Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education

Grants Administered by the New York State Education Department

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RFP #GC14-010: FY 2014-15 Child Abduction Prevention Education Program
Full RFP with Attachments FY 2014-15 Child Abduction Prevention Education Program
Project Purpose

To assist public school districts to develop or adopt a curriculum and training program designed for K-8 students, parents, teachers and support staff to aid in the prevention of child abduction.

Eligibile Applicants

New York State public school districts, BOCES, and consortia, thereof.

Ineligibile Applicants For this RFP, charter schools and non-public schools are not eligible to apply.
Application Due Date

Fully completed applications including one original and two hardcopies must be postmarked by November 26, 2014

UPDATE November 19, 2014:
Application Deadline Extended to November 26, 2014 – The deadline has been extended due to inclement weather in some regions of the state.

Detailed instructions are available on the Child Abduction Prevention Education Program page.


Questions and Answers PDF icon (143 KB)

All questions must be submitted to CAPE@mail.nysed.gov by October 30, 2014.

Date Posted

October 16, 2014

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RFP #GC14-013: FY 2014 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities (SFAs) Announcement of Funding Opportunity
Full RFP with Attachments FY 2014 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities (SFAs) Announcement of Funding Opportunity
Project Purpose

The School Food Service Equipment Grant is intended to improve the infrastructure of the NSLP. This will be achieved by providing the opportunity for schools to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, improve the overall quality of meals, improve efficiency of production and service and expand participation.

Eligibile Applicants

All schools under a School Food Authority (SFA) in the NSLP are eligible - public school districts, non-profit nonpublic schools, charter schools and residential child care institutions in the NSLP in New York State except schools that received the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Food Service Equipment Grant in 2009-2010 or the FY 2010 Equipment Assistance Grant in 2010-2011. Priority will be given to schools with 50 percent or more students eligible for free/reduced price lunch. The SFA will apply on behalf of their eligible schools. The SFA will submit a separate application for each piece of requested equipment for an eligible school.

Ineligibile Applicants Any school under a School Food Authority (SFA) that received the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Food Service Equipment Grant in 2009-2010 as well as any school under a SFA that received the FY2010 Equipment Assistance Grant in 2010-2011. Please see the separately attached list of schools that were funded under the ARRA and FY2010 Food Service Equipment Grants and are, therefore, ineligible: List of Ineligible Applicants Excel File (48 KB)
Application Due Date

UPDATE 11/24/14:
Application Deadline Extended to December 15, 2014

Fully completed applications including one original and two hardcopies must be postmarked by December 15, 2014

Detailed instructions are available on the NSLP Equipment Grant Application page.


Questions and Answers PDF icon (387 KB)

For additional information or assistance please contact: foodequip@mail.nysed.gov

Date Posted

October 7, 2014

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2014-15 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a) - Basic School Improvement Grant Application
Full RFP with Attachments 2014-15 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a) - Basic School Improvement Grant Application
Project Purpose

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance.

These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities identified through the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) reviews or a school review with district oversight and included in the DCIP/SCEP.

Eligibile Applicants

Only Title I Focus Districts are eligible to apply for this grant.  Districts that are in Focus Status as of July 1, 2014 are eligible for funding based on the number of Focus and Priority Schools identified in the district as of that date.  The list of Focus Districts is posted online at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/2012-13FocusDistricts.xls.  Focus Districts may amend their application to add newly identified schools after the Department posts the 2014-15 Accountability Designations.  Non-Title I Focus Districts and Focus or Priority Charter Schools are not eligible for this grant.     

Application Due Date

Applications must be postmarked by August 15, 2014.

UPDATE November 21, 2014: Application Documents Revised

The updated application document is available on the SIG Grant Application page.

Questions For additional information or assistance please contact:
Date Posted

July 11, 2014

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2014-2015 Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program
Full RFP with Attachments 2014-2015 Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program
Legislative Authority and Purpose of Grant Funds Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2014 appropriates $340 million for prekindergarten grants to incentivize and fund universal full-day prekindergarten programs, in accordance with Section 3602-ee of the Education Law. Proposals must demonstrate innovation and high quality as well as address student and community need.

Project Period and Payment of Awards

July 1, 2014, – June 30, 2015
The New York State Education Department (“Department”) will make payment of awarded funds upon documentation of eligible expenditures following the close of the grant period, provided that up to 25% of a school district’s and/or eligible entity’s awarded funds will be made available in the final quarter of the school year in which the services are provided as an advance on subsequent school year liabilities. This results in state funds first being made available as soon as April 2015. The remaining funds of a school district’s and/or eligible entity’s awarded funds will be made available after June 30, 2015, following the review and approval of annual program and fiscal reports required by the Department. Grant funds and associated expenditures of these grant funds for the Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program must be separately accounted and not commingled with other funds, and in the case of a school district funds must be maintained in, and expenditures made from, a special revenue (special aid) fund. Grantees will have the opportunity to renew funding on an annual basis provided the programs meet quality standards and all applicable requirements, and subject to the annual appropriation of funds in the State budget for this purpose. Payments for programs operated in the 2015-2016 school year will be made through a similar payment schedule, subject to the requirements of statutory language. The project period for subsequent awards will be one year from July 1st through June 30th. 

Eligible Applicants

  • Consolidated Applications: Individual School Districts may submit a consolidated application, which includes programs offered by schools, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations,1 charter schools, libraries and/or museums that demonstrate a geographic diversity within the area to be served as well as diversity of providers; and
  • Individual Applications: Non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, charter schools, libraries and museums may apply individually if the provider has been denied inclusion in the school district’s consolidated application. In order to be eligible to apply individually, the provider must provide written verification from the school district of having been denied inclusion in a school district’s consolidated application.
  • Pursuant to New York State's Grants Reform requirements, not-for-profit organizations interested in doing business with the state must prequalify in order to apply for a competitive grant. Please see the section of the RFP called “Prequalification for Individual Applications.” Pursuant to Article 15-A of the NYS Executive Law, all applicants are required to comply with the Department’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) participation goals.  Please see the section of the RFP called “Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Participation Goals Pursuant to Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law.”

    1 Eligible community-based organizations include existing providers of child care and early education, licensed or registered day care providers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, preschool special education (4410) providers, BOCES, non-public schools, libraries and museums.
    Questions and Answers

    Questions about this RFP must be sent to nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov  on or before June 5, 2014. A written Questions and Answers Summary will be posted by June 13, 2014 to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html.

    Mandatory Notice of Intent for School Districts’ Consolidated Application

    To assist the Department in planning for the grant review process and expediting the announcement of awards, school districts that intend to submit a proposal must submit a Notice of Intent via E-Mail to nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov  no later than June 19, 2014 (revised from June 16). The Department will post on its website by June 20, 2014 (revised from June 17), a complete list of districts that submitted the mandatory Notice of Intent to apply for these funds. This posting will serve as a notification of denial for an eligible entity located in a school district that chooses not to apply for these funds, allowing said eligible entity to apply directly to the Department (see page 5 for more information).

    Application Due Date

    One (1) original and three (3) paper copies of a complete application must be received by the Department by 12:00 PM by July 11, 2014.

    Deliver application packages to:

    New York State Education Department 
    Attn: Contract Administration Unit
    Richard Duprey, GC RFP  #14-011
    89 Washington Avenue, Room 501 EBA
    Albany, NY 12234 

    Applications should also be submitted to the Department via e-mail to nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov. The file format can be in PDF or Word/Excel.  The subject line of the email should read as follows: GC RFP #14-011 and the legal name of provider organization.

    Date Posted

    May 31, 2014

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    2014-2015 NYS Universal Prekindergarten Program
    Full RFP with Attachments 2014-2015 NYS Universal Prekindergarten Program

    Project Purpose

    The primary purpose of this program is to provide four-year-old students with an opportunity to access high-quality prekindergarten programs that will provide the foundation to help prepare them for future school success.

    Eligibile Applicants

    District allocations are determined by a state aid formula prescribed in legislation, using data supplied to SED by each district.  Eligible districts and their allocations are listed on the Statewide Prekindergarten Programs website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/upk/

    Two or more eligible districts may submit a joint application. Special instructions apply to joint applications.  

    Application Due Date

    One original application and one original and two copies of the FS-20 budget must be postmarked by Friday, July 11, 2014 and submitted to:

    New York State Education Department
    Office of Grants Management
    89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA
    Albany, NY 12234

    Attn: Universal Prekindergarten Application

    Questions Questions regarding the UPK application may be directed to the Early Learning Team by email at oel@mail.nysed.gov.

    Date Posted

    April 30, 2014

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    2014-17 Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (CR-ITI-BE)

    Full RFP with Attachments:

    Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (CR-ITI-BE)

    Purpose of Grant Program

    The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies (OBE-FLS), is seeking applications from Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to operate a Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (CR-ITI-BE) program, addressing the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers throughout New York State (NYS).

    Available Funding

    Nine (9) Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) around the state will be selected for this ITI-CR-BE program: five (5) in NYC and four (4) in Rest of State (ROS).  The distribution of funding was determined by the number of ELL students in each region. 

    Program Requirements

    Participating IHEs will provide clinically-rich bilingual and/or ESL programs. Research identifies the following components of a clinically rich teacher preparation program. SED has modeled its application on these components:

    1. Rigorous recruitment of candidates and intensive candidate selection criteria.
    2. Collaboration for rigorous selection and training of the mentor-teacher.
    3. Integration of pedagogy with on the job training.
    4. Guided classroom practice through an internship with an effective educator.
    5. Mentoring by a trained mentor-teacher.
    6. Enrollment of candidates (cohort) in rigorous graduate level course work leading to a Bilingual extension and/or and English as a Second Language (ESL) certification that includes learning theory, research and content (Dual certification programs are especially encouraged).
    7. Support of partnerships through on-going professional development for mentor-teachers.
    8. Integration of technology.
    9. Continued support for the first years upon successful completion of the program.1
    1National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010), Transforming Teacher Education Through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy To Prepare effective Teachers. Washington DC: www.ncate.org/publications

    Project Period

    The grant period will be July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance of the grantee in the previous year. The first year grant period will be July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

    New Prequalification Requirement

    The State of New York has implemented a new statewide prequalification process (described in http://www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees) designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors.  All not-for-profit vendors are required to pre-qualify prior to grant application.  This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that have already received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle. The pre-qualification must be completed by all not-for-profit institutions in order to receive an award under this RFP.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Each application must be submitted by an eligible Institution of Higher Education (IHE), as lead applicant, in partnership with at least one eligible Local Education Agency (LEA), as defined below.

    Eligible IHE -Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with NYS certified program in Bilingual Education leading to a bilingual extension, and English and as Second Language (ESL) program leading to a certification in TESOL. 

    Eligible LEA - a public school district within New York State that has at least 500 English Language Learners enrolled in the 2011-12 school year (See Attachment A).

    An eligible partnership is a partnership between an IHE and an eligible local education agency (LEA), and defined through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (Attachment D).  An IHE must have a separate MOU with each partner. An eligible partnership may in addition to the LEA partner include other not-for-profit organizations or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services with historical evidence of success in education that provide services supporting ESL or Bilingual teacher certification and/or mentor-teacher development. The MOUs must be submitted with the application.  If an agreement is not submitted, the application will be disqualified.  If a MOU is not signed by all parties to the agreement, it will not be evaluated for scoring purposes and the application will be disqualified.

    1. The applicant must receive and administer the grant funds and submit the required reports to account for the use of grant funds;
    2. The applicant must be an active member of the partnership, except where SUNY or CUNY Research Foundations are the applicant/fiscal agent. In such case, the SUNY or CUNY campus will be considered the active lead IHE.
    3. The applicant/fiscal agent cannot act as a flow-through for grant funds to pass to other partners and third parties.
    4. The applicant is PROHIBITED from sub-granting funds to other recipients.  A sub-grant occurs when the applicant delegates programmatic decision making or responsibility for achieving program goals to a third party. The applicant is fully responsible for compliance with program requirements and achievement of program objectives.
    5. The applicant is permitted to sub-contract for services with other partners or consultants to provide services that the applicant cannot provide itself but are part of the program objective.
    6. The applicant shall take full responsibility for the acts and omissions of its partners and subcontractors.  Nothing in the partnership agreement or subcontract shall impair the rights of NYSED under its agreement with the applicant.  No contractual relationship shall be deemed to exist between the partner/subcontractor and NYSED.
    7. The applicant is responsible for the performance of any service provided by the partners, consultants, or other organizations and must coordinate how each plan to participate.
    Questions and Answers Questions regarding this Grant Application must be submitted by E-mail to CRITIBERFP@mail.nysed.gov  no later than March 14, 2014.  A Questions and Answers Summary is now posted PDF icon (130KB)
    Due Date

    Submit one (1) original application and two (2) copies with original signatures.  Applications must be postmarked by April 4, 2014 and sent to the following location:

    NYS Education Department
    Attn: Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute Grant
    Grants Management, Room 481 EBA
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, N.Y. 12234

    Date Posted

    February 25, 2014

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    2014-16 Title II, Part B Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant

    Full RFP with Attachments:


    2014-16 Title II, Part B Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant

    Purpose of Funding

    The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program is a competitive grant program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by supporting and enhancing the content knowledge and instructional practices for teachers of mathematics and science. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of an innovative comprehensive systems approach to improve efforts for teaching and learning in mathematics and science.
    Eligible Applicants

    Eligible Applicant - A Partnership that includes:

    • A high-need local education agency: The high-need Local Education Agency (LEA) must be the applicant and fiscal agent of the partnership.

      For purposes of this grant, a high-need LEA is defined as a public school district (“Eligible District”) or public charter school (“Eligible Charter School”) that has at least 50% of students from low-income families as determined using the criteria specified in Code 0198 (Poverty - from low-income family) in the New York State Student Information Repository System (SIRS), also known as the Level 2 Statewide data warehouse, for the 2012-2013 school year. A list of eligible applicants that meet this criterion can be found in Attachment III – Eligibility List. The eligibility list is based on the data submitted and certified by public school districts and public charter schools in the SIRS BEDS Day Enrollment Verification Report by Location of Enrollment & Student Subgroup.

    • Consortiums, defined as follows:
      • Eligible District-led consortiums comprising Eligible Districts as consortium members; or
      • Eligible Charter School-led consortiums comprising Eligible Charter Schools as consortiums members (note: a charter management organization cannot be a lead applicant or a consortium member)

    AND (all applications must include)

    • an engineering, mathematics, or science department of an institution of higher education that has a registered curriculum in engineering, science or mathematics (Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965).

    Additional requirements:

    • Eligible applicants can apply individually or as part of a consortium, but not both.
    • The consortium lead LEA must be an active participant in the consortium, providing a minimum of 20% of the grant activities.
    • No eligible applicants may individually apply for, lead or be a member of an applicant consortium, for more than one MSP Math grant application and one MSP Science grant application.
    • Please see NYSED’s Consortium Policy for State and Federal Discretionary Grant Programs  (within the Program Description section of this RFP)
    Funding and Important Dates

    Source: USDE Title II Part B
    Estimated Funds Available: $24 million
    Anticipated Project period: 7/1/14 through 6/30/16.
    It is expected that $12 million will be available in both Year 1 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) and Year 2 (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016) subject to continued funding by the US Department of Education.

    Distribution of Funding

    Funds available will be divided into two Targeted Priority Areas:

        1.  Mathematics
        2.  Science

    Funds available will be divided into two District Categories: 

    1. Big 5 (NYCDOE, Buffalo CSD, Syracuse CSD, Rochester CSD, and Yonkers CSD)
    2. Rest of State

    Note:  Charter School applications will be included in the District Category of their school location. Consortia cannot form across the two District Categories or Targeted Priority Areas.

    Questions & Answers

    Questions and Answers Summary PDF icon (371 KB) – Posted 2/14/14

    Questions about this RFP must be sent to emscmsp@mail.nysed.gov no later than February 7, 2014.  All questions and answers will be posted here by February 14, 2014.

    Due Date and Submission

    Applications must be Postmarked  by:
    March 7, 2014

    Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification:
    May 2014

    Anticipated Project Period:
    July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016

    Submit one (1) original and three (3) copies of the application postmarked by March 7, 2014 to:

    New York State Education Department
    Attn:  2014-16 Math & Science Partnerships Grant
    Grants Management , EBA 464
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12234

    NYSED Contacts Program Matters: Ann Crotty, emscMSP@mail.nysed.gov
    Fiscal Matters: Nell Brady, emscMSP@mail.nysed.gov
    M/WBE Matters: Joan Ramsey, emscMSP@mail.nysed.gov

    Date Posted

    January 27, 2014

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    Last Updated: November 24, 2014