Innovative Education Program Strategies


To assist State and local educational agencies in the reform of elementary and secondary education.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants.
Program Accomplishments
This program contributes to the improvement and innovation of elementary and secondary programs.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, Title VI, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 7301-7373.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All States including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Insular areas are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public and private elementary and secondary students in each State will benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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
An application that complies with the statutory requirements and approval of the State formula for distribution of funds to LEAs must be submitted every 3 years and updated annually if necessary.
Award Procedure
Grant awards are issued after July 1 of each year if requirements are met. SEAs will issue grant awards to LEAs for the school year beginning subsequent to the award to the State.
Applications and the formula for distribution must be submitted sufficiently in advance of July 1 to permit review and approval. All application amendments or changes to the formula must be on file to reflect any changes.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range is approximately 30 days.
See 34 CFR 80.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for: (1) Acquiring and use of instructional materials; (2) technology and training in technology related to the implementation of school-based reform; (3) promising educational reform projects; (4) improving educational services for disadvantaged students; (5) reforming activities associated with Goals 2000; (6) education needs of gifted and talented children; (7) combating illiteracy among children and adults; and (8) implementing school improvement and parental involvement activities authorized under ESEA, Title I. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In accordance with the provisions of EDGAR. States will be responsible for conducting State evaluations in fiscal year 1998.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
SEAs and LEAs are required to keep such records as may be required for Federal audit, monitoring, and program evaluation.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
The Secretary is authorized to reserve up to one percent of Title VI funds for the Insular areas. The balance is allotted to SEAs based on the State's relative share of the Nation's school-aged population. The SEA is authorized to reserve up to 15 percent of the funds for State administration and technical assistance, of which not more than 25 percent may be used for administrative expenses. The balance of the funds the State receives is distributed to the LEAs on the basis of the formula developed by the State and approved by the Secretary.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
From July 1 to September 30 of the following year. In addition, funds remain available to States for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure. Grantees draw down funds electronically as needed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
School Improvement Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-6140. Contact: Zulla Toney, Telephone: (202) 260-2551.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02 $365,750,000; FY 03 est $385,000,000; and FY 04 est Not available. It will be determined upon completion of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In fiscal year 2001, the range is $1,816,000 to $43,634,000. Average: $6,984,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The requirements of the statute and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations apply to this program. The Secretary has developed non-regulatory guidance to assist program personnel in the implementation and administration of projects assisted under this Title. This guidance can be obtained from the Program Office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not available.


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