Competitive Grant Funding Available
ELIGIBLE APPLICANT ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Request for Application # 701-15-107
Texas Title I Priority Schools grant, Cycle 4
TEA is requesting applications under request for
application (RFA) # 701-15-107, 2015-2020 Texas Title I Priority Schools grant, Cycle 4.
Eligible applicants include those campuses that qualify as Title I
priority schools and Title I focus schools, and are not currently receiving
Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) funds.
Campuses are identified as priority and focus in the state of Texas
flexibility waiver from specific provisions from the U.S. Department of
Education Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A list of campuses identified
as priority or focus schools is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page, with all documents
pertaining to this RFA.
A local education agency (LEA) with multiple eligible campuses must
submit an application for each eligible campus it wishes to be considered under
this grant opportunity.
The purpose of this program is to provide funding to LEAs for use in
eligible schools, in order to substantially raise the achievement of their
students and enable the schools to meet annual goals and program-term
measurable objectives. Funding is intended for LEAs that demonstrate the
greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to provide adequate
resources that will enable schools to meet the criteria to exit priority or
program is aligned to several of the Commissioner's priorities.
interventions under this grant program are designed to: improve the academic programs in schools,
increase teacher and leader effectiveness, increase use of data to drive
instruction, increase learning time for students and educators, increase the
level and quality of family / community engagement, and improve school climate. High-quality and effective implementation of
these interventions can impact these Commissioner priorities:
readiness and ability to earn postsecondary credits in their high school years;
- LEA and school
expertise in administering the best campus and district accountability system,
with great emphasis on ending the academic performance gap;
administration of a holistic teacher evaluation system that includes support
and continued feedback for educators;
opportunity and capacity to support reading/writing mentors through an intense
focus on curriculum and instruction, coupled with increased family and
experience in flexibilities around using federal funds to advance state, agency
and commissioner goals.
total amount of funding for this project is approximately $45,000,000. Each awarded project could receive up to a
maximum of $10,000,000 for operation through the school years of 2015-2016,
2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020.
A maximum funding per year for any applicant is $2,000,000.
that funding available and final terms for this project are contingent upon
approval from U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for the Texas school
improvement grant program state plan.
Funding and approval are recognized as final on the date a Grant Award
Notification is issued from USDE to TEA.
period will operate in a pre-implementation period from January 1, 2016 through
August 31, 2016; in full-implementation during the school years of 2016-2017,
2017-2018, 2018-2019; and in a sustainability period through the school year of
2019-2020. Funding is available to
grantees through all periods.
costs are permitted from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
the timeline for this project is contingent upon the final approval from USDE
for the Texas school improvement grant program state plan, as indicated by the
issuance of a Grant Award Notification from USDE to TEA.
will be selected based on the independent reviewers' assessment of each
applicant's ability to carry out all requirements contained in the RFA.
Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the overall quality and validity
of the proposed grant programs and the extent to which the applications address
the primary objectives and intent of the project. Applications must address
each requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding.
will be scored using the standard review criteria, as described in TEA Grants
Administration General and Fiscal
Guidelines. In addition to the standard review criteria,
applications will be scored on the following grant-specific criteria:
- Level of ability to benefit from grant resources, as demonstrated
through district commitments and vision for school reform, and existing
structures that will allow reform to take hold.
- Family and community member involvement in project planning,
intervention selection, and ongoing program engagement.
- Methods for selecting highest quality staff and external providers for
the project; and methods for providing rigorous oversight of external
- Level of capacity gains that will create lasting positive change to
campus practices and can be sustained beyond the grant period.
- Quality of intervention design and strength at which interventions
fulfill all requirements of the federal School Improvement Grant model
consideration (or priority) will be given to certain applicants. TEA will give priority to campuses that have been rated Improvement Required in both the 2014 Accountability Ratings and the 2015 Accountability Ratings,
as posted in the Texas Accountability Ratings
System for Texas Public Schools and Districts:
https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/account/; and to campuses that select the
state-designed or early-learning model.
Twenty priority points will be given to each LEA/campus applying to
serve schools that meet these criteria.
reserves the right to select from the highest-ranking applications those that
address all requirements in the RFA and that are most advantageous to the project.
is not obligated to approve an application, provide funds, or endorse any
application submitted in response to this RFA. This RFA does not commit TEA to
pay any costs before an application is approved. The issuance of this RFA does
not obligate TEA to award a grant or pay any costs incurred in preparing a
How to Apply
RFA is in paper format. It must be downloaded, completed on the applicant's
computer desktop, printed, and submitted by mail or hand delivery. The complete
RFA is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx for viewing and
downloading. In the "Select Search Options" box, select the name of the RFA
from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the "Application and Support
Information" section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.
Resources will be publicly available with this RFA on the TEA Grant
Opportunities page, no later than August 7, 2015. Prospective applicants will be able to
download resource documents from to their desktop to view locally and in full.
relevant to the RFA may be sent to Leticia Govea at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the July 22, 2015. These
questions along with other information will be addressed in the applicant
resource documents. These documents will be open to all potential applicants
and will provide prospective applicants an opportunity to receive general and
clarifying information about the program and RFA.
Section 22.0834 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), any person offered
employment by any entity that contracts with TEA or receives grant funds
administered by TEA (i.e., a grantee or subgrantee) is subject to the
fingerprinting requirement. TEA is prohibited from awarding grant funds to any
entity, including nonprofit organizations, that fails to comply with this
requirement. For details, refer to the General and Fiscal
that are awarded grants are responsible for meeting all required deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines may result in
loss of funds and could cause the applicant to be identified as "high risk."
reporting requirements for this grant are posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page. In the "Select
Search Options" box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll
down to "Critical Events" to view all reporting deadlines that pertain to this
order to assure that no prospective applicant may obtain a competitive
advantage because of acquisition of information unknown to other prospective
applicants, any and all questions pertaining to the RFA must be submitted in
writing to the TEA contact person listed on the TEA Grant Opportunities page. In the "Select
Search Options" box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down
list. Scroll down to "Contact Information."
of the questions and the written answers thereto will be posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page in the format of
frequently asked questions (FAQs). In the "Select Search Options" box, select
the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to
"Application and Support Information" to view all documents that pertain to
Receipt of Applications
Six copies of the application,
with an original signature on Schedule #1—General Information on three of the
copies (blue ink preferred), must be received 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Thursday,
August 20, 2015, to be eligible to be considered for funding. Send the
application to the following address:
of Grants Administration
Education Agency, William B. Travis Building
North Congress Avenue
Austin TX 78701-1494
and School Improvement