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2016-17 Title I School Improvement Grant - Section 1003(a)
Basic School Improvement Grant Application


Update 7/12/16:
The following revisions have been made to page 2 of the application document:

  • Instruction #4 has been changed to reference Row 18, not Row 17.
  • Row 17 has been added to the chart.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (481 KB) | Application in Word Word document icon (79 KB) – Revised 7/12/16

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 ESEA flexibility waiver.  More information regarding the flexibility waiver can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html

Eligibility

Title I Focus Districts and Districts with Title I Local Assistance Plan (LAP) Schools are eligible to apply for this grant. Title I Focus Districts, Title I Priority Schools, Title I Focus Schools and Title I LAP Schools that were identified as of February 26, 2016 and did not subsequently successfully appeal their designation are eligible for funding. The list of identified districts and schools is online at: www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEADesignations.html.

Title I Districts that were identified as a Focus District and Title I schools identified as a Priority or Focus School as of September 1, 2015 and subsequently removed from that status will remain eligible for funding during the 2016-17 school year.  Only Title I schools providing instruction to students during the 2016-17 school year are eligible for an allocation.

The following districts/schools are not eligible for the Section 1003(a) Basic School Improvement Grant: Non-Title I Focus Districts; Non-Title I Priority Schools; Non-Title I Focus Schools; Non-Title I Local Assistance Plan Schools; Priority Schools receiving a 1003(g) School Improvement Grant, School Innovation Fund Grant, Title I Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program, or Receivership Grant; 2015-16 Title I LAP Schools removed from that status for 2016-17; and Focus or Priority Charter Schools.

Funding

Title I Focus Districts identified for 2016-17 will receive the following allocation(s):

  • Title I Focus District: $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 2016-17 will receive the following allocation:

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

Title I Focus Districts identified in 2015-16 that have been removed from that status in 2016-17 will receive the following allocation(s):

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

Please Note: If a school meets the criteria for two different allocations due to changing accountability from 2015-16 to 2016-17, only the higher of the two allocations will apply for funding purposes. All other programmatic requirements are based on the most current accountability status and improvement plan for the school. 

Allowable Activities

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

1003(a) School Improvement Grant funds cannot be used to meet the Focus District Parent Education requirement, but additional Parent Education activities may be funded with 1003(a) grants after the Focus District requirement has been met with Title I, Part A funds. 

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 2016-17 DCIP and SCEPs to NYSED no later than July 31, 2016. All DCIP and SCEP documents must be publically posted online no later than the first day of the 2016-2017 school year. Additional information regarding district and school improvement requirements under the ESEA Flexibility waiver may be found at: www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html.

Grant/Project Period

September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017

Application Due Date

August 31, 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 than June 30, 2017.  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, 2017.  Late amendments will not be accepted.

Submission Instructions

This is a 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
  • FS-10 Budget Form with original signature (www.oms.nysed.gov/cafe/forms/)

Please do not submit the instructional materials (pages “i" through “vii”) or the Assurances and Certification Regarding Lobbying, etc. (pages 5-11) with the application.

Assurance and Certification documents should be kept on file with the submitted application by the district.

Send applications to:

Attn: Title I School Improvement, 1003(a) Application
New York State Education Department
Title I School & Community Services, Room 318 EB
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 (481 KB) | Application in Word Word document icon (79 KB)

Last Updated: July 12, 2016