Competitive Grant Dates

This page serves as a calendar resource for upcoming formal competitive grants. Please refer to the grant's Request for Application in the TEA Grant Opportunities page for specific eligibility requirements and instructions related to the grant. A complete description of competitive-grant processes can be found in the General and Fiscal Guidelines. Formal competitive grants will be announced through email bulletins and Texas Register Notices. Interested parties can subscribe for email bulletins by going to the Sign Up for Updates page on the TEA website and selecting Grants from the Finance and Grants category.

Name of Grant Application

Estimated Availability

General Eligibility

Purpose of Grant Program

2021-2022 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Perkins Reserve

February 2021

Focus Areas 1 and 2: Eligible applicants are cross-sector regional teams that must include at least one intermediary, three school districts, one public institution of higher education, and at least two employers in the region. Regions are defined by the Texas Workforce Commission Workforce Development Areas, and priority points will be awarded to regional teams that include a workforce development board. LEAs, IHEs, and ESCs may serve as fiscal agents for the grant.

The purpose of the Perkins Reserve Grant is to assist LEAs in (1) fostering innovation through the identification and promotion of promising and proven CTE programs, practices, and strategies that prepare individuals for non-traditional fields; and (2) promoting the development, implementation, and adoption of programs of study or career pathways aligned with state-identified high-skill, high-wage, in-demand occupations or industries. 

2021-2023 Expansion of Dual Credit for Faculty

February 2021

Eligible applicants include CCRSM campuses, LEAs, or Education Service Centers (ESCs). Eligible campuses include current Planning, Provisional, and Designated CCRSM campuses in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 academic years. Please refer to the CCRSM website on TEA for the list of eligible CCRSM network campuses.

To enable CCRSM schools to expand the number of high school teachers eligible to serve as dual credit instructors through expense reimbursement associated with obtaining a masters degree in their content area. 

2021-2023 Charter School Program Grant Subchapter D & E

March 2021

Eligible applicants include open-enrollment charter schools that meet the federal definition of a charter school, have never received funds under this grant program, and are one of the following:
(1) an open-enrollment charter school authorized by the commissioner of education under the Generation 25 charter application pursuant to the TEC, Chapter 12, Subchapter D; or
(2) an open-enrollment charter school that has been designated by the commissioner of education, for the 2021-2022 school year, as a high-quality campus and does not have a current Charter School Program (CSP) High-Quality Replication Grant.

The purpose of the Public Charter School Program Start-Up Grant is to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools and expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students. 

2021-2023 School Action Fund - Planning

March 2021

Eligible applicants are ISDs with 2019-2020 Comprehensive Schools and D- or F-rated Targeted Schools (2019 ratings). A campus may not receive funding concurrently from Texas Title I Priority School (TTIPS) Cycle 5 grant funds, a School Redesign grant, a School Transformation Fund grant, or a previous School Action Fund grant.

The School Action Fund provides competitive grant opportunities with the intent to support districts to implement comprehensive and bold school actions at campuses identified as comprehensive or targeted.  Through School Action Fund Implementation Grants, the TEA will award funding for the purpose of providing competitive grants to LEAs to implement bold school actions.  Grant awards will support districts in partnership with a vetted school transformation partner to implement the initiative.

2021-2023 School Action Fund Implementation

March 2021

LEAs with 2019-2020 Comprehensive Schools not currently receiving Texas Title I Priority School (TTIPS) Cycle 4 or 5 grant funds, a School Redesign grant, a School Transformation Fund grant, or a Transformation Zone grant.

This grant provides opportunities with the intent to empower and support districts to plan and implement comprehensive and bold school actions at the campus level. 

2021-2022 Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Grant

March 2021

Local educational agencies (LEAs) and education service centers (ESCs)

To identify and remove barriers for children and unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and ensure that students in these circumstances have equitable access to all available supports and resources.

2021-2023 Title I, 1003 ESF-Focused Support Grant (School Improvement)

March 2021

Eligible applicants include campuses currently identified as Title I priority schools and Title I focus schools, and who are not currently receiving Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) funds. The entitlement of Title I, 1003(a) priority and focus school funding will terminate as of the date of award of Title I, 1003(g) TTIPS funding.

The program purpose is to provide sustained support to and work cooperatively with Title I, Part A, Comprehensive Support and Improvement campuses to increase the opportunity for all students in such schools to meet the State’s content and student performance standards. 

2021-2022 edTPA Pilot

April 2021

Eligible applicants include approved educator preparation programs who prepare teacher candidates for initial certification to teach in Texas. Accredited or Accredited-Not Rated educator preparation program (ESCs, IHEs, and non-profit organizations). Prior recipients of this grant are ineligible.

This project will improve educator quality and effectiveness by offering an educator certification assessment that is performance-based, content-specific, and grade-band specific.  The increase in rigor and relevance of the assessment will improve the practices of curriculum and training that lead to educator quality and effectiveness.

2021-2022 Effective Advising Framework

April 2021

** Please see Program Guidelines for eligibility and application requirements. **

The Effective Advising Framework provides a clear vision for planning, implementing, and evaluating an effective advising program to support student academic and career development in grades K-12.  The specific purpose of this grant program is to support the identification and training of EAF Coaches located regionally at the Education Service Center, and for the EAF Coaches to convene and coach a minimum of two, but no more than four, school districts through the development of an effective advising program plan as defined in Lever 1 of the Effective Advising Framework.

2021-2022 Student Success Initiative (SSI)-Community Partnerships Initiative-Planning LOI

April 2021

Eligible LEAs are school districts in rural communities with populations of less than 1,000 students and in school districts in communities with no more than 15,000 students. The eligible school districts serve a student population with at least 85% who are classified as economically disadvantaged. All LEAs, regardless of size, must have at least one school in a feeder pattern of schools that is Improvement Required or previously Improvement Required.

The purpose of this program is to support significant improvements in educational and developmental outcomes for children and youth who live in distressed communities by providing access to great schools and creating strong partnerships to increase family and community support that will prepare students to receive an excellent education from early learning and progressing to college and a career. 

2020-2021 Texas Reading Initiative (CLSD) - Birth to Kinder

April 2021

** Please see Program Guidelines for eligibility and application requirements. **

The ultimate goal of this project is to get all students to read on grade level. If we build system capacity to support teachers, families, and communities, and to increase access to high-quality instructional materials, then teachers will improve their practice, families and communities will be empowered, and students will increase time spent engaging with high-quality instructional materials.

2020-2021 Texas Reading Initiative (CLSD)  - Kinder to G5

April 2021

** Please see Program Guidelines for eligibility and application requirements. **

The ultimate goal of this project is to get all students to read on grade level. If we build system capacity to support teachers, families, and communities, and to increase access to high-quality instructional materials, then teachers will improve their practice, families and communities will be empowered, and students will increase time spent engaging with high-quality instructional materials.

2020-2021 Texas Reading Initiative (CLSD)  - G6 to G12

April 2021

** Please see Program Guidelines for eligibility and application requirements. **

The ultimate goal of this project is to get all students to read on grade level. If we build system capacity to support teachers, families, and communities, and to increase access to high-quality instructional materials, then teachers will improve their practice, families and communities will be empowered, and students will increase time spent engaging with high-quality instructional materials.

2022-2023 Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Technical Assistance

May 2021

Local educational agencies (LEAs) and education service centers (ESCs)

The purpose of the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) grant is to provide additional capacity, promote school stability, facilitate enrollment, identification, attendance, academic, and overall outcomes for homeless children and unaccompanied youth.

2022-2024 Early College and High School (ECHS) Planning and Implementation 

TBD

Eligible applicants include LEAs that serve students in grades 9-12 or that will begin serving students in Grade 9 or students in Grades 9 and 10 in the first year of implementation and will progressively scale up by adding at least one grade level per year after the first year of implementation. Please see the Program Guidelines for additional information on eligibility.

The purpose of the ECHS Planning and Implementation Grant is to solicit grant applications from eligible applicants who, upon receipt of the grant, will engage in 29 months of ECHS model planning and implementation.

2021-2022 edTPA Reg Support

TBD

Approved educator preparation program (ESCs, IHEs, and non-profit organizations)

This project will offer support for educator preparation programs with preparing for an educator certification assessment that is performance-based, content-specific, and grade-band specific.

2022-2023 Texas Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM)

TBD

LEAs that serve students in grades 9-12 with an active relationship with the feeder middle school(s) or serve students in grades 6-12. If proposing a 6-12 model, the T-STEM Academy must serve a middle grade (6, 7, or 8) and grade 9 during the Implementation Year and will progressively scale up by adding at least one grade level per year in the high school. Please see the program guidelines for additional eligibility requirements.

This grant will develop new T-STEM Academies in the CCRSM Network. The T-STEM Academy will provide students with technical, academic, and STEM fluency skills needed for a smooth transition to postsecondary and the workforce.

2022-2024 Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Planning and Implementation 

TBD

Eligible applicants include LEAs that serve students in grades 9-12 or that will begin serving students in Grade 9 or students in Grades 9 and 10 in the first year of implementation and will progressively scale up by adding at least one grade level per year after the first year of implementation. Please see the Program Guidelines for additional information on eligibility. 

The purpose of this project is to provide competitively awarded planning grants to districts interested in opening campuses operating under the P-TECH model.