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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
2018-19 Title I School Improvement Grant 1003 Basic


Update 2/26/19:

Update 1/18/19: PDF Version of Blank Application for Reference Purposes Adobe PDF
Update 1/24/19: Informational Webinar

Full RFP

The online application is available to LEAs through the NYSED Business Portal.

Select the survey titled “2018-19 Title I School Improvement Grant 1003 Basic”

Project Purpose

Section 1003 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement Schools (TSI), and Target Districts to develop a plan that will meet the progress goals in their 2019-2020 District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and 2019-2020 School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance. These funds are to be used to support planning for the implementation of school improvement activities as required in the ESEA.



The following districts/schools are eligible for 2018-2019 Section 1003 Basic School Improvement funding:

  • Title I Target Districts
  • CSI Schools
  • TSI Schools

The following districts/schools are not eligible for 2018-2019 Section 1003 Basic School Improvement funding:

  • Districts in Good Standing with no identified schools;
  • Any school in Good Standing;
  • Any school in SIG Cohort 6 or SIG Cohort 7;
  • Any school receiving a Receivership Grant; and
  • Charter Schools.

The list of identified districts and schools is available here.


Eligible districts and schools will receive the following allocations for 2018-19:

  • Target District - $25,000 per district;
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement School - $25,000 per school; and
  • Targeted Support and Improvement School - $25,000 per school.
Please Note - There is no carryover for these funds.  All activities must be encumbered during the project period below.

Submission Instructions

  • LEAs must complete all sections and are required to answer questions marked with a red asterisk.  If a required question has not been completed, the business portal will highlight it in red and the section of the application will be flagged.  The applicant will be unable to submit the application to NYSED for final review if a required question remains unresolved. 
  • FS-10 Budget forms should be completed in a manner that clearly identifies and aligns proposed expenses to improvement activities.
  • The online application may only be submitted/certified by the chief school officer of the applicant LEA.  The designated superintendent of an LEA is the only administrator with the submit/certify rights necessary to successfully submit and certify a completed application for NYSED review.
  • LEAs are required to send signed originals and two hard copies of the FS-10 Budget Form to:  

                    Office of ESSA-Funded Programs - Room 320 EB 
                    Attn: 2018-19 School Improvement Grant (1003) 
                    New York State Education Department
                    89 Washington Avenue
                    Albany, NY 12234

  • LEAs are not required to send hard copies of general application materials to the Department.  

Project Period

December 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019

Application Deadline

February 15, 2019

Completed applications are due by February 15, 2019, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  LEAs are encouraged to submit as soon as possible to expedite the review and approval process of SIG planning funds.


For additional information or assistance, please contact: SIGA@nysed.gov

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Last Updated: February 26, 2019