Magnet Schools Assistance
To provide grants to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish and operate magnet schools that are operated under 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
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available. No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2017
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2019
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2020
No Current Data Available.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part D
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
LEAs that are implementing court-ordered, agency-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans that include magnet schools are eligible to apply.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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.
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.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range is anticipated to be 90 to 120 days from the closing date.
The project period for a Magnet School award may not exceed 60 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; carry out new, evidence-based magnet schools significantly revised magnet schools using evidence-based methods, or replicate and existing magnet school program with a demonstrated record of success; select students to attend magnet schools through methods such as lottery, rather than academic examination, and propose to increase racial integration by taking into account socioeconomic diversity. 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 also be used for transportation of students to and from a magnet school assuming transportation is sustainable beyond the grant period and transportation costs do not represent a significant portion of the grant funds received by the eligible LEA. Funds may not be used on activities that are not directly related to improving student academic achievement. 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?
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 as well as 75.730-732; and 2 CFR 200.333, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.
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
The length of grants will be up to 60 months, subject to the availability of funds. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$105,000,000.00; FY 19 est $107,000,000.00; FY 20 est $107,000,000.00; FY 17$97,647,000.00; FY 16$96,647,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of awards: $350,000-$3,000,000 (estimated).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Program Office for information on regulations (34 CFR 280).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available.