impact Aid Construction

60% ($60 million) will be distributed through competitive grants.

Grants awarded under the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program provide funds for emergency repairs and modernization of school facilities to certain eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive Impact Aid funds. Approved construction activities, include the preparation of drawings and specifications for school facilities; erecting, building, acquiring, altering, remodeling, repairing, or extending school facilities.

Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies that were eligible to receive funds under section 8002 (Payments for Federal Property) or 8003 (Basic Support Payments) of the Impact Aid program for fiscal year (FY) 2008. In addition, these school districts must have a total taxable assessed value of less than $100 million or have an average assessed value per pupil that is less than the State average.

More information is available at grants.gov

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Overview Information: Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program – Recovery Act (ARRA) CFDA 84.401

Local Youth Mentoring Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications under the Recovery Act for the Youth Mentoring Program. Under this solicitation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will be making awards to support local organizations that develop, implement, or expand local mentoring programs leading to measurable, positive outcomes for at-risk youth.

OJJDP invites applications from public agencies (including state agencies, units of local government, public universities and colleges, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments) and private organizations (including faith-based and community organizations). Joint applications from two or more eligible applicants are welcome; however, one applicant must be clearly indicated as the primary applicant (for correspondence, award, and management purposes) and the other(s) indicated as co-applicant(s). OJJDP will accept only applications that demonstrate that the applicant has entered into a partnership with one or more public or private entities to form a “community partnership.” Eligible community partnerships must include at a minimum: one or more private organizations: such as nonprofits, for-profits, community and faith-based organizations. These partnerships will help to leverage public resources, in partnership with private resources, to make funds available to help stabilize State and local budgets. Applications that do not demonstrate that they have met the minimum eligibility to be considered a “community partnership” will be deemed ineligible for funding.

More information is available at grants.gov

OJJDP FY 09 Recovery Act Local Youth Mentoring Initiative

Future Grant Opportunities for LEAs

Invest in What Works and Innovation Fund – will be available through a competition to districts and non-profit groups with a strong track record of results.

Guidelines and applications not yet posted.

In the coming months, the Department will announce opportunities to compete for discretionary funds under non-ARRA programs. Priorities for these competitions will be aligned with the reform goals of the Race to the Top fund, and will recognize states and LEAs that optimize the use of the varied funding streams provided under ARRA.

Funds Distributed to States

These funds will be available in two stages. Funds will be distributed by formula to the states.

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund – delivered to state governors.

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title I).

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.

Funds available in fall 2009.

“Race to the Top” fund – the U.S. Dept. of Education will conduct a national competition among states. Grants will be made in two rounds, fall 2009 and spring 2010.

Title I School Improvement Grants ($3 billion – funds will be made available in fall 2009; conditioned upon receipt of further information that will be outlined in future guidance).

Educational Technology State Grants ($650 million - funds will be made available in fall 2009; conditioned upon receipt of further information that will be outlined in future guidance).

Statewide Data Systems ($250 million - funds will be made available in fall 2009 based on quality of applications submitted).

Other

Education for Homeless Youth ($70 million).

Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants ($540 million). 50% available by the end of March.

Impact Aid Construction ($100 million: 40% distributed by formula by the end of March).

Independent Living Services ($140 million; $52.5 million distributed by formula by the end of March; remainder will be distributed by competitive grants at a later date).

National School Lunch Act grants.

For organizations interested in applying for federal recovery act funds from the State of Ohio, visit Recovery.ohio.gov for additional information.