The Department is currently seeking applications for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program, the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program, and the Turnaround School Leaders Program. The school counseling program provides funding to districts to establish or expand school counseling programs, with special consideration given to applicants that can: demonstrate the greatest need for counseling services in the schools to be served; propose most innovative and promising approaches; and show the greatest potential for replication and dissemination. Applications are due April 28. The test fee program awards grants to states to enable them to pay all or a portion of AP test fees on behalf of low-income students. Applications are due May 8. The school leadership program supports projects to develop and implement or enhance and implement a critical leadership pipeline that selects, prepares, places, supports, and retains school leaders for School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools or SIG-eligible schools. Applications are due May 23.
Moreover, for the current fiscal year, the Department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) is conducting13 grant competitions across five program areas: Arts in Education, Charter Schools, Investing in Innovation (i3), Full-Service Community Schools, and Teacher Quality Partnerships. Four of the competitions are already underway. Announcements of the other competitions are slated for later this spring.
Also, be sure to review the Department’s FY 2014 Grants Forecast (as of March 31), which lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the agency has invited or expects to invite applications for awards and provides actual or estimated dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. (Note: This document is advisory only and not an official application notice of the Department of Education.)