Magnet Schools Assistance


To provide grants to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish and operate magnet schools that are operated under a court-ordered, agency-ordered, or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans. Magnet programs aim to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority-group isolation in elementary and secondary schools while strengthening students' academic achievement.

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
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title V, Part C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
LEAs that are implementing court-ordered, agency-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans that include magnet schools are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
LEAs and participating students will benefit.
Applicants must submit a copy of the desegregation plan they are implementing, or will implement, if assistance is made available. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application notices are published in the Federal Register and applications must be sent to the Education Department on or before the closing date.
Award Procedure
Recommendations for the approval of applications are made by the program staff on the basis of published criteria, statutory priorities, State comments received under the E.O. 12372 process, and with the advice and assistance of a panel of independent reviewers. In addition, no application may be approved unless the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights determines that all required assurances will be met.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range is anticipated to be 90 to 120 days from the closing date.
Not Applicable.
The project period for a Magnet School award may not exceed 36 months. To receive continuation funding, grantees must demonstrate substantial progress toward meeting their goals and objectives. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are used to evaluate the applicant's project design, project services, personnel, budget and resources, evaluation plan, and commitment and capacity. Competitive priority is given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest need for assistance; that carry out new or significantly revised magnet schools; and that select students to attend magnet schools through methods such as lottery, rather than academic examination. For funds appropriated for the program in excess of $75 million, competitive priority is given to those applicants that did not receive funds under the program in the previous fiscal year.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used, among other things, for planning and promotional activities directly related to the development, expansion, continuation, or enhancement of academic programs offered at magnet schools; for purchasing books, materials, equipment; and for paying or subsidizing the salaries of teachers and instructional staff in magnet schools. Funds may not be used for transportation or activities that do not augment academic improvement. A grantee may use not more than 50 percent of funds in the first year of the grant, and not more than 15 percent in the second and third years, for planning.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
As part of the continuation award funding process, grantees must submit performance reports annually. Final performance reports must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the grant award period. 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.
Under section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act grantees must maintain records for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of grants will be up to 36 months, subject to the availability of funds. 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
Anna Hinton Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 260-1816
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $91,647,000; FY 15 est $91,647,000; and FY 16 est $91,647,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of awards: $350,000-$4,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Program Office for information on regulations (34 CFR 280).
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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