Teaching with Primary Sources


Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grants seek to fulfill the mission of the Library of Congress to use its collections to connect with those representing diverse communities, beliefs, and endeavors to engage, inspire, and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity. TPS grants build a nationwide network of organizations that deliver professional development, write curriculum, and create apps and interactives based on the Librarys digitized primary sources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Library of Congress
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Library of Congress Digital Collections and Educational Curricula Act of 2005 U.S.C. 2 U.S.C. § 184
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include: public or private organizations, both not-for profit and for-profit organizations and including institutions of higher education, colleges, universities, professional associations, library systems, cultural institutions, other educational organizations such as K-12 schools, after-school programs, literacy organizations, centers, clubs, associations of home-schooling parents, honor societies, and other professional, civic, regional, state, and community groups, and collaborative partnerships (such as an organization with content expertise paired with a state or regional educational entity); NOFO - 030ADV21R0179 4/22/2021 6 states; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations. An applicant may be disqualified if the applicant or any principal or employee has been subject to any legal proceeding involving fraud, criminal activity or has been subject to any Federal or state citation for a criminal activity. If so, an explanation must be provided.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
All applicants are required to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet and then register in SAM.gov prior to submitting an application for this NOFO. Award recipients must continue to maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information through the life of their Federal award(s). See the "Submission Requirements" section of this document below for more information on SAM.gov registration. We may not make a Federal award to an applicant that has not completed the SAM.gov registration. If an applicant selected for funding has not completed their SAM.gov registration by the time the program is ready to make an award, the program may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award. The program can use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. There is no cost to register with Dun & Bradstreet or SAM.gov. There are third-party vendors who will charge a fee in exchange for registering entities with Dun & Bradstreet and SAM.gov; please be aware you can register and request help for free.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The resulting award from this NOFO will be administered in accordance with the Library of Congress' Regulation, LCR 7-310, and policies contained in 2 CFR 200.
April 22, 2021 to May 28, 2021 Due date for applications: No later than 12:00 PM (Noon Eastern Time) on May 28, 2021 All proposals must be submitted electronically via email to Phoebe Coleman at tps-grant@loc.gov. Proposals submitted through Grants.gov will not be accepted.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
More than 180 days. Extensions may be requested for a maximum of 24 months.
How are proposals selected?
The Library will assemble panels comprising Library of Congress staff, staff from other government agencies, and senior professionals, from organizations across the country, to review and evaluate submissions on the basis of: the applicant's demonstrated history of providing high-quality curricula, materials and tools focused on a specific subject or population; the applicant's leadership in educational network(s) that propagate teaching excellence in the field targeted by the proposal; experience, knowledge and contacts within the broader targeted community that would support significant adoption and use of the tools or materials created; quality and use of previously created curricula, instructional materials and tools; and programmatic and financial capability of the applicant, as witnessed by the soundness of the project plan and management of similar previous projects. Specifically, Library staff and review panels will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: Expertise, Need and Impact, Programmatic Financial Capability, Educational Networks and Affiliations, Proposed use of Library Resources, Past Activities, and Budget/ Project Costs.
How may assistance be used?
Applicants must submit project proposals that address demonstrated educational needs of a specific recipient populations with solutions that standard practice, documented experience, or research suggest would be effective. Fundable projects must use the Library’s collections for one or more of the following approaches: • Deliver educational programming to various categories of learners • Create and distribute educational materials or tools for teaching specific content • Convene meetings of like organizations to devise strategies for furthering common learning and teaching goals with Library of Congress materials • Conduct research with significant practitioner involvement that investigates the impact of incorporating Library of Congress into educational initiatives.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance reports are due on April 5, 2022 and October 5, 2022 and must contain a comparison of actual accomplishments with the established goals and objectives of the award described in the project plan; a description of reasons why established goals were not met, if appropriate; and any other pertinent information relevant to the project results. The report must include qualitative and quantitative information describing activities carried out and specific results achieved during the period. In addition, the report must indicate key implementation challenges encountered and how they were, or are planned to be, resolved. For awards with periods of performance 12 months or longer, recipients are required to submit interim performance reports on the frequency established in the Cooperative Agreement. Final reports are due no later than 90 calendar days after the award period of performance end date or termination date.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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
12 months, with a maximum extension up to 24 months Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Phoebe Coleman
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20540 USA
Phone: 202-707-3309
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 20$9,110,000.00; FY 21 est $9,424,000.00; FY 22 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$35,000 to $100,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2020 A project to design an inquiry-based online course and component assets centered on Teaching with Primary Sources materials. This online course will offer educators a carefully scaffolded curriculum to enhance their ability to promote curiosity, critical thinking, content knowledge, and literacy through questions, Teaching with Primary Sources pedagogy, and primary sources.
Fiscal Year 2021 A project to design and implement educational projects using Library of Congress materials for use in or outside of formal classroom settings.


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