2014-2017 Texas Title I Priority Schools, Cycle 3

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Competitive Grant Funding Available
 

March 21, 2014

 

TO THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT ADDRESSED:

 

SUBJECT:              Request for Application # 701-14-109
                                  
2014-2017 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.

Eligible Applicants

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.

Project Funding

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.

Project Period

The 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.

Selection Criteria

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.

Applicants’ Conference

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 shayna.sheehan@tea.state.tx.us 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 RFA.

Fingerprinting Requirement

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.

Reporting Requirements

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 Information.”

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

Division of Grants Administration 
 Texas Education Agency, William B. Travis BuildinG
 1701 North Congress Avenue 
 Austin, TX 78701-1494


Sincerely,

 

Sally Partridge
Associate Commissioner
Accreditation and School Improvement