Competitive Grant Funding Available
March 7, 2014
TO THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Request for Application # 701-14-107
2014-2016 Technology Lending Program Grant
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications
under request for application (RFA) # 701-14-107, 2014-2016 Technology Lending
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications
under Request for Applications (RFA) #701-14-107 from Texas public school
districts and open-enrollment charter schools that have (1.) at least 40%
economically disadvantaged students at the participating campus(es) as
determined using the 2012 Snapshot enrollment data from the Public Education
Information Management System (PEIMS) http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/snapshot/2012/index.html;
(2.) an approved district Technology Plan on file with the TEA for the
2013-2014 school year; and (3.) a Texas Campus School Technology and Readiness
(STaR) Chart at the Developing Tech Level of Progress or higher for Teaching
and Learning and for Educator Preparation and Development for the 2012-2013
school year for participating campus(es).
Purpose of Program
Texas Education Code Section 32.201 authorizes the TEA to
implement the Technology Lending Program Grant. The program awards grants to
Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charters to implement a
technology lending program to loan students the equipment necessary to access
and use electronic instructional materials. In awarding grants, the TEA will
consider the availability of existing equipment to students in the Texas public
school district or open-enrollment charter school and other funding available
to the school district or open-enrollment charter school. With the Technology Lending
Program Grant, districts can move forward with the implementation of electronic
instructional materials while ensuring access for students through loaned
equipment for learning at school and at home.
Currently, $10,000,000 is appropriated for the Technology
Lending Program Grant. It is anticipated that approximately 130 grants will be
awarded ranging in amounts from $50,000 to $100,000.
The 2014-2016 Technology Lending Program Grant will be
implemented beginning in the 2014-2015 school year and ending in the 2015-2016
school year. Applicants should plan for a starting date of no earlier than
October 1, 2014, and an ending date of no later than August 31, 2016.
Applications 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. TEA 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.
TEA 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 response.
How to Apply
This 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
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.
Questions relevant to the RFA may be sent to Kathy Ferguson
at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (512) 463-9090 before 5:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Per 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 Guidelines, Fingerprinting Requirement.
Applicants 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.”
The reporting requirements for this grant are posted on the TEA
Grant Opportunities website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx.
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 grant.
For Further Information
In 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 website. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the
name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Contact
Copies of the questions and the written answers thereto will
be posted on the TEA
Grant Opportunities website in the format of frequently asked questions
(FAQs) at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms. 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 this RFA.
Deadline for Receipt of Applications
Four 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, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to be eligible
to be considered for funding. Send the application to the following address:
Document Control Center
Division of Grants Administration
Texas Education Agency, William B. Travis Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1494
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