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


The DoDEA Educational Partnership Grant Program provide resources for local education agencies [LEAs] to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of the highly mobile military-connected students in their community. The Grant Program specifically provides resources to military-connected LEAs to develop and implement projects that are designed to: Engage students where disciplines converge, including programs that meaningfully integrate science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) subjects as well as other disciplines such as Career and Technical Education (CTE), arts & humanities. Designing innovative remote learning experiences to teach literacy, mathematics, computer science, and/or other CTE courses. Develop partnerships or consortia approaches to implement education and outreach programs with a holistic approach to understanding real-world applications. Fill gaps in schools that lack necessary infrastructure through innovative programming and/or novel interventions to address student achievement gaps in any curricular subject. OR progress World Languages for military-connected student through one on the following: 1) Establish and implement programs that showcase a meaningful integration of world language(s) across subject areas. Projects under this scope would include world language immersion or partial world language immersion of any of the languages included on the DoD SLL (Appendix D) and/or ASL. 2) Establish and implement an exploratory pilot program that seeks to create new world language experiences for students. For example, this type of project may link native speakers of languages other than English within the LEA with the target schools in order to promote two-way language learning. The language used for this scope must be included on the DoD SLL (Appendix D) and/or ASL. 3) Improve or expand content-based instruction in the target schools current world language program of one or more of the languages included on the DoD SLL (Appendix D) and/or ASL. 4) Effectively use technology, such as computer-assisted instruction or distance (virtual) learning, to establish or expand course offerings of one or more world languages included on the DoD SLL (Appendix D) and/or ASL.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2021 DoDEA grantees continue to successfully implement their grant projects with fidelity and sustainability. A full listing of DoDEA grant program accomplishments can be found on our website at or on any of our social media platforms under the handle @dodeagrants.
Fiscal Year 2022 In Fiscal Year 2022 DoDEA awarded 11 grants to school districts that provides solutions that will establish, improve, or expand world language study for Pre-K-12 public school students their district. For this effort, world language is defined as American Sign Language (ASL) and/or any of the languages included on the DoD Strategic Language List (SLL) as defined in DoD Directive 5160.41E, Defense Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Program. All awarded schools had at least a 10 percent or greater military-connected student enrollment for that school year. Additionally, all awarded school districts are members of a school district which currently hosts a unit of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) in one of their local high schools and all provided a professional development component to teachers to build their capacity in a specific world language.
Section 574(d), Public Law 109–364, Oct. 17, 2006. Section 553, Public Law 110-417, Oct. 14, 2008. Section 573, Public Law 112-81, Dec. 31, 2011. Section 1072(h), Public Law 114-92, Nov. 25, 2015. Section 552, Public Law 115-91, Dec. 12, 2017. Section 1751 of the 2020 NDAA
Through our grant program we are building partnerships that help military connected students be college and career ready. By sharing resources, we can empower students to work toward clear, consistent and high-reaching goals and exceed learning expectations in order to achieve a rich, rigorous and well-rounded education.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Awards are be made to local educational agencies (LEAs) on behalf of their eligible school(s). To qualify all participating schools must have a 10 percent or greater military dependent student enrollment.
Beneficiary Eligibility
K-12 students are the primary beneficiaries, although the grants may also fund teacher professional development.
Awards are subject to the requirements in the notices of funding opportunity posted on, including submission of certifications and representations and having a current registration in the System for Award Management (
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must complete Standard Forms 424,424A, and applicable certifications and representations (e.g., Lobbying) as indicated on Applications are only accepted through submissions.
Award Procedure
1. will announce a notice of funding opportunity for this program and provide application instructions. 2. LEAs will apply directly to for opportunity. 3. LEAs apply by submitting required package paperwork through funding opportunity link. 4. Applications are peer reviewed using the evaluation criteria listed in the notice, with DoDEA making the final award selections.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Funding decisions are based on the following specific criteria: o Evaluation of risks posed by applicant to include history of performance and ability to effectively implement requirements. o Application scores, as determined by peer reviewers. o Availability of Federal funds.
Appeals may be made to the DoDEA Grant Program Manager.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The selection of proposals are based on five criteria. They were weighted in the following order: implementation plan, evaluation plan, needs assessment, goals/outcomes, and budget/sustainabilty. Additionally, the funding decisions are based on the following specific criteria: Evaluation of risks posed by applicant to include history of performance and ability to effectively implement requirements; Application scores, as determined by peer reviewers; and the availability of Federal funds.
How may assistance be used?
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. The definition of military student is specified in the Federal Register announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: LEA's submit semesterly reports detailing program progress and results. The program's evaluation plan largely determines the specifics of each report.
Not applicable.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant award cycles are up to 5 years. LEAs receiving awards may submit requests for advanced payment or reimbursement of funds after disbursement on at least a quarterly basis. Payments will be made after receipt and approval of an acceptable payment requests (SF-270).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
The awarding agency is located at DoDEA headquarters in Arlington, VA.
Headquarters Office
Jennifer Dailey-Perkins
4800 Mark Center Drive

Alexandria, VA 22350 US
Phone: 571-372-6026
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$63,000,000.00; FY 23 est $29,999,999.00; FY 24 est $30,000,000.00; FY 21$47,262,800.00; FY 20$22,378,125.00; FY 19$22,645,772.00; FY 18$36,122,355.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 12$52,394,021.00; FY 14$43,680,473.00; FY 13$58,255,681.00; FY 16$66,540,827.00; - For additional information visit
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Proposed projects are 54 months in duration and the total federal amount requested from DoDEA for each project must be no less than $500,000 and no more than $3,000,000 for all years of the project, including direct and indirect costs. In FY22 DoDEA awarded 45 grants totaling $63,000,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 and Department of Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations are applicable to the project grants. The agency also lists grant information on
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 For FY18 and FY19 all grant funded projects have a period of performance of approximately 54-months and are aimed to equip military-connected school districts with College and Career Ready resources necessary to successfully build and/or expand their Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programming. I have also attached a spreadsheet of all of our funded projects to date to include their specific amount and project abstract. The FY20 grant program focus will most likely continue to prioritize STEM as directed by the SECDEF.
Fiscal Year 2021 High school students in Kittery School District are part of a unique program that has supported social-emotional learning and STEM efforts during the COVID environment. The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association (WILSSA) in Kittery, Maine, strives to preserve the century-old Kittery site previously manned by predecessors of our modern-day Coast Guard. As part of educational efforts to raise awareness of the heroic surfmen of the old US Life Saving Service, WILSSA is partnering with Traip Academy, the town’s public high school, to create a unique boatbuilding class. More than a dozen Traip students are not only learning new skills in wooden boat building, but local maritime history as well. The program encourages students to research and construct dories, supported by partnerships with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Lowell's Boat Shop—the oldest boat shop in the country. Students are building two, 19-foot-long replicas of US Coast Guard dories that were used by the surfmen who staffed the Life Saving Station before it became a Coast Guard station in Kittery.
Fiscal Year 2022 A number of schools serving high concentrations of military-connected students provide little or no access to World Languages learning opportunities; this is the case at seven schools targeted for the project. Bridge to Bi-literacy includes two main components: an elementary level Spanish language immersion program and World Languages course offering enhancements in secondary schools. The project objectives are to increase the number of Spanish language learning opportunities and to bolster the rigor of offerings to better develop students’ language proficiency. Key activities include providing high-quality professional development; executing an elementary immersion model with at least 50% of course content delivered in Spanish; creating and offering new rigorous coursework at the secondary school level; and offering a Summer Immersion Camp. Project outcomes include: teachers will be prepared to implement the program, as measured by self-reported skill and confidence levels; 60% or more of elementary immersion students will show at least typical or moderate growth in their Spanish language proficiency; and 60% or more of secondary students will score an ‘A’ or ‘B’ on semester exams for Bridge to Bi-literacy courses.
Fiscal Year 2023 Drawing from research on the benefits of a “regional model” that leverages collaboration and cross-school collaboration to increase student success, the district proposes to institute a STEM Innovation Hub at the targeted school sites with a high population of military connected students. Key activities include creating and offering new coursework centered on project-based and inquiry-based learning, increasing the number of elementary and middle school students who earn STEM-related industry certifications; providing high-quality professional development; offering a variety of high-interest STEM-centric clubs, especially for students traditionally underrepresented in STEM; providing opportunities for students to compete in local and national STEM competitions; engaging parents and the community to build awareness in STEM and its benefits for students; and planning and executing at least one STEM-focused community service project each year.


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