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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
2023-28 New York State My Brother’s Keeper Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) II


Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Budget Narrative Excel file - Revised 2/27/23
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 2/27/23

Legislative Authority

Chapter 53 of the laws of 2016.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of TOC II is to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers.

TOC II Programs will:

  • include instructional strategies designed to meet the learning needs of students placed at risk;
  • incorporate the use of mentors and other high-quality support systems for pre-service and new teachers that are designed to ensure a lasting and positive effect on classroom performance;
  • reflect current research on teaching and learning; culturally and linguistically relevant teaching; youth development; restorative practices; and STEM concentrations at the elementary, middle and high school levels;
  • integrate a clinically rich pre-service model with a 10-month internship experience, to help prepare pre-service teachers to develop and implement culturally sustaining practices to address the learning needs of all students; and
  • foster retention in teaching of highly qualified individuals who value diversity and equity.

Request For Proposal (RFP) Priorities

  • Proposals that include partnerships with high-need districts. (See Section K. Bonus Points on Page 35)
  • Proposals that include a clinical model with paid residencies for teacher candidates. (See pages 9 and 35)

Project Period

The project period is September 1, 2023 - August 31, 2028. The annual grant period is September 1 - August 31.

Eligibile Applicants

Only New York State public and independent degree-granting colleges and universities that have a teacher preparation program approved by the State Education Department may submit applications for this grant opportunity.

Amount of Funding

The allocation for 2023-2028 is expected to be $3,000,000 annually. Available funding is subject to legislative appropriation.

Application Due Date and Mailing Address

Please submit one original and two copies of the full proposal with all required documents (See Application Checklist Attachment I) by March 13, 2023, to the address below. Additionally, submit one electronic copy of the full proposal containing all required documents in Microsoft Office or PDF format via email to TOCRFP@nysed.gov by March 13, 2023. The hard-copy original and two copies should be mailed to:

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

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 2/27/23

Pre-qualification Requirement

Proposals received from nonprofit applicants that are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway by 5:00 PM on the proposal due date of March 13, 2023, cannot be evaluated. Such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration. Please see the “Prequalification Requirement” section for additional information.

Mandatory Memorandum of Agreement(s)

A signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) is required between at least one partner organization and the IHE as part of the application process. An application that is submitted without the required executed MOA will not be considered for funding. Letters of support are not acceptable.

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 prequalification 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. Send the NOI to TOCRFP@nysed.gov by March 6, 2023.

NYSED Designated Contacts

Program: Doris Waiters
Fiscal: Adam Kutryb
M/WBE: Brian Hackett

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Budget Narrative Excel file - Revised 2/27/23
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 2/27/23

Last Updated: February 27, 2023