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2015-16 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a)
Basic School Improvement Grant Application

Update 9/3/15:
Technical assistance on how to complete your application is available at:
2015-16 Title I 1003(a) Basic School Improvement Grant Technical Assistance

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (470 KB) | Application in Word Word document icon (74 KB)

Purpose of Allocation

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 as required in the 2015-2019 ESEA flexibility waiver.  More information regarding the approved four-year flexibility renewal can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html


  1. Only Title I Focus Districts and Districts with Title I Local Assistance Plan (LAP) Schools are eligible to apply for this grant.
  2. Focus Districts, Priority Schools, Focus Schools and LAP Schools that are identified as of August 31, 2015 are eligible for funding.  The 2015-16 lists of Focus Districts, Priority Schools, Focus Schools and LAP Schools are posted online at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEADesignations.html
  3. Title I Districts that were identified as a Focus District and Title I schools identified as a Priority or Focus School as of June 1, 2015 and subsequently removed from that status will remain eligible for funding during the 2015-16 school year.
  4. Only Title I schools providing instruction to students during the 2015-16 school year are eligible for an allocation.

Please note: The following districts/schools are not eligible for the Section 1003(a) BASIC School Improvement Grant:

  • Non-Title I Focus Districts;
  • Non-Title I Schools;
  • Focus or Priority Charter Schools;
  • Priority Schools receiving 1003(g) School Improvement Grants;
  • Priority Schools receiving 1003(a) School Innovation Fund Grants;
  • Schools receiving 1003(a) Socioeconomic Pilot Program (SIPP) Grants;
  • Priority Schools receiving Receivership Grants during the 2015-16 school year. 


Title I Focus Districts identified for 2015-16 will receive the following allocation(s):

  • Title I Focus District base allocation: $50,000 per district
  • Title I Priority School: $75,000 per school
  • Title I Focus School: $50,000 per school
  • Title I LAP School: $20,000 per school

Title I Districts in Good Standing with Title I LAP Schools are eligible to apply for a LAP School allocation, but are not eligible for a district allocation.  Each Title I Local Assistance Plan School identified for 2015-16 will receive the following allocation:

  • Title I LAP School: $20,000 per school

Each Title I Focus District, Title I Priority and Title I Focus School that is newly identified in February 2016 will receive an allocation of $25,000 to initiate required improvement activities from the date of identification through August 31, 2016.   Additional information and forms to access those funds will be made available when the new list of identified districts and schools is finalized.

Allowable Activities

Title I School Improvement 1003(a) funds may not be used for any school level activities in Non-Title I schools.  Districts must target funds toward the area(s) of identification and toward the particular subgroup(s) identified for improvement. Funds may only be used for activities allowed under Title I and must be used for required improvement activities listed below:

  1. Participation in Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) training, including the DTSDE Certification program, and implementation of DTSDE reviews, including required surveys;
  2. Participation in training for and development of the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP), School Comprehensive Education Plans (SCEPs) and Strategic Plans for School Excellence (SPSE), including the DTSDE Professional Learning Community (PLC) program;
  3. Review of Qualifications of Priority and Focus School Leaders;
  4. Work with an independent evaluator to monitor and evaluate fidelity of program implementation;
  5. Submission quarterly of leading indicators report to NYSED;
  6. Provision of Public School Choice to students attending Title I Priority and Focus Schools;
  7. Provision of 200 hours of Extended Learning Time Programming to students in Priority Schools;
  8. Funding to sustain and/or implement a whole school reform model in a Priority School or Focus School;
  9. Funding to implement a community school model or advanced coursework/CTE program in a Priority or Focus School;
  10. Funding to support other DTSDE recommendations;
  11. Funding to support implementation of Local Assistances Plans (LAPs) in Title I LAP Schools; and,
  12. Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to provide college and career enrichment programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for historically underserved students from Focus and Priority Schools.

See application for additional information on allowable and unallowable expenditures.

Please Note: There is no carryover for these funds.  All activities must be encumbered during the project period below.  Funds under this grant may not be used for construction, renovation, furnishings, or acquisition of technology.

All Focus Districts must submit their 2015-16 DCIP and SCEPs to NYSED and post them on their district web site by July 31, 2015.   Applications will be accepted from eligible districts that have received NYSED Office of Accountability approval for an extension to submit their plans, but funding will not be approved until the required plans have been received.

Additional information regarding district and school improvement requirements under the ESEA Flexibility waiver may be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html

Grant/Project Period

September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016

Application Due Date

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 30, 2015, but all activities are subject to review and approval for funding.  Applications with activities starting in September are due by August 31, 2015.  Districts may submit a full or partial application in August and then submit revisions as needed until June 30, 2016. 

Budget Amendment Deadline

All budget amendments are subject to review and approval.  Amendments to add new activities must be postmarked and submitted electronically no later June 30, 2016.  Amendments must be submitted with sufficient time for review of any new activities.  Amendments to adjust costs for approved activities or adjust fund codes can be accepted at any time during the project period; however supplies exceeding 10% of an activity cost requires a full review and must be submitted by June 30, 2016.  Late amendments will not be accepted.

Submission Instructions

This is district grant and only one grant may be submitted by the district for all allowable activities and eligible schools. 

A complete application consists of one original bearing the original signature of the Superintendent and one electronic copy (email to SIGA@nysed.gov) of the following:

  • Cover page (with original signature)
  • Title I School Improvement Grant Allocation Chart*
  • Title I School Improvement Grant Program Narrative Chart*
  • Assurances and Certification Regarding Lobbying, etc.
  • FS-10 Budget (with original signature)     
    Form available at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/cafe/forms/

Send applications to:

Attn: Title I School Improvement, 1003(a) Application
New York State Education Department
Title I School & Community Services, Room 368 EBA
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

Send an electronic copy to SIGA@nysed.gov.
Please include your DISTRICT NAME in the subject line of all e-mail submissions. 
For additional information or assistance please contact: SIGA@nysed.gov

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (470 KB) | Application in Word Word document icon (74 KB)

Last Updated: September 3, 2015