Competitive Grants

This page describes the competitive grants already awarded to New York schools. Central offices manage these grants and individual schools cannot apply to district application.

Learning technology

The New York State Learning Technology grant program promotes collaboration between public school districts, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services and non-public schools of all denominations to:

  • Promote an increase in continuous, progressive integration of instructional technology in classrooms and library media centers to improve student academic performance in relation to the New York State Learning Standards, and
  • Provide ongoing, sustained professional development focused on increasing knowledge and skills of teachers in the use of instructional technology to help students attain higher levels of performance in the New York State Learning Standards, and
  • Make use of recognized model programs that are based on research and have shown promise of significantly increasing student academic achievement.

Learning Technology Grantprograms focus on Pre-K to 12 classroom activities (including professional development) in the content areas of mathematics, English Language Arts, and science. The maximum award is $50,000 and the grant requires that at least $22,500 be utilized for professional development and that no more than $22,500 be utilized for supplies and materials (including technology.)

For more information you can read a more detailed program description, or see a list of the current awardees and program abstracts.

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Funds are used to provide tutoring and other academic enrichment activities along with a broad array of youth development opportunities that complement schools' regular academic programs.

These centers help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as English Language Arts and math. In addition, literacy and other educational services are offered to families of students participating in the program. 

This is a district-level grant and is 5 years in length. Information can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information can be obtained from SED’s website.

Carolyn M. White Physical Education

The purpose of this grant is to help students make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education. The grant has a three-year grant cycle.  Information can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Central NYCDOE did not apply for this grant, but schools may have partnered with a CBO and be included in a CBO's grant application. The last grantee in New York City was I Challenge Myself (a Not-for-Profit Community Based Organization).  Participating Schools: East Side Community School (M450) and George Washington Educational Campus Schools (06M462, 06M468, 06M463, and 06M467).

Federal Magnet

Magnet programs aim to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority group isolation in elementary and secondary schools while strengthening students' knowledge of academic subjects and their grasp of marketable vocational skills. The special curriculum of a magnet school attracts substantial numbers of students from different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds and provides greater opportunities for voluntary and court-ordered desegregation efforts to succeed.

Some programs emphasize academic subjects such as math, science, technology, language immersion, visual and performing arts, or humanities. Others use specific instructional approaches, such as Montessori methods, or approaches found in international baccalaureate programs or early college programs. Read more about the program description.

Community Schools

Community Schools provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children. Districts use this funding to support the operating and capital costs associated with the transformation of struggling or persistently struggling schools into community hubs to deliver co-located or school-linked academic, health, mental health, nutrition, counseling, legal and/or other services to students and their families.

Community Schools partner with one or more agencies with an integrated focus on rigorous academics and the fostering of a positive and supportive learning environment, and a range of school-based and school-linked programs and services that lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. At a minimum, programs must include, but are not limited to:

  • addressing social services, health and mental health needs of students in the school and their families in order to help students arrive and remain at school ready to learn;
  • providing access to services in the school community to promote a safe and secure learning environment;
  • encouraging family and community engagement to promote stronger home-school relationships and increase families’ investment in the school community;
  • providing access to nutrition services, resources or programs to ensure students have access to healthy food and understand how to make smart food choices;
  • providing access to early childhood education to ensure a continuum of learning that helps prepare students for success;
  • offering adult and/or community education opportunities. That includes but is not limited to, access to career and technical education as well as workforce development services to students in the school and their families
  • offering expanded learning opportunities that include afterschool, summer school, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math programs (STEAM) and mentoring and other youth development programs; and
  • providing members of the community with access to services on school buildings and grounds consistent with all applicable laws and regulations including, but not limited to, Education Law section 414.

Additional information can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education.

Learning Technology

A grant to develop, implement, and share innovative programs that use learning technologies. The goal is to personalize learning and/or increase access to high-quality, rigorous learning experiences (through online, distance, or blended learning), as well as professional development programs to help teachers and educational leaders better use technology in lessons.

These programs (and component activities, materials, courses, etc.) will focus on improving culturally- and linguistically-responsive learning environments, and will support the mission of the NYS Board of Regents—which is to ensure that every child has equitable access to the highest quality educational opportunities, services and supports in schools that provide effective instruction aligned to the state’s standards. As well as positive learning environments so that each child is prepared for success in college, career, and citizenship.

The grant period is three years. Funding beyond year one will be contingent upon the state legislature appropriating funds, satisfactory performance in the previous year, and timely receipt of the annual report. No extension or carryover of funds from year to year is allowed.

Eligible applicants include public school districts and a consortia of districts. Charter schools are not eligible to apply. New York City proposals must be submitted by a Community School District (CSD), either as an individual CSD or as part of a consortium of two (2) or more CSDs.

All consortia proposals must be submitted by the consortium lead. Consortia leads may be districts or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. Consortia leads must play an active role in the program proposal; leads may not act solely as a flow-through for grant funds.

All public school district applicants, either independent or as part of a consortium, must give religious and independent schools within their boundaries the opportunity to participate. Religious and independent schools choosing to participate must be given the opportunity for meaningful and substantial involvement in the development of the proposal. 

Read a more detailed program description

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