U.S. Department of Education: Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy ProgramsDeadline: July 17, 2017
The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Program awards competitive grants to advance literacy skills, including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing, for children from birth through grade 12, with an emphasis on disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities.
Applications must meet the following absolute priority: Interventions and Practices Supported by Moderate or Strong Evidence. Under this priority, a State Educational Agency (SEA) must ensure that evidence plays a central role in the SRCL subgrants. Specifically, in its high-quality plan, an SEA must assure that (1) it will use an independent peer review process to prioritize awards to eligible subgrantees that propose high-quality comprehensive literacy instruction programs that are supported by moderate evidence or strong evidence, where evidence is applicable and available, and (2) the comprehensive literacy instruction program proposed by eligible subgrantees will align with the State’s comprehensive literacy plan as well as local needs.
Applicants may receive an an additional five points to an application for each competitive preference priority, depending on how well the application meets one or more of these priorities. Competitive preference priorities are:
- Competitive Preference Priority 1—Serving Disadvantaged Children: The SEA must describe in its application a high-quality plan to award subgrants that will serve the greatest numbers or percentages of disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities
- Competitive Preference Priority 2—Alignment within a Birth through Fifth Grade Continuum: The SEA must describe in its application a high-quality plan to align, through a progression of approaches appropriate for each age group, early language and literacy projects supported by this grant that serve children from birth to age five with programs and systems that serve students in kindergarten through grade five to improve school readiness and transitions for children across this continuum
Amount: A total of $190,000,000 is available to make 5-10 awards ranging from $3,000,000—$80,000,000 and averaging $18,000,000. The project period is for 36 months. Grantees must:
- Subgrant no less than 95 percent of funds received under this competition to eligible subgrantees
- Ensure that at least 15 percent of the subgranted funds serve children from birth through age five; 40 percent of the subgranted funds serve students in kindergarten through grade five; and 40 percent of the subgranted funds serve students in middle and high school, including an equitable distribution of funds between middle and high schools
Eligibility: SEAs of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The SEA must submit a new or revised State comprehensive literacy plan that is informed by a recent (conducted in the past five years) and comprehensive needs assessment developed with the assistance of its State literacy team. Additionally, the plan must be reviewed by the State literacy team and updated annually if an SEA receives an award under this program.
Eligible subgrantees: Grantees may award subgrants—to directly carry out project activities described in its application—to the following types of entities: One or more LEAs or, in the case of early literacy, one or more LEAs or nonprofit providers of early childhood education, with a demonstrated record of effectiveness in improving language and early literacy development of children from birth through age five and in providing professional development in language and early literacy development.