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Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education


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Advanced Course Access (ACA) Program
Announcement of Funding Opportunity


Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Purpose of Grant

To increase equity in access to advanced courses, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and dual-credit courses, for high school students who currently have very limited or no access to advanced courses, through online learning, distance learning, or other evidence-based methods. 

Project Period

The grant period is for two years, from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. A budget for Year One must be submitted with this application, together with a two-year budget narrative. Funding beyond Year One will be contingent upon the State Legislature appropriating funds, satisfactory performance in the previous year, and timely receipt of the annual report.

Authority

Aid to Localities Enacted Budget Bill (S.1503-D, A.2003-D)

Eligible Applicants

Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)-led consortium and the Big 5 public school districts (New York City, Yonkers, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo).

  • A NYC proposal must be made from the NYC Department of Education.
  • BOCES-led consortia must include, at minimum, one BOCES and seven (7) Rest of State (RoS) districts.
    • All Consortia must be led by a BOCES.
    • If more than one BOCES is part of a consortium, one BOCES must lead the consortium.
    • Non-BOCES Component school districts are eligible to join a BOCES-led consortium.
    • BOCES-led consortia may include any RoS districts, including non-component districts and districts that are components of other BOCES.
    • Any district can only participate in one consortium.
    • Big 4 School Districts may submit individual proposals or join BOCES-led consortia, but the BOCES must be the lead applicant.

Available Funding and Distribution

$1.75M per year will be awarded.
The maximum award amount is $500,000.

Funding after Year One is contingent upon the State Legislature appropriating funds, satisfactory performance in the previous year, and timely receipt of the annual report. Please see the Funding and Awards Section in the grant application document Adobe PDF of this RFP for additional information.

M/WBE Requirement

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Participation Goals Pursuant to Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law for this grant is thirty percent (30%) of each applicant’s total discretionary non-personal service budget each year of the grant. See the M/WBE Participation Goals section and Appendix G in the grant application document Adobe PDF for further information and forms for completion.

Application Due Date and submission instructions

Applicants must submit one (1) electronic copy of the completed application as an attachment in Microsoft Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) to ACAgrant@nysed.gov. Applicants must also submit one (1) original copy on paper and one (1) paper copy postmarked by February 11, 2020 of the full application to: 
New York State Education Department 
Office of Educational Design & Technology
89 Washington Avenue Room 880 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
Attn:  Brielyn Smith

Important Dates for Awarding Grants

Applications must be postmarked by:

February 11, 2020

Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification:

Spring 2020

Anticipated Project Period:

July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022

Additional Information

All questions must be submitted by email to ACAgrant@nysed.gov by close of business, January 14, 2020. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted here no later than close of business, January 28, 2020.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Last Updated: December 13, 2019