DC School Choice Incentive Program


To provide low-income parents residing in the District of Columbia (District) with expanded options for the education of their children. This program is part of a broader school improvement effort in the District.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act, (Division C of Public Law 112-10, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An educational entity of the District of Columbia Government; a nonprofit organization; or a consortium of nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
To receive an award under this program, an applicant must ensure that a majority of the members of its voting board or governing organization are residents of the District of Columbia. The Secretary gives priority to applications from eligible entities that will most effectively provide students and families with the widest range of educational options; to applications from eligible entities that will most effectively target resources to students and families who lack the financial resources to take advantage of available educational options; and to applications from eligible entities that will most effectively give priority to (A) eligible students who, in the school year preceding the school year in which the student would use the scholarship, attend an elementary or secondary school identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under section 1116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 6316); (B) students who have been awarded a scholarship in a preceding year under the current authorizing legislation or the DC School Choice Incentive Act of 2003, as such Act was in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of the current authorizing legislation, but who have not used the scholarship, including eligible students who were provided notification of selection for a scholarship for school year 2009-2010, which was later rescinded in accordance with direction from the Secretary of Education; and (C) students whose household includes a sibling or other child who is already participating in the program of the eligible entity under this division, regardless of whether such students have, in the past, been assigned as members of a control study group for the purposes of an evaluation.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is subject to the regulations in 34 CFR Part 79. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants must submit the following by the designated deadline: (1) The applicant must provide a written narrative, which addresses the selection criteria (and the required application content) that reviewers use in evaluating their applications. (2) Required forms to be submitted with the application include SF424; Sections A, B, and C of ED Form 524; Assurance - Non Construction Programs; Certifications Regarding Lobbying, Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Disclosure of Lobbying Activity; Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions. (3) Applicants for grants under this program are required to submit applications electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) available through the Department's e-GRANTS system. Specific instructions for submitting applications electronically are included in the application notice.
Award Procedure
The Department of Education awards this grant on a competitive basis. The program office notifies the successful applicant of the award, negotiates the final budget, and awards the grant. Contact the program office for more information.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 60 days.
Not Applicable.
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 12 months. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria are contained in the NIA.
How may assistance be used?
In FY 2009, the Department awarded one grant on a competitive basis to administer the scholarship program for new as well as current student participants. These scholarships of up to approximately $8,000 per student per school year for grades K-8 and approximately $12,000 per student per school year for grades 9-12 enable students to attend a participating nonpublic District elementary and secondary school of their choice and may be used to pay tuition and fees and transportation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual performance reports are required for each budget period. Specific due dates are determined by the Department and forwarded to applicants accordingly. Final performance reports are due 90 days after expiration or termination of the award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain financial records must be maintained for a period of 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 12 months. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Jeanne Gilroy Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: jeanne.gilroy@ed.gov Phone: (202) 205-5482
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $15,200,000; FY 15 est $13,198,800; and FY 16 est $1,200,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average new awards: $13,198,800..
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Department will publish the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) in the Federal Register. Contact the Program Office for more information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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