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 Title 1 Section 1003 School Improvement Grants


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Title I, Part A, Section 1003 School Improvement Grants

The Title I, Part A, Section 1003(a) School Improvement Grants provide financial resources to lo​cal educational agencies (LEA) on behalf of Title I schools identified as Comprehensive Support and Improv​ement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools. This grant is awarded to support implementation of school improvem​ent plans required ​by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and Georgia's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) approved by the United States Department of Education.
  • ​​​Funds are awarded to districts on behalf of the identified schools. Though the LEA acts as the fiscal agent, 1003 funds su​pport the identified school(s).
  • Funds are utilized to support goals/priorities identified in the schools' improvement plans. 
  • Funds must be expended in alignment with the reporting, monitoring, and level of evidence as defined by ESSA.
  • Interventions supported with Section 1003 School Improvement funds must be based on strong, moderate, or promising evidence of a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes, as defined in ESEA section 8101(21)(A)(i).

Graduates Ready to Attain Success in Postsecondary (GRASP) Student Transition Support Grant

The Graduates Ready to Attain Success in Postsecondary (GRASP) Student Transition Support Grant aims to support selected elementary, middle, and high schools as they work to increase student success in transitioning to middle and high scho​ol to promote postgraduate success. 

The GRASP Student Transition Support grant provides an opportunity for current GRASP cohorts and their feeder middle school(s) and elementary schools to support transition programs between elementary, middle, and high school levels for at-risk students to achieve academic success. Grant amounts are up to $100,000 per approved a​pplicant, pending grant funding.

The maximum grant period is July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, subject to the continued availability of funds and the grantee meeting all outlined requirements. All goods and services must be received and activities, and purchases for this grant must be expended by June 30, 2022. GaDOE reserves the right to replicate, adapt, and publish materials developed with funding from the grant.

Eligible Applicants:
Eligible applicants must be local education agencies (LEAs) that received GRASP Grant awards in the current school year. Individual schools applying for the grant will not be considered.

The deadline for submission is Friday, April 15, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST. The application must be submitted on or before the deadline to GRASP Transition Grant Application.

GRASP Transition G​rant Application
​Appendix A GRASP Student Transition Support Assurances
Appendix B GRASP Support Grant Budget Template
​GRASP Grant Scoring Tool​​

To receive Section 1003 School Improvement funds, an LEA will: 

  • ​Develop a district plan of support for each school identified for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement for which the LEA receives school improvement funds
  • Ensure that all identified schools have conducted comprehensive needs assessments to create school improvement plans
  • Monitor schools receiving funds under ESEA Section 1003 
  • Recruit, screen, select, and evaluate any external partners using a rigorous review process
  • Align other federal, state, and local resources to carry out the activities supported with school improvement funds 
  • Modify practices and policies to provide flexibility that enables effective implementation of comprehensive or targeted support and improvement plans, as appropriate
  • Engage in ongoing efforts to examine the effects of interventions purchased with 1003 funds.
The LEA superintendent certifies that each of the statements below concerning the use of funds allocated through the Title I, Part A, 1003 School Improvement Grants are true and correct. Section 1003 School Improvement funds will be used to support the following:
  • ​Improved student achievement in the target areas and subgroups to be addressed regarding status as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school
  • Costs directly associated with schools developing required school improvement plans; the school is awarded the funds and the principal with the leadership team will create the budget and justification of expenses with the support of a Georgia Department of Education school effectiveness specialist
  • Specific content areas and/or subgroups to be addressed regarding status as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement or Targeted Support and Improvement school and the degree that a direct connection between the budget and the areas of need must be evident
  • Instruction or to support instruction
  • Personnel services and benefits that are non-recurring, since the funds are for a period of one year

Funding Allocations

As federal appropriations allow, the Georgia Department of Education will award the Section 1003 School Improvement funds allotments below for each category of federal identified schools:

Category

Minimum 1003 Allotment

CSI – Lowest 5% or former TSI schools

$150,000.00​

CSI – Graduation Rate below 67%; only identification

$75,000.00

CSI – Alternative Education schools

$75,000.00

CSI – Promise Schools – Lowest 5.1%-10%

$20,000.00

TSI – Consistently underperforming subgroup in 50% of CCRPI Components

$75,000.00

ATSI – Consistently underperforming subgroup in all CCRPI components

$100,000.00

​Evidence-Based Interventions

Interventions supported with Section 1003 School Improvement funds must be based on strong, moderate, or​ promising evidence of a statistically significant effect on improving student ​outcomes or other relevant outcomes, as defined in ESEA section 8101(21)(A)(i).

Click here​ ​for steps on how to identify needs.

Click here for steps on how to select evidence-based interventions.
 
For information on FY22 School Improvement Grants Funding, visit the Process Guides webpage.  

 Contact Information

Shawn Keim
Division Program Manager 
Phone: 404-272-8796
​Email: ​skeim@doe.k12.ga.us