Supporting Effective Educator Development Program
The purpose of the SEED program is to (1) Support pathways that allow teachers, principals, or other school leaders with nontraditional preparation and certification to obtain employment in traditionally underserved local educational agencies (LEAs); (2) Provide evidence-based professional development activities that address literacy, numeracy, remedial, or other needs of LEAs and the students they serve; (3) Provide professional development that enhances or enables student opportunities in dual enrollment programs or early college high school settings; (4) Make services and learning opportunities freely available to LEAs, including through publicly accessible electronic means; or (5) Provide teachers, principals, or other school leaders with evidence-based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential.
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 data available. No data available.Fiscal Year 2017
No data available.Fiscal Year 2018
The SEED grant program provides funding to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based preparation, development, or enhancement opportunities for educators. Based on annual performance reporting and monitoring data for the SEED program, SEED grantees have provided innovative teacher training in both rural and urban school districts, encouraged school leaders to be change agents within their districts and schools, and leveraged partnership support.Fiscal Year 2019
No data available.Fiscal Year 2020
No data available.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title II, Part B, Subpart 4, Section 2242
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The only eligible applicants are institutions of higher education and nonprofit entities meeting specific statutory requirements, the Bureau of Indian Education, and partnerships of one or more of those entities and a for-profit entity.
Educators and prospective educators benefit from this program.
The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200) apply to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to 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. By the due date, eligible applicants must submit to the U.S. Department of Education a complete application that (1) addresses statutorily required information, absolute and competitive priorities (as applicable), and the selection criteria, and (2) includes all required assurances and signatures. Contact the program office for additional information.
If an applicant is successful, the Department of Education will notify the applicant's U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and will send the successful applicant a Grant Award Notification (GAN).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 3 years; the Secretary may choose to renew the grant for up to an additional 2 years if the grantee demonstrates that it is using funds effectively. Continuation awards for each year are subject to the availability of funds and a grantee's satisfactory progress.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria are contained in the application package and published in the Federal Register notice inviting applications. Contact the program office for more information.
How may assistance be used?
Grantees may use the funds to recruit and train prospective teachers, principals, or other school leaders. They may also use the funds to provide professional development activities to address the needs of LEAs. Grantees may also provide professional enhancement activities that lead to an advanced credential.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees report against performance measures that are announced in the application packages. As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75), annual performance reports (ED 524B) are required of all grantees; additional report requirements will be included in grant award documents.
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.
Each recipient must maintain records that fully disclose the total cost of the activity for which the funds are used, and the share of the cost provided from other sources, and other such records as will facilitate an effective financial or programmatic audit. Under 2 CFR 200.333, a grantee must retain such records for 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. 25%. Grantees must match not less than 25 percent of the total cost for each year of activities, in cash or in kind. The Secretary may waive the matching requirement in cases of demonstrated financial hardship.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 3 years; the Secretary may choose to renew the grant for up to an additional 2 years if the grantee demonstrates that it is using funds effectively. Continuation awards for each year are subject to the availability of funds and a grantee's satisfactory progress. Subject to 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
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20202 USA
(Project Grants) FY 18$75,000,000.00; FY 19 est $75,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$65,000,000.00; FY 16$93,993,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The Department held one competition in FY 2018 and made 15 awards ranging from $971,000 to $8,444,000 for the initial funding period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
(a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The OMB Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. Contact the program office for additional information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2020
SEED grantees implement a wide range of programs to support teachers, principals, and other school leaders, including recruitment, preparation, hiring processes, induction, support, and on-going leadership development. Additionally, grantees’ projects focus on a range of concerns such as the unique needs of rural educators, increasing the use of micro-credentials, personalizing learning for students, and diversifying the workforce. Examples of funded projects include universities that are piloting a professional development system for teachers using web-based intelligent tutoring platforms previously used only with students, the use of virtual reality gaming techniques to train and improve principals’ ability to critique classroom instruction in low-risk environments, and creation of a residency pilot program focused on computer science instruction.