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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) supports the learning and development of educators in enhancing their capacity to help students succeed. Under the new law are Titles I–X. Title II is a formula-funded program that provides funding for professional development.
Learn more about ESSA on ASCD’s advocacy page
To search programs based on eligibility such as individual, Local Education Agencies, and Institutes for Higher Education, click here.
The Department of Education has grants for which individuals can apply directly. Here are a few individual grants to consider:
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for short-term study and travel seminars overseas. The program is open to U.S. educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies.
Learn more about Fulbright-Hays
Loans made through the Federal Perkins Loan Program are low-interest federal student loans available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with exceptional financial need. The loan is made by the recipient’s school, and you will make your payments back to the school that made your loan or your school’s loan servicer. Check with your school's financial aid office to see if your school participates in the Perkins Loan Program.
Learn more about Perkins Loans
For a more comprehensive list of grants for individuals, click here.
This program provides grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of and investment in innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an effect on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.
Learn more about Investing in Innovation funding
The Promise Neighborhoods program envisions that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities.
Learn more about Promise Neighborhoods
The Department of Education anticipates awarding $50 to $70 million for up to 10 new awards to support projects implementing human capital management systems and performance-based compensation for educators.
This program provides funding for projects that develop and implement performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems in high-needs schools. Performance-based compensation systems must consider gains in student academic achievement as well as classroom evaluations conducted multiple times during each school year, among other factors, and provide educators with incentives to take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles.
Learn more about the Teacher Incentive Fund
For a comprehensive list of grants for Local Education Agencies and nonprofit groups, click here.
This program is designed to improve the education of limited English proficient (LEP) students by helping them learn English and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. The program provides enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant students. Funds are distributed to states based on a formula that takes into account the number of immigrant and LEP students in each state.
Learn more about English Language Acquisition State Grants
This program provides funds to rural districts to meet federal education requirements (includes Titles I, II, IV, V)
Learn more about Rural Education Achievement Program funding
School Improvement grants are provided to state educational agencies, which use them to make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to using the funds to provide adequate resources in order to substantially raise the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.
Learn more about School Improvement Grants
For a comprehensive list of grants for State Education Agencies, visit here.
The Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program aims to increase student achievement by improving the quality of new and prospective teachers by enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and the professional development activities for current teachers. The TQP Grants Program seeks to improve the quality of new teachers by creating partnerships among IHEs, their schools/colleges of education and arts and sciences, high-need school districts (local educational agencies, or LEAs), their high-need schools, and/or high-need early childhood education (ECE) programs.
Learn more about the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support state, territorial, and local education and health agencies to help build and strengthen their capacity to improve child and adolescent health. These agencies can apply for and receive funding in one or more of the following areas: HIV, STD, and unintended pregnancy prevention; and school-based surveillance including the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the School Health Profiles (Profiles).
Learn more about U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grants
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