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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
2020-21 Title I School Improvement Grant 1003 (Basic)

Full RFP

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

Select the survey titled “2020-21 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 2020-21 District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) and 2020-21 School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (SCEP) and thereby improve student performance. These funds are to be used to support planning and implementation of school improvement activities as required in the ESEA.


The following districts/schools are eligible for 2020-21 Section 1003 Basic School Improvement funding:

  • Title I Target Districts
  • CSI Schools
  • TSI Schools

The following districts/schools are not eligible for 2020-21 Section 1003 Basic School Improvement funding:

  • Districts in Good Standing with no identified schools;
  • Any school in Good Standing;
  • Any school in SIG Cohort 7;
  • Charter Schools.

Information about accountability designations is available online at: ESSA Accountability Designations


Eligible districts and schools will receive the following allocations for 2020-21:

  • Target District - $50,000 per district;
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement school - $200,000 per school;
  • Targeted Support and Improvement school with three or more identified subgroups - $75,000 per school; and
  • Targeted Support and Improvement school with fewer than three identified subgroups - $50,000 per school.
PLEASE NOTE: The Department will allow a one-time carryover of any Title I 1003 SIG Basic funds that were not spent during the 2019-20 school year; however, carryover from 2019-20 cannot be included in the initial application or budget.  Carryover may be requested with an amendment after the 2020-21 SIG Basic application and budget have been approved and the 2019-20 SIG FS-10F (final expenditure report) has been processed by Grants Finance. 

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:

NYS Education Department - Office of Accountability
Attn: 2020-21 School Improvement Grant (1003)
89 Washington Avenue - Room 320 EB
Albany, NY 12234

LEAs are NOT REQUIRED to send hard copies of general application materials to the Department.

Project Period

September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Application Deadline

Completed applications are due by August 31, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. LEAs are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible to expedite the review and approval of SIG funding.


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

Last Updated: August 5, 2020