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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
RFP #: GC21-007

Teachers of Tomorrow Grant Program
June 1, 2022 – June 30, 2026


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Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Legislative Authority

The Teachers of Tomorrow Program was established under an amendment to Education Law, Chapter 62 of the Laws of 2000 to assist school districts in the recruitment, retention, and certification activities necessary to increase the supply of qualified teachers in school districts experiencing a teacher shortage, especially low-performing schools. Not more than sixty percent of funds allocated will be made available to any one school district.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of the Teachers of Tomorrow Program is to provide a variety of incentives that will encourage prospective teachers to teach in a school district experiencing a teacher shortage or subject shortage, especially in districts with low-performing schools. 

The shortage subject areas for the purposes of this grant are: bilingual education, career and technical education, English, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), health education, literacy, mathematics, sciences (biology, computer science, chemistry, earth science, physics), social studies, special education, and world languages other than English.  

There are two grant programs for this funding opportunity.

Program One (1):
The Teachers of Tomorrow - these grant funds are distributed on a competitive basis to eligible districts to fund activities in each of the following five categories:

  1. Teacher Recruitment Incentives
  2. Summer in the City Internships for City School Districts in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers and NYC Department of Education
  3. Master Teacher Program
  4. Tuition Reimbursement Program
  5. Summer Teacher Training Program for NYC Department of Education schools ONLY

Program Two (2): The Teachers of Tomorrow Science, Mathematics, Bilingual Education and English as New Language Tuition Reimbursement Program funds are allocated to eligible districts to attract qualified teachers who have received or will receive a transitional teaching certificate, to teach in a low-performing school that is experiencing a shortage of teachers in science, mathematics, bilingual education, and/or English as a
new language. Districts may fund activities in each of the following three categories:

  1. Tuition Reimbursement for Professional Certification in Science, Mathematics, and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  2. Tuition Reimbursement for Initial Certification in Science, Mathematics, and ESOL
  3. Tuition Reimbursement for the Bilingual Education Extension

Project Period

The beginning date for grant activities is June 1, 2022. The ending date for grant activities is June 30, 2026. Only expenses incurred during this period will be eligible for coverage with these State funds. The initial program period runs from June 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, with subsequent program periods beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are school districts experiencing a teacher shortage and school districts which contain a school building that has been designated as a low-performing school.  In allocating grants to school buildings, a school district shall give priority in the following order:

  1. Schools designated as Receivership (formerly Schools Under Registration Review)
  2. Low-performing schools (Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) Schools that are designated as teacher and/or subject shortage areas,
  3. Schools that are designated as teacher and/or subject shortage areas.  

Amount of Funding

The previous cycle funding for these grants was approximately $25 million annually.  For this grant cycle $20,000,000 is allocated for Program One (Teachers of Tomorrow) and $5,000,000 is allocated for Program Two (Teachers of Tomorrow Science, Mathematics, Bilingual Education and English as New Language Tuition Reimbursement Program) for a total of $25,000,000.

Funding for this multi-year grant program is subject to change and will be contingent upon the State Legislature appropriating funds. In the event that the budget for this program is reduced, all grant awards will be reduced proportionately.  For example, if NYSED awards a grant of $100,000, and funding is cut by 10%, NYSED will reduce that award by 10% or $10,000, for a revised amount of $90,000.

Application Due Date and Mailing Address

Submit one original and two copies of the application by May 23, 2022 to the address below, as well as one electronic copy of the complete application via email to TOT@nysed.gov.

New York State Education Department
Office of Family and Community Engagement
ATTN: Doris Waiters
89 Washington Avenue, EBA Room 960
Albany, NY 12234

Please see additional instructions for submitting an application for each grant program under Submission Instructions.

The post and emailed deadline for all applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 23, 2022.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Adobe PDF - Posted 5/13/22

Note: The forms for both Program 1 – Attachment 3 and for Program 2- Attachment 3, originally found on pages 60 and 74 of the RFP respectively, have been revised and uploaded as an attachment with this Q & A document.

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their pre-qualification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The due date is May 12, 2022.  Please send the NOI to TOT@nysed.gov.

NYSED Designated Contacts

Program: Doris Waiters
Fiscal: Lucas Rodriguez
TOT@nysed.gov

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Questions and Answers Adobe PDF - Posted 5/13/22

Note: The forms for both Program 1 – Attachment 3 and for Program 2- Attachment 3, originally found on pages 60 and 74 of the RFP respectively, have been revised and uploaded as an attachment with this Q & A document.

Last Updated: May 13, 2022