Guidelines, Provisions, and Assurances

For all grants administered by TEA, the agency publishes general, fiscal, and program-specific guidelines. Grant recipients must assure that funds will be spent in accordance with all grant procedures and federal and state regulations. 

General and Fiscal Guidelines

The General and Fiscal Guidelines describe grant application procedures as well as general processes for distribution and management of grant funds based on the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). These guidelines apply to all grants that TEA administers and are part of every Request for Application (RFA) that TEA publishes.

As these guidelines are updated, TEA maintains prior versions that are applicable to already published grants. The following table provides each version according to the date range for awarded grants.

Date Range for Awarded Grants General and Fiscal Guidelines
On or after July 1, 2021 Guidelines
Change History for the Update
May 01, 2020, to June 30, 2021 Guidelines
July 01, 2018, to April 30, 2020 Guidelines
March 30, 2018, to June 30, 2018 Guidelines
July 01, 2017, to March 29, 2018 Guidelines
December 26, 2014, to June 30, 2017 Guidelines
Before December 26, 2014 Guidelines

Program Guidelines

A grant’s Program Guidelines supplement the more comprehensive General and Fiscal Guidelines by providing specific information about that grant’s purpose, eligibility or review criteria, program description, statutory and TEA requirements, critical dates, and information about allowable or unallowable costs. Program Guidelines for each grant can found on the TEA Grant Opportunities page.

Provisions and Assurances

All TEA grants include provisions and assurances that a grant recipient agrees to comply with when accepting a grant award. These provisions and assurances are linked to each PDF and eGrant application listed on the TEA Grant Opportunities page. Grant requirements may include but are not limited to the following:

  • General Provisions and Assurances: Required for every TEA grant agreement
  • Program-Specific Provisions and Assurances: Specified within a grant’s Program Guidelines on the TEA Grant Opportunities page
  • Debarment and Suspension: Required for all federal grants, regardless of dollar amount
  • Lobbying Certification: Required for all federal grants greater than $100,000
  • No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Required for all programs funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by Public Law 107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Every Student Succeeds Act: Required for all programs funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by Public Law 114-95, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Contact Information

Grants Administration Division
Division Contacts
Phone: (512) 463-8525

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