Teacher and School Leader Incentive Grants (formerly the Teacher Incentive Fund)
To help eligible entities develop, implement, improve, or expand human capital management systems or performance-based compensation systems for teachers, principals, or other school leaders in schools (and especially those in high-need schools) served by the grantees. NOTE: The program was authorized by P.L. 114-95, the ESEA, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The provisions listed here reflect the requirements in that legislation, and are applicable to awards made with FY 2017 and subsequent year funds.
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. The Department collects annual program performance data from grantees; this information is available at https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget18/justifications/f-ii.pdf. In addition, the Department is conducting an evaluation of the program; additional information is available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/tq_incentive.asp.Fiscal Year 2017
The Department collects annual program performance data from grantees; this information is available at https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget19/justifications/f-ii.pdf. In addition, the Department is conducting an evaluation of the program; findings from the study are available at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evlaution/tq_incentive.asp.Fiscal Year 2020
In the first year of the TSL program, grantees provided over 8,300 educators with opportunities for performance-based compensation. Approximately 60% of the funds for this compensation was being contributed by non-TSL sources. As measured against their own performance objectives and goals, TSL grantees report seeing a range of accomplishments, including successfully engaging more than the target numbers of participants in development opportunities, reduced vacancy rates, improved year to year retention rates, and increased diversity of candidate pools for teachers and principals.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA), Title II, Part B, Subpart 1, Section 2211 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants are local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs in their State; State educational agencies (SEAs) or other State agencies; the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE); and partnerships of (1) one or more LEAs, State agencies, or the BIE and, (2) and at least one nonprofit or for-profit entity. An LEA may receive a grant, whether individually or as part of a partnership, only twice.
SEAs, LEAs, the BIE, non-profit and for profit organizations, and students, teachers, principals, and other school leaders in an LEA's high-need schools.
2 CFR part 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must prepare and submit applications in accordance with the notice inviting applications published in the Federal Register. By application deadline, 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 included in the NIA, 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
The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 120 to 180 days following the application deadline.
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 program application package and also generally published in the NIA published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.
How may assistance be used?
Grantees may use funds for a wide variety of activities designed to develop, implement, improve, or expand human capital management systems or performance-based compensation systems, including (1) developing or improving evaluation and support systems that are based in part on demonstrated improvement in student achievement; (2) conducting outreach to gain information on how to construct evaluation and support systems; (3) providing principals or other school leaders with the tools needed to make effective school-level decisions, including budgetary, scheduling, and staffing decisions; (4) implementing, as part of a performance-based compensation system, a differentiated salary structure for teachers or leaders in high need schools or high-need subjects who raise student academic achievement or take on additional leadership responsibilities; (5) improving LEA processes for recruiting, selecting, placing, supporting, and retaining effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders in high-need schools; and (6) instituting career advancement opportunities that reward effective teachers, principals, or other school leaders in high-need schools and enable them to expand their leadership results.
Grantees must use these funds to carry out the activities described in their approved project applications.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees report progress on established performance measures.
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 grantee 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 maintain program records for 3 years from the date it submits to the Department of Education its last expenditure report for the period for which it received the funds. A longer retention period is required under specified conditions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. 50%. Each grantee must provide, from non-Federal sources, an amount equal to 50 percent of the amount of the grant (in cash or in kind). Federal grant funds must be used to supplement, and not supplant, other Federal or State funds that would otherwise be used for authorized program activities.
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. 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, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202 USA
(Project Grants) FY 18$200,000,000.00; FY 19 est $200,000,000.00; FY 20 est $200,000,000.00; FY 17$200,000,000.00; FY 16$230,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 18 range $599,000 to $14,853,000 (continuation awards) and $535,000 to $12,880,000 (new awards). FY 19 $781,000 to $14,871,000 (continuation awards). FY 20 $678,000 to $13,635,000 (continuation awards; $1,000,000 to $15,000,000 (new awards).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, applies to this program. (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 2016
No Current Data Available. The Department awarded 13 new grants in FY 2016. Descriptions of projects are available at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive/awards.html.Fiscal Year 2017
Information on FY 2017 awards is available at https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/teacher-quality/teacher-and-school-leader-incentive-program/awards/.