Competitive Grants: Promoting K-12 Student Achievement at Military-Connected Schools

To enhance student learning opportunities, student achievement, and educator professional development at military-connected schools.



Agency - Department Of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Office - None.

The awarding agency is located at DoDEA headquarters in Arlington, VA.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects use nationally recognized, research-based best practices to enhance student achievement primarily in academic areas.

Projects should address identified needs at the target school(s).

Projects must have an evaluation plan that uses multiple sources to measure both the fidelity and the results of implementation, especially as they contribute to improving the student achievement of military students at the target schools.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Elementary/Secondary Education

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local; Education (0-8); Education (9-12)

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Eligibility depends on a number of factors, including the status of the military installation served by the school district, the percentage of military students in the school, and special factors such as the frequency of deployments at the installation.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. OMB Circular A-87 applies. Applicants must complete Standard Form 424, Form 424A and Form 424B and Certification regarding Lobbying.

Award Procedures

1, Complete necessary paperwork.
2. Sign award documentation.
3. Establish link to Wide Area Work Flow to receive payments.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Section 574 (c) of P.L. 109-364, as amended by Section 553 of P.L. 110-417; Title 10 U.S.C. Section 2192(b) and Title 10 U.S.C. Section 2193a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. In FY09, the competitive process required submission of a concept paper first. After they were reviewed, a percentage of applicants were invited to submit a full application. For FY10, the competitive process has not been determined.

Appeals

Appeals may be made to the DoDEA grants officer.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

In FY09 grant funds were available for 36-38 months, that is, the last two months of FY09 and all of FY10-12. In FY10, a similar time period, that is, 36-40 months, will most likely be used. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: School districts may be reimbursed after submitting invoices. Arrangements can also be made by the school district--through the grants officer--to receive advance payments.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Districts submit semesterly reports detailing program progress and results.

The program"s evaluation plan largely determines the specifics of each report.

Data must be disaggregated to show military students" progress/achievement.

Quarterly financial reports (SF424A), final transactions report (SF424B), request for advance or reimbursement (SF270) are required.

Districts submit semesterly reports detailing program progress and results.

The program"s evaluation plan largely determines the specifics of each report.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. DoDEA will monitor all grantees telephonically and electronically and will conduct monitoring visits to selected grantees. DoDEA will provide evaluation assistance to all grantees.

Records

Semesterly Progress Reports
Quarterly Financial Reports
Request for advance or reimbursement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

97-0100-0-6-000.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $41,300,000; FY 10 est $15,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY09, the range of awards was $300,000 to $2,000,000. The average award was $1,200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circular Nos. A-110, A-133, A-88, and A-21; DoD Instruction 3218.2; DoD Directive 3210.2; DoD Directive 3210.6; are applicable to the project grants. The agency also listed grant information on the Federal Register..

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. The awarding agency is located at DoDEA headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Headquarters Office

brian j. pritchard 4040 North Fairfax Drive, 9th Floor
, Arlington, Virginia 22203 Email: brian.pritchard@hq.dodea.edu Phone: 7035883345

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In FY09 the selection of proposals was based on five criteria. They were weighted in the following order: implementation plan, evaluation plan, needs assessment, goals/oucomes and budget/sustainabilty.



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