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Grants & Grant Management

OSPI works to ensure efficient and economic use of federal and state funding in compliance with appropriate regulations. The programs listed below offer new policy and funding in order to promote the improvement of performance for students and schools alike.

For a full list of OSPI grants log into our iGrants system.

OSPI will be transitioning to the Education Grant Management System (EGMS) starting in Spring 2022. The consolidated grant application and the related consortium grants will be in EGMS, while all other grants will stay in iGrants.

21st Century Learning

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. OSPI oversees the administration of the federal grant, (Title IV Part B), which funds 21st Century programs for our students.

Balanced Calendar

In Washington state, a traditional school year lasts 180 days. Students have a few short breaks along the way and a long break in the summer. Instead of concentrating 180 school days into nine months, a balanced calendar spreads them throughout the year. Schools may use the breaks to host “intersessions,” where they can provide additional learning experiences if needed.

Beginning Educator Support Team Grants

BEST Grants become available in late spring or summer depending on funding.

Closing Educational Achievement Gaps (Title I, Part A) 

Title I, Part A funding can support early learning and Kindergarten to grade 12.  These programs and services provide customized instruction and curricula that help students meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn and do.  As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I, Part A programs build equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep them on the academic sidelines. 

Consolidated Program Review

The Consolidated Program Review (CPR) monitors multiple federally funded programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This process fulfills OSPI's compliance monitoring requirements under Federal regulations (2 CFR 200).

Digital Equity & Inclusion Grant

An essential part of implementing OSPI’s educational technology standards is advocating for sufficient funding for all districts to help close opportunity gaps related to educational technology. Through the legislative support of House Bill 1365, OSPI will soon provide grants focused on digital equity and inclusion to support these standards.

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015. It is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Homeless Education Grants

Includes Federal McKinney-Vento Grants and State Homeless Student Stability Grants.  They are available to Districts on a competitive basis, based on need as well as quality of proposal (per federal rules).

Improving Teacher and Principal Quality (Title II, Part A)

The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality. This includes teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, and retention. In addition, Title IIA funds may be used to improve the skills and knowledge of principals for effective school leadership.

Open Educational Resource (OER) Grants

Many districts are developing or adapting openly licensed resources. As a result, we have a tremendous opportunity to share resources across districts and reduce duplication of efforts. These small, competitive grants are provided to districts developing their own OER core or unit-level instructional materials.

Rural Education Initiative (Title V, Part B)

The Rural Education Initiative (Title V, Part B) is a suite of federal programs designed to address the unique needs of rural local education agencies (LEAs).  These LEAs frequently lack personnel and resources needed to compete for federal competitive grants and often receive formula allocations that are too small to be used effectively for their intended purposes.

Student Support and Academic Enrichment (Title IV, Part A)

The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (Title IV, Part A) Program provides funding to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing school district capacity.  This helps to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning and increase the use of technology to enhance the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.