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African-American History Instructional Materials Grant 2018–19

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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Deadline Date:

10/01/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $60,000 to South Carolina nonprofits, school districts, and IHEs to develop new educational materials related to African-American history. Funding is available for teacher training as well as instructional units for in-school use.

Grants must be used in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Grant funds may be used for research, travel, transcription software, and salaries.

Grant funds may be used for one or more of the following:
- Creation and execution of a multiple day experience for teachers in June 2019, emphasizing the African American Freedom Movement, including but not limited to culture, prosperity, and prominent historic sites within South Carolina. This experience will lead teachers to develop inquiry-based instructional plans on the African American Freedom Movement aligned to Standard 5-5, Standards 8-6 and 8-7, or USHC-7 and USHC-8 of the 2011 South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards for posting to the SCDE’s website.

- Development of an inquiry-based instructional unit emphasizing African American history and the contributions of African Americans. The units must explore one essential content listed in the chart below, or related to content as expressed in 2011 South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standards. Units must be accompanied by an evidence set comprised of a variety of primary and secondary sources. These strands of essential content were determined through a needs assessment conducted by the SCDE. Each unit must align to the 2011 South Carolina Social Studies Standards, connect to a theme within the course, and include the historical thinking skills of comparison, causation, periodization, contextualization, and continuity and change. Content should be school- and grade-level appropriate.

Applicants may propose to develop one or more of these instructional materials, 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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GrantWatch ID#: 177741

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Number of Grants:

The SCDE anticipates awarding one grant for the multiple day experience and several grants for the development of instructional units accompanied by an evidence set; however, only one grant will be awarded per/for each instructional unit aligned with essential content.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award for the multiple day experience is $60,000 and the maximum award for the instructional unit accompanied by an evidence set is $10,000 per essential content.

Term of Contract:

The project term runs from December 3, 2018, through June 26, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, school districts, or institutions of higher education.

Grant funds may 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.

Expenditures charged to the grant should be reasonable, necessary, and adequately documented to achieve the grant project’s goals and objectives. Indirect costs are not allowed. Costs for office furniture, construction, entertainment, and alcohol are not allowed. Note: The unallowable expenditures listed are not all-inclusive; applicants should use prudent judgment to determine expenditure allowability and alignment with the proposed project’s scope of work.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The SCDE’s Office of Standards and Learning will offer a technical assistance webinar via Adobe Connect on August 30, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to assist eligible applicants in understanding the Request for Proposals and how to apply for this grant. No password is required to join the session. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is October 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

- August 30, 2018: Technical assistance session
- October 1, 2018: Deadline for receipt of applications
- November 2018: Notification of awards
- December 3, 2018: Funding period begins; projects can begin
- February 15, 2019: Benchmark 1 report(s) due to the SCDE
- April 18, 2019: Benchmark 2 report(s) due to the SCDE
- June 26, 2019: Funding period ends; final projects must be submitted to SCDE

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, Social Studies Education Associate

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

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USA: South Carolina