School Improvement Grants

To support competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

In general,
State educational agencies (SEAs) must give priority for subgrants to LEAs with Title I-eligible schools ranked in the bottom five percent of such schools, based on student achievement and lack of progress in improving student achievement, as well as secondary schools with a graduation rate below 60 percent over a number of years.

LEAs seeking funding to serve such schools must implement one of several school intervention models.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Jefferson County Board Of Education $ 1,767,060   2015-08-012019-07-31
Tntp, Inc. $ 1,985,858   2015-08-012019-07-31
William Paterson University Of New Jersey $ 1,997,758   2015-08-012019-07-31
Administration, Louisiana Division Of $ 2,208,084   2015-08-012019-07-31
Buffalo City School District $ 1,182,290   2015-08-012019-07-31
Duval County School Board (inc) $ 1,477,869   2015-08-012019-07-01
Rocky Mountain College $ 1,298,927   2014-10-012018-09-30
North Carolina State University $ 1,903,439   2014-10-012018-08-15
Intercultural Development Research Association $ 1,986,610   2015-08-012018-07-31
Fort Wayne Community Schools (inc) $ 3,318,257   2015-08-012018-07-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

An SEA must allocate at least 95 percent of the amount of the funds it receives directly to LEAs, primarily to implement specified school intervention models in Title I-eligible schools ranked in the bottom five percent of such schools, based on student achievement and lack of progress in improving student achievement, as well as secondary schools with a graduation rate below 60 percent over a number of years.

An SEA may retain up to 5 percent of the grant amount received for administration, evaluation, and technical assistance expenses.

At the LEA level, these funds may be used for any reasonable costs associated with implementing required school intervention models, or with carrying out school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring activities described in Section 1116(b) of the ESEA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

SEAs with approved State plan amendments are eligible to receive funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

To be eligible to receive Title I School Improvement Grant funds, an LEA must have one or more schools identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Section 1116(b) of Title I of the ESEA.


OMB Circular A-87. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. ED has issued guidance and an electronic application for this program, which may be found at

Award Procedures

The Department will allocate funds to any State that submits an application meeting the Department's application requirements.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Authorization of this program was eliminated by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies with each State.


In programs administered by ED, Section 432 of the General Education Provisions Act provides LEAs with a right of appeal when there are disagreements between State and local educational agencies, including disagreements over funding decisions. Where an LEA alleges that the denial of funding is a violation of State or Federal law, rules, regulations, or guidelines governing the applicable program, it may, within 30 days, request a hearing from the SEA. Once the hearing is held and the SEA issues it written ruling, the LEA may appeal a negative ruling to the Secretary.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Under ESEA, ED allocates section 1003(g) School Improvement funds to States through a formula that is based on each State's proportionate share of funds received under ESEA Title I, Part A (Grants to LEAs), Part C (Migrant Education program), and Part D, Subpart 1 (State Agency Neglected and Delinquent program). The Secretary is authorized through appropriations acts to reserve up to 5 percent of available funds for national activities. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Title I School Improvement funds are available for obligation by State and local educational agencies for 27 months after funds become available on July 1. Funds become available to the Department on July 1, and will be allocated to States on or after that date. They remain available for obligation by LEAs under the initial period of availability for 15 months. Under section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, any funds that remain unobligated may be carried over for obligation for an additional 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are subject to the reporting requirements contained in Parts 76 and 80 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Grantees must submit program performance information through their annual Consolidated State Performance Reports.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with EDGAR in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $500,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.


All grantees must maintain and complete records as provided in EDGAR.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $442,555,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Fiscal Year 2015 (est): Range: $1,111,223 - $59,907,202. Average: $9,518,386.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Applicants should contact the headquarters office for more information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

James Butler Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 3W246, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 401-9737.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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