Competitive Grant Funding
March 21, 2014
TO THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Request for Application # 701-14-109
Texas Title I Priority Schools, Cycle 3
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is
requesting applications under request for application (RFA) # 701-14-109, 2014-2017
Texas Title I Priority Schools, Cycle 3.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA)
is requesting applications under Request for Applications (RFA) #701-14-109
from local educational agencies (LEAs) on behalf of
eligible campuses that qualify as Title I priority schools and are not
currently receiving Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) funds. An LEA with
multiple eligible campuses must submit an application for each eligible campus.
An eligibility list will be published with this RFA.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of the TTIPS grant
program is to provide funding to LEAs for use in Title I schools identified as
priority schools that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the
strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources to
substantially raise the achievement of their students so as to enable the
schools to meet the annual measurable objectives and exit priority status.
The number of projects funded will
depend on the number of eligible applicants that apply. Each project will
receive a maximum of $6 million for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017
project period. The total amount of funding available for this project is
approximately $50 million. This project
is funded 100 percent with federal funds.
TTIPS, Cycle 3, grant program will be implemented during the 2014-2015,
2015-2016, and 2016-2017 school years. Applicants should plan for a starting
date of no earlier than August 1, 2014, and an ending date of no later than
July 31, 2017. Pre-implementation costs, which are requested as part of the
Year 1 budget, may be allowable back to the date the grant awards are announced
on the TEA website.
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. Special consideration (or priority) will be given to
applicants as outlined in the Program Guidelines of
the RFA. 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
Paper: 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 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.
An applicants’ conference will be held by prerecorded webinar
to be posted no later than April 4, 2014. The entire applicants’ conference
will be digitally recorded. Prospective applicants may download the
presentation to their computer desktop.
Questions relevant to the RFA may be sent to Shayna Ortiz
Sheehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 512-936-6474 no later
than the date listed in the grant timeline. These questions along with other
information will be addressed in the presentation. The conference will be open
to all potential applicants and will provide prospective applicants an
opportunity to receive general and clarifying information about the program and
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
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
Paper: 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, May 20, 2014, to be eligible to be considered for funding. Send the
application to the following address:
Document Control Center
Texas Education Agency,
William B. Travis BuildinG
Austin, TX 78701-1494
Accreditation and School Improvement