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2020–21 African American History Instructional Materials Discretionary Grant

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits, Schools, and IHEs to
Develop Teaching Materials for African-American Studies

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Standards and Learning

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10/21/20 4:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $60,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations, school districts, and institutions of higher education to develop new educational materials related to African-American history. Funding is intended to support teacher training as well as instructional units for in-school use.

Grants are to be used for the development of new inquiry-based instructional materials aligned to the 2020 South Carolina Social Studies College- and Career-Ready Standards via one of the following approaches:

  • Develop and host an African American Historic Sites Professional Learning Opportunity (PLO) for teachers that connects prominent historic sites in South Carolina with content knowledge on African American history. The PLO guides teachers in the development of inquiry-based instructional units with an accompanying text set that connect the visited sites with identified course themes, or
  • Develop and host an Instructional Units PLO for teachers providing content knowledge on selected South Carolina African American history and guides teachers into the development of a minimum of three inquiry-based instructional units with accompanying text sets based on geographic, economic, or political themes associated with that content.

Instructional units for both approaches must be accompanied by a text set, defined as a collection of primary and secondary sources that provide evidence to support the theme, issue, or topic explored in the instructional unit. Text sets must use APA format and each unit must include the following number of sources: 

  • Primary units (K–2) must use 2–4 sources, 
  • Elementary units (grades 3–5) must use 4–8 sources, 
  • Middle school units (grades 6–8) must use 6–8 sources, and 
  • High school units (grades 9–12) must use 8–12 sources. 

Each unit must also connect to a theme or Key Concept within the course and include student use of the skills for the course as identified in the standards. 

Grants must be used in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Grant funds may be used to provide participant stipends, cover all materials costs, and salaries. For the multi-day experience, lodging and meal per diem are acceptable.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177741

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Award amounts will be determined based on the quality of applications received and total funding requested; however, the maximum award for the African American Historic Sites PLO is $60,000. The maximum award for the Instructional Units PLO is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The funding period is December 7, 2020, to June 25, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, school districts, and institutions of higher education that are capable of developing a multi-day experience for teachers or three inquiry-based instructional units aligned to the 2020 South Carolina Social Studies College- and Career-Ready Standards emphasizing African American history and the contributions of African Americans.

Applicants must have a DUNS number to apply.

Grant funds must not be used for graduate-level courses, professional memberships, or indirect costs. Out-of-state travel must be justified and requires prior approval by the SCDE’s Office of Standards and Learning.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The SCDE’s Office of Standards and Learning will offer a technical assistance webinar via Adobe Connect on September 17, 2020, from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. to assist eligible applicants in understanding the RFP and how to apply for this grant.

No password is required to join the session. Participants should enter their full names when logging in.

Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start time to test their audio settings and download/print handouts.

While participation is not mandatory to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

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Pre-Application Information:

The application due date is October 21, 2020, at 4:00 PM EST.

- September 17, 2020: Technical assistance session
- October 21, 2020: Deadline for receipt of application
- December 2020: Notification of awards
- December 7, 2020: Funding period begins; projects can begin
- January 2020: Post-award technical assistance session
- February 12, 2021: Benchmark 1 report due to the SCDE
- March 1, 2021: Historic Sites Experience may begin
- April 16, 2021: Benchmark 2 report due to the SCDE
- June 25, 2021: Funding period ends; projects must end
- July 5, 2021: Final expenditure report due to the SCDE
- July 21, 2021: Final programmatic report and instructional units due to the SCDE

The SCDE will conduct a pre-award risk assessment of potential grantees before a grant award is issued. As part of the application requirements, applicants must submit a completed Pre-Award Audit Questionnaire (see Page 36 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below).

Applicants may propose to develop one or more instructional material but must submit a separate application for each category and a separate application if wishing to focus on more than one identified essential content.

For all proposed projects, applicants must clearly articulate the process for determining alignment with the standards and the rationale for the grade-level chosen.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Stephen Corsini

South Carolina Department of Education
Office of Standards and Learning
1429 Senate Street, Suite 611-C
Columbia, SC 29201

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