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Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program

Grants to USA Non-Profits for Programs
to Enhance Teachers' & Principals' Skills

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U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement

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04/13/15 4:30 PM ET


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Grants to USA non-profit organizations, with staff or affiliates in multiple States, for professional development programs that enhance skills and effectiveness of teachers and principals. March 12, 2015 is the deadline to submit an optional letter of intent to apply. Priorities for this funding opportunity are as follows:

Absolute Priority 1: Supporting Practices and Strategies for Which There Is Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness. Projects that are supported by Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness.

Absolute Priority 2: Teacher or Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Preparation. This priority funds projects that will create or expand practices and strategies that increase the number of Highly Effective Teachers or Highly Effective Principals by recruiting, selecting, and preparing talented individuals to work in schools with high concentrations of High-need Students.

Absolute Priority 3: Professional Development for Teachers of Academic Subjects. This priority funds projects that will create or expand practices and strategies that increase the number of Highly Effective Teachers by providing professional development opportunities to teachers, including special education teachers, in schools with high concentrations of High-need Students.

Absolute Priority 4: Advanced Certification and Advanced Credentialing. This priority funds projects that will create or expand practices and strategies based on advanced certification or advanced credentialing that increase the number of Highly Effective Teachers, Highly Effective Principals, or both, who work in schools with high concentrations of High-need Students.

All applicants must meet priority 1 and at least one of priorities 2-4.

Competitive Preference Priority 1: Supporting Practices and Strategies for Which There Is Strong Evidence of Effectiveness. Projects that are supported by strong evidence of effectiveness.

Competitive Preference Priority 2: Improving Efficiency (Cost-Effectiveness). Projects that will identify strategies for providing cost-effective, high-quality services at the State, regional, or local level by making better use of available resources. Such projects may include innovative and sustainable uses of technology, modification of school schedules and teacher compensation systems, use of Open Educational Resources, or other strategies.

Competitive Preference Priority 3: Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. This priority funds projects that address one or both of the following priority areas:
(a) Increasing the opportunities for high-quality preparation of, or professional development for, teachers of STEM subjects.
(b) Increasing the number of individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including minorities, individuals with disabilities, and women, who are teachers of STEM subjects and have increased opportunities for high-quality preparation or professional development.

Competitive Preference Priority 4: Supporting High-Need Students. This priority funds projects that are designed to improve:
(a) Academic outcomes;
(b) Learning environments; or
(c) Both

For one or more of the following groups of students:
(i) Students served by Rural Local Educational Agencies
(ii) Students with disabilities
(iii) English learners
(iv) Students in Lowest-performing Schools
(v) Students who are living in poverty and are served by schools with high concentrations of students living in poverty
(vi) Disconnected Youth or migrant youth
(vii) Students who are members of federally recognized Indian tribes

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GrantWatch ID#: 152200

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

3 - 6 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$3,000,000 - $8,000,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Up to 36 months.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Having 501(c)(3) status is not necessary to meet the definition of a "nonprofit" in 34 CFR 77.1(c), meaning that it is not a requirement to be eligible for a SEED grant. Your entity must meet the requirements under 34 CFR 77.1(c ) and demonstrate that it meets the definition of a “national not-for-profit” organization as defined in the NIA.

A consortium of not-for-profits may apply. However, you would need to document that each not-for-profit in the consortium meets the definition of "national not-for-profit" as defined in the NIA.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The SEED program intends to hold webinars designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. Detailed information regarding these meetings will be provided on the SEED website at

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants are encouraged to submit an intent to apply email. The e-mail notification should be sent to the SEED program at no later than March 12, 2015. Applicants that fail to provide this e-mail notification may still apply for funding.

An organization may submit more than one application as long as the projects being proposed are not for the same activities.

For the purposes of the SEED program, the definition of "national not-for-profit organization" does not draw a distinction between a regional or a national organization as long as the organization meets the definition, including having "staff or affiliates in multiple States."

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Tel.: (202) 453-6709
Fax: (202) 401-8466

Federal Relay Service (FRS): 1-800-877-8339

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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