[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 10 (Friday, January 15, 2021)]
[Pages 4017-4024]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-00725]



Applications for New Awards; Full-Service Community Schools 

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice 
inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Full-Service 
Community Schools (FSCS) program, Assistance Listing Number 84.215J. 
This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB 
control number 1894-0006.

    Applications Available: January 15, 2021.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: February 1, 2021.
    Date of Pre-Application Meetings: The Department will hold pre-
application meetings via webinars for prospective applicants. Detailed 
information regarding these webinars will be provided on the FSCS 
website at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-discretionary-grants-support-services/school-choice-improvement-programs/full-service-community-schools-programs/.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 1, 2021.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 30, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at 

Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 4E246, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 260-2655. Email: [email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-


Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The FSCS program is authorized by sections 
4621-4623 and 4625 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 
1965, as amended (ESEA). This program

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provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of 
full-service community schools that improve the coordination, 
integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children 
and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, 
including high-poverty rural schools.
    Background: Full-service community schools provide comprehensive 
academic, social, and health services for students, students' family 
members, and community members that are designed to improve education 
outcomes for children. The growing interest at the State and local 
level in community schools,\1\ also known as full-service community 
schools, coupled with this competition, present an opportunity for 
nationwide school improvement. The ESEA offers flexibilities at the 
State and local levels to implement strategies supported by community 
schools, such as coordination of school and community resources (ESEA 
sections 1114(b)(5) and 1115(b)(2)) and afterschool programming and 
support for a community school coordinator (ESEA section 
4108(a)(5)(H)). If a State educational agency (SEA) or local 
educational agency (LEA) (as defined in this notice) lacks the 
resources to implement community schools at scale, it can productively 
begin in neighborhoods where community schools are most needed and, 
therefore, students are most likely to benefit.\2\ The Department, 
through the FSCS program, provides catalytic support for the planning, 
implementation, operation, and coordination of effective services for 
children and families, particularly in high-poverty urban and rural 
areas, at the local level.

    \1\ Maier, A., Daniel, J., Oakes, J., & Lam, L. (December 2017). 
Community Schools as an Equitable School Improvement Strategy: A 
Review of the Evidence. Learning Policy Institute.
    \2\ Horn, M. B., Freeland, J., Butler, S. M., & Brookings 
Institution. (2015). Schools as Community Hubs: Integrating Support 
Services to Drive Educational Outcomes. A Series of Discussion 
Papers on Building Healthy Neighborhoods. No. 3. In Brookings 
Institution. Brookings Institution.

    According to a 2017 report, comprehensive community school 
interventions that incorporate most or all of four features, or pillars 
(integrated student supports; expanded learning time and opportunities; 
family and community engagement; collaborative leadership and 
practice), are associated with a range of positive student outcomes.
    ``A well-implemented community school leads to improvement in 
student and school outcomes and contributes to meeting the educational 
needs of low-achieving students in high-poverty schools. Strong 
research reinforces the efficacy of integrated student supports, 
expanded learning time and opportunities, and family and community 
engagement as intervention strategies.'' \3\

    \3\ Ibid.

    Over the last decade, the field has observed a wide range of 
practices coordinated and implemented in full-service community 
schools. In a January 2020 study of New York City community schools by 
the Rand Corporation, assuming strong social capital, stable 
leadership, and a strong instructional program, community schools have 
been associated with improved attendance, on-time grade progression, 
student achievement in math, and fewer disciplinary incidents.\4\

    \4\ Johnston, W., Engberg, J., Opper, I., Sontag-Padilla, L., 
and Xenakis, L. (2020). Illustrating the Promise of Community 
Schools: An Assessment of the Impact of the New York City Community 
Schools Initiative. City of New York, www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR3245.html.

    This year we encourage applicants to consider where possible the 
option to give families the choice to apply for services beyond the 
project's required services to meet the unique needs of students and 
their families. In order to offer families expanded options, applicants 
may need to engage in greater collaboration with partners who can meet 
those unique needs.
    Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority, four 
competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority. In 
accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), the absolute priority is from 
section 4625(b)(1)(A) of the ESEA. The competitive preference 
priorities are from ESEA sections 4625(b)(1)(B), 4625(b)(2), and 
4625(b)(3), and 34 CFR 75.226(c).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2021, and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Eligible entities that will serve a minimum of two or more full-
service community schools eligible for a schoolwide program (as defined 
in this notice) under section 1114(b) of the ESEA as part of a 
community- or district-wide strategy.
    Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2021, and any subsequent 
year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications 
from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference 
priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award an additional two 
points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 1, 
and we award an additional point to an application that meets 
Competitive Preference Priority 2. We award an additional point to an 
application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 3, and an 
additional five points to an application that meets Competitive 
Preference Priority 4. An applicant may receive a maximum of nine 
competitive preference priority points. Applicants may apply under any, 
all, or none of the competitive preference priorities. Applicants must 
identify under Quality of the Project Design the priorities they are 
addressing in order to receive those points.
    These priorities are:
    Competitive Preference Priority 1--Rural Districts-Small and Rural 
or Rural and Low-Income. (0 or 2 points)
    The Secretary gives priority to eligible entities that include an 
LEA that satisfies the requirements of the Small Rural School 
Achievement (SRSA) program (ESEA section 5211(b)(1)(A), (B), or (C)) or 
the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program (ESEA section 
5221(b)(1)(A), (B), or (C)).

    Note: Applicants may determine whether a particular LEA is 
eligible for these programs by referring to information on the 
following Department website: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-formula-grants/rural-insular-native-achievement-programs/rural-education-achievement-program/.

    Note: An LEA includes a public charter school that operates as 
an LEA.

    Competitive Preference Priority 2--Broadly Representative 
Consortiums. (0 or 1 point)
    The Secretary gives priority to an eligible entity that is a 
consortium comprised of a broad representation of stakeholders.
    Competitive Preference Priority 3--History of Effectiveness. (0 or 
1 point)
    The Secretary gives priority to an eligible entity that is a 
consortium demonstrating a history of effectiveness.
    Competitive Preference Priority 4--Evidence-Based Activities, 
Strategies, or Interventions. (0 or 5 points)
    The Secretary gives priority to an application that is supported by 
evidence that meets the definition of promising evidence (as defined in 
this notice).
    Invitational Priority: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which 
we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this 
invitational priority a competitive or

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absolute preference over other applications.
    This priority is:
    Empowering Families With the Delivery of On-Demand Support Services 
that Meet the Unique Needs of Students.
    Projects that allow families to choose up to two service options 
that are in addition to the five required services under the FSCS 
    Definitions: The definitions of ``Community-based organization,'' 
``Eligible entity,'' ``Full-service community school,'' ``Local 
educational agency,'' ``Pipeline services,'' and ``State educational 
agency'' are from sections 4622 and 8101 of the ESEA. The definitions 
of ``Baseline,'' ``Experimental study,'' ``Nonprofit,'' ``Performance 
measure,'' ``Performance target,'' ``Project,'' ``Project component,'' 
``Promising evidence,'' ``Quasi-experimental design study,'' ``Relevant 
outcome,'' and ``What Works Clearinghouse Handbook'' are from 34 CFR 
77.1. The definition of ``School eligible for a schoolwide program'' is 
from 34 CFR 200.25(b).
    Baseline means the starting point from which performance is 
measured and targets are set.
    Community-based organization means a public or private nonprofit 
(as defined in this notice) organization of demonstrated effectiveness 
    (a) Is representative of a community or significant segments of a 
community; and
    (b) Provides educational or related services to individuals in the 
    Eligible entity means a consortium of one or more LEAs; or the 
Bureau of Indian Education; and one or more community-based 
organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private 
    Experimental study means a study that is designed to compare 
outcomes between two groups of individuals (such as students) that are 
otherwise equivalent except for their assignment to either a treatment 
group receiving a project component or a control group that does not. 
Randomized controlled trials, regression discontinuity design studies, 
and single-case design studies are the specific types of experimental 
studies that, depending on their design and implementation (e.g., 
sample attrition in randomized controlled trials and regression 
discontinuity design studies), can meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) 
standards without reservations as described in the WWC Handbooks (as 
defined in this notice):
    (a) A randomized controlled trial employs random assignment of, for 
example, students, teachers, classrooms, or schools to receive the 
project component being evaluated (the treatment group) or not to 
receive the project component (the control group).
    (b) A regression discontinuity design study assigns the project 
component being evaluated using a measured variable (e.g., assigning 
students reading below a cutoff score to tutoring or developmental 
education classes) and controls for that variable in the analysis of 
    (c) A single-case design study uses observations of a single case 
(e.g., a student eligible for a behavioral intervention) over time in 
the absence and presence of a controlled treatment manipulation to 
determine whether the outcome is systematically related to the 
    Full-service community school means a public elementary school or 
secondary school that--
    (a) Participates in a community-based effort to coordinate and 
integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other 
comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public 
and private partnerships; and
    (b) Provides access to such services in school to students, 
families, and the community, such as access during the school year 
(including before- and after-school hours and weekends), as well as 
during the summer.
    Local educational agency (LEA) means:
    (a) In General. A public board of education or other public 
authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative 
control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public 
elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, 
school district, or other political subdivision of a State, or of or 
for a combination of school districts or counties that is recognized in 
a State as an administrative agency for its public elementary schools 
or secondary schools.
    (b) Administrative Control and Direction. The term includes any 
other public institution or agency having administrative control and 
direction of a public elementary school or secondary school.
    (c) Bureau of Indian Education Schools. The term includes an 
elementary school or secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian 
Education but only to the extent that including the school makes the 
school eligible for programs for which specific eligibility is not 
provided to the school in another provision of law and the school does 
not have a student population that is smaller than the student 
population of the LEA receiving assistance under the ESEA with the 
smallest student population, except that the school shall not be 
subject to the jurisdiction of any State educational agency (as defined 
in this notice) other than the Bureau of Indian Education.
    (d) Educational Service Agencies. The term includes educational 
service agencies and consortia of those agencies.
    (e) State Educational Agency. The term includes the State 
educational agency in a State in which the State educational agency is 
the sole educational agency for all public schools.
    Nonprofit, as applied to an agency, organization, or institution, 
means that it is owned and operated by one or more corporations or 
associations whose net earnings do not benefit, and cannot lawfully 
benefit, any private shareholder or entity.
    Performance measure means any quantitative indicator, statistic, or 
metric used to gauge program or project performance.
    Performance target means a level of performance that an applicant 
would seek to meet during the course of a project or as a result of a 
    Pipeline services means a continuum of coordinated supports, 
services, and opportunities for children from birth through entry into 
and success in postsecondary education, and career attainment. Such 
services shall include, at a minimum, strategies to address through 
services or programs (including integrated student supports) the 
    (a) High-quality early childhood education programs.
    (b) High-quality school and out-of-school-time programs and 
    (c) Support for a child's transition to elementary school, from 
elementary school to middle school, from middle school to high school, 
and from high school into and through postsecondary education and into 
the workforce, including any comprehensive readiness assessment 
determined necessary.
    (d) Family and community engagement and supports,
    which may include engaging or supporting families at
    school or at home.
    (e) Activities that support postsecondary and workforce readiness, 
which may include job training, internship opportunities, and career 
    (f) Community-based support for students who have attended the 

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in the area served by the pipeline, or students who are members of the 
community, facilitating their continued connection to the community and 
success in postsecondary education and the workforce.
    (g) Social, health, nutrition, and mental health services and 
    (h) Juvenile crime prevention and rehabilitation programs.
    Project means the activity described in an application.
    Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, 
process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence 
may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of 
project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices 
for English learners and follow-on coaching for these teachers).
    Promising evidence means that there is evidence of the 
effectiveness of a key project component in improving a relevant 
outcome, based on a relevant finding from one of the following:
    (a) A practice guide prepared by WWC reporting a ``strong evidence 
base'' or ``moderate evidence base'' for the corresponding practice 
guide recommendation;
    (b) An intervention report prepared by the WWC reporting a 
``positive effect'' or ``potentially positive effect'' on a relevant 
outcome with no reporting of a ``negative effect'' or ``potentially 
negative effect'' on a relevant outcome; or
    (c) A single study assessed by the Department, as appropriate, 
    (i) Is an experimental study, a quasi-experimental design study, or 
a well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with 
statistical controls for selection bias (e.g., a study using regression 
methods to account for differences between a treatment group and a 
comparison group); and
    (ii) Includes at least one statistically significant and positive 
(i.e., favorable) effect on a relevant outcome.
    Quasi-experimental design study means a study using a design that 
attempts to approximate an experimental study by identifying a 
comparison group that is similar to the treatment group in important 
respects. This type of study, depending on design and implementation 
(e.g., establishment of baseline equivalence of the groups being 
compared), can meet WWC standards with reservations, but cannot meet 
WWC standards without reservations, as described in the WWC Handbooks.
    Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) 
the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the 
specific goals of the program.
    School eligible for a schoolwide program means any school eligible 
under 34 CFR 200.25(b) to operate a schoolwide program.
    State educational agency (SEA) means the agency primarily 
responsible for the State supervision of public elementary schools and 
secondary schools.
    What Works Clearinghouse Handbooks (WWC Handbooks) means the 
standards and procedures set forth in the WWC Standards Handbook, 
Versions 4.0 or 4.1, and WWC Procedures Handbook, Versions 4.0 or 4.1, 
or in the WWC Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 3.0 or Version 
2.1 (all incorporated by reference, see Sec.  77.2). Study findings 
eligible for review under WWC standards can meet WWC standards without 
reservations, meet WWC standards with reservations, or not meet WWC 
standards. WWC practice guides and intervention reports include 
findings from systematic reviews of evidence as described in the WWC 
Handbooks documentation.
    Application Requirements: The following requirements are from 
section 4625(a) of the ESEA. In order to receive funding, an applicant 
must include the following in its application:
    (a) A description of the eligible entity.
    (b) A memorandum of understanding among all partner entities in the 
eligible entity that will assist the eligible entity to coordinate and 
provide pipeline services and that describes the roles the partner 
entities will assume.
    (c) A description of the capacity of the eligible entity to 
coordinate and provide pipeline services at two or more full-service 
community schools.
    (d) A comprehensive plan that includes descriptions of the 
    (1) The student, family, and school community to be served, 
including demographic information.
    (2) A needs assessment that identifies the academic, physical, 
nonacademic, health, mental health, and other needs of students, 
families, and community residents.
    (3) Annual measurable performance objectives and outcomes, 
including an increase in the number and percentage of families and 
students targeted for services each year of the program, in order to 
ensure that children are--
    (i) Prepared for kindergarten;
    (ii) Achieving academically; and
    (iii) Safe, healthy, and supported by engaged parents.
    (4) Pipeline services, including existing and additional pipeline 
services, to be coordinated and provided by the eligible entity and its 
partner entities, including an explanation of--
    (i) Why such services have been selected;
    (ii) How such services will improve student academic achievement; 
    (iii) How such services will address the annual measurable 
performance objectives and outcomes described above under (d)(3).
    (5) Plans to ensure that each full-service community school site 
has a full-time coordinator of pipeline services at such school, 
including a description of the applicable funding sources, plans for 
professional development for the personnel managing, coordinating, or 
delivering pipeline services, and plans for joint utilization and 
management of school facilities.
    (6) Plans for annual evaluation based upon attainment of the 
performance objectives and outcomes described above under (d)(3).
    (7) Plans for sustaining the programs and services described in the 
application after the grant period.
    (e) An assurance that the eligible entity and its partner entities 
will focus services on schools eligible for a schoolwide program under 
section 1114(b) of the ESEA.
    Applications that do not address the application requirements are 
not eligible for funding and will not be reviewed.

    Program Authority: as amended sections 4621-4623 and 4625 of the 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 

    Note: Projects must be awarded and operated in a manner 
consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the 
U.S. Constitution and the Federal civil rights laws. Projects 
serving children with disabilities must be operated consistent with 
the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 
97, 98, and 99. (b) The 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. (d) 34 CFR 200.25.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian Tribes.

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    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $13,700,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $275,000-$500,000 for each 12-month 
budget period; $1,375,000-$2,500,000 for the entire project period.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $450,000 for each 12-month 
    Maximum Award: We will not make an award exceeding $2,500,000 for 
the entire project period.
    Minimum Award: The Secretary is prohibited by section 4625(d) of 
the ESEA from making a grant under the FSCS program in an amount that 
is less than $75,000 for each year of the grant. Therefore, we will 
reject any application that proposes an amount that is less than 
$75,000 for any budget period.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 30.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: A consortium of--
    (a)(i) One or more LEAs; or
    (ii) The Bureau of Indian Education; and
    (b) One or more community-based organizations, nonprofit 
organizations, or other public or private entities.
    A consortium must comply with the provisions governing group 
applications in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129.

    Note: If you are a nonprofit organization, under 34 CFR 75.51, 
you may demonstrate your nonprofit status by providing: (1) Proof 
that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes the applicant 
as an organization to which contributions are tax deductible under 
section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; (2) a statement from 
a State taxing body or the State attorney general certifying that 
the organization is a nonprofit organization operating within the 
State and that no part of its net earnings may lawfully benefit any 
private shareholder or individual; (3) a certified copy of the 
applicant's certificate of incorporation or similar document if it 
clearly establishes the nonprofit status of the applicant; or (4) 
any item described above if that item applies to a State or national 
parent organization, together with a statement by the State or 
parent organization that the applicant is a local nonprofit 

    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: To be eligible for an award, an 
applicant shall provide matching funds through non-Federal 
contributions, either in cash or in-kind donations. The applicant must 
propose the amount of cash or in-kind resources to be contributed for 
each year of the grant.
    The Bureau of Indian Education may meet the matching requirement 
using funds from other Federal sources.
    The Secretary does not, as a general matter, anticipate waiving the 
matching requirement in the future. Furthermore, given the importance 
of matching funds to the long-term success of the project, eligible 
entities must identify appropriate matching funds in the proposed 
    b. Supplement not Supplant: This program is subject to supplement-
not-supplant funding requirements. Grantees must use FSCS grant funds 
to supplement, and not supplant, any other Federal, State, and local 
funds that would otherwise have been available to carry out activities 
authorized under section 4625 of the ESEA.
    c. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This program uses a restricted 
indirect cost rate. For more information regarding indirect costs, or 
to obtain a negotiated indirect cost rate, please see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/intro.html.
    d. Administrative Cost Limitation: This program does not include 
any program-specific limitation on administrative expenses. All 
administrative expenses must be reasonable and necessary and conform to 
Cost Principles described in 2 CFR part 200 subpart E of the Uniform 
    3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award 
subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities 
described in its application.
    4. Planning: Interagency collaborative efforts are highly complex 
undertakings that require extensive planning and communication among 
partners and key stakeholders. Partnerships should be based on 
identified needs and organized around a set of mutually defined results 
and outcomes. Under section 4625(c) of the ESEA, applicants under this 
program may not use more than 10 percent of the total amount of grant 
funds for planning purposes during the first year of the grant. Funding 
received by grantees during the remainder of the project period must be 
devoted to program implementation.
    5. Use of Funds: Under section 4625(e) of the ESEA, grantees must 
use FSCS grant funds to: (1) Coordinate not less than three existing 
pipeline services, as of the date their grants are awarded, and provide 
not less than two additional pipeline services, at two or more public 
elementary schools or secondary schools; (2) to the extent practicable, 
integrate multiple pipeline services into a comprehensive and 
coordinated continuum to achieve the annual measurable performance 
objectives and outcomes under section 4625(a)(4)(C) of the ESEA to meet 
the holistic needs of children; and (3) if applicable, coordinate and 
integrate services provided by community-based organizations and 
government agencies with services provided by specialized instructional 
support personnel.
    6. Evaluation: Under section 4625(g) of the ESEA, grantees must 
conduct an annual evaluation of their project's progress in meeting the 
purpose of the FSCS program set out in section 4621(2) of the ESEA and 
use those evaluations to refine and improve activities carried out 
under the grant and the annual measurable performance objectives and 
outcomes in section 4625(a)(4)(C) of the ESEA. Grantees must make the 
results of their annual evaluation publicly available, including by 
providing public notice of the availability of such results.

    Note: Nothing in section 4625 of the ESEA shall be construed to 
alter or otherwise affect the rights, remedies, and procedures 
afforded school or LEA employees under Federal, State, or local laws 
(including applicable regulations or court orders) under the terms 
of collective bargaining agreements, memoranda of understanding, or 
other agreements between such employees and their employers.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: For information on how to 
submit an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for 
Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, 
published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and 
available at www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which contains requirements and information on how to submit 
an application.
    2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of 
projects that may be proposed in applications for the FSCS program, 
your application may include business information that you consider 
proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11, we define ``business information'' and 
describe the process we use in determining whether any of that 
information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under 
Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as 
    Because we plan to make successful applications available to the 
public, you may wish to request confidentiality of business 

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    Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your 
application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure 
under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your 
application, under ``Other Attachments Form,'' please list the page 
number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional 
information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c).
    3. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this competition.
    4. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    5. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, 
the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the 
application narrative to no more than 150 pages and (2) use the 
following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial.
    The recommended page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the 
budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the 
assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the resumes, 
the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, the recommended 
page limit does apply to all of the application narrative.
    6. Notice of Intent to Apply: The Department will be able to 
develop a more efficient process for reviewing grant applications if it 
has a better understanding of the number of entities that intend to 
apply for funding under this competition. Therefore, the Secretary 
strongly encourages each potential applicant to notify the Department 
of the applicant's intent to submit an application for funding by 
sending a short email message indicating the applicant's intent to 
submit an application for funding. The email need not include 
information regarding the content of the proposed application, only the 
applicant's intent to submit it. This email notification should be sent 
to [email protected] with ``INTENT TO APPLY'' in the subject line by February 
1, 2021. Applicants that do not notify us of their intent to apply may 
still apply for funding.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 75.210. The maximum score for all of the selection 
criteria is 100 points. The maximum score for each criterion is 
included in parentheses following the title of the specific selection 
criterion. Each criterion also includes the factors that reviewers will 
consider in determining the extent to which an applicant meets the 
    Points awarded under these selection criteria are in addition to 
any points an applicant earns under the competitive preference 
priorities in this notice. The maximum score that an application may 
receive under the competitive preference priorities and the selection 
criteria is 109 points.
    The selection criteria are as follows:
    (a) Quality of the Project Design (up to 25 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed 
project. In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers--
    (1) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable.
    (2) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is 
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target 
population or other identified needs.
    (b) Quality of the Project Services (up to 25 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the services to be provided 
by the proposed project. In determining the quality of project 
services, the Secretary considers the quality and sufficiency of 
strategies for ensuring equal access and treatment for eligible project 
participants who are members of groups that have traditionally been 
underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or 
disability. In addition, the Secretary considers the following--
    (1) The likely impact of the services to be provided by the 
proposed project on the intended recipients of those services.
    (2) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed 
project involve the collaboration of appropriate partners for 
maximizing the effectiveness of project services.
    (c) Adequacy of Resources (up to 15 points).
    The Secretary considers the adequacy of resources for the proposed 
project. In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors--
    (1) The relevance and demonstrated commitment of each partner in 
the proposed project to the implementation and success of the project.
    (2) The extent to which the costs are reasonable in relation to the 
number of persons to be served and to the anticipated results and 
    (d) Quality of the Management Plan (up to 20 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project. In determining the quality of the management plan for 
the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors--
    (1) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks.
    (2) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are 
appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed 
    (e) Quality of the Project Evaluation (up to 15 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be 
conducted of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the 
evaluation, the Secretary considers the following factors--
    (1) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, 
feasible, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the 
proposed project.
    (2) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use 
of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the 
intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and 
qualitative data to the extent possible.
    (3) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide 
valid and reliable performance data on relevant outcomes.
    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
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funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant 
conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant 
failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of 
unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.205, before awarding grants under this competition the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
3474.10, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, in 
appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the 
applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of 
unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system 
that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not 
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not 
    4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this 
competition to receive an award that over the course of the project 
period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$250,000), under 2 CFR 200.206(a)(2), we must make a judgment about 
your integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under 
Federal awards--that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant--before 
we make an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about 
you that is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred 
to as the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may 
review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal 
agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS.
    Please note that, if the total value of your currently active 
grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the 
Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity 
information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal 
funds you receive exceed $10,000,000.
    5. In General: In accordance with the Office of Management and 
Budget's guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal 
laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department of Education will 
review and consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice 
inviting applications in accordance with the following:
     Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in 
delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective 
process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR 200.205);
     Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and 
video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 
of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) (2 
CFR 200.216);
     Promoting the freedom of speech and religious liberty in 
alignment with Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (E.O. 13798) 
and Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at 
Colleges and Universities (E.O. 13864) (2 CFR 200.300, 200.303, 
200.339, and 200.341);
     Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to 
maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United 
States (2 CFR 200.322); and
     Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest 
extent authorized by law if an award no longer effectuates the program 
goals or agency priorities (2 CFR 200.340).

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, 
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you 
are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to 
openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in 
part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of 
modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those 
modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent 
that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or 
other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. 
Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant 
funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. 
This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your 
application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional 
information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multiyear award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    (c) Under 34 CFR 75.250(b), the Secretary may provide a grantee 
with additional funding for data collection analysis and reporting. In 
this case the Secretary establishes a data collection period.
    5. Performance Measures: We have established one performance 
measure for the FSCS program: The percentage and number of individuals 
targeted for services and who receive services during each year of the 
project period.
    6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 
75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: Whether a grantee 
has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of 
the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is 
consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the 
Secretary has established performance measurement

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requirements, the performance targets in the grantee's approved 
    In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities 
can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an 
accessible format. The Department will provide the requestor with an 
accessible format that may include Rich Text Format (RTF) or text 
format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3 file, braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc, or other accessible format.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
the site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

Frank T. Brogan,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2021-00725 Filed 1-14-21; 8:45 am]