The Texas Education Agency (TEA) administers both state and federal grants that support a variety of programs to benefit public education. Depending on their funding source and purpose, these grants are available either on a formula entitlement basis to public school districts and open enrollment charter schools or on a competitive discretionary basis to public school districts, open enrollment charter schools, education service centers, colleges and universities, and private and public nonprofit organizations.
Applications for formula entitlement programs are provided for each school district and open enrollment charter school in preparation for the subsequent school year. Information about all formula grants is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website. Applications and related information are also posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website. Most of the applications for formula programs must be completed online through TEA's eGrants system. A few formula grants require a paper application, which may be downloaded from the TEA website.
Competitive Grants/Requests for Applications
The Agency announces funding opportunities for competitive discretionary grants through a letter that briefly describes the program to be funded, the program requirements, and the procedures for downloading a complete copy of the Request for Application (RFA) or for applying through TEA's eGrants system. This announcement letter is available to all eligible applicants via the TEA Correspondence website at TEA Correspondence for school districts, charter schools, and education service centers. The announcement letter is also generally mailed to the designated head of other eligible entities, such as colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, and city and county governments, where appropriate. The addressee is then responsible for forwarding the information to the appropriate person in the organization.
Publication in the Texas Register
In addition to the announcement letter and the online posting, TEA publishes a notice in the Texas Register announcing all opportunities for competitive discretionary grants through the Agency. This state periodical is published every Friday and can be found in most public libraries and education service centers, many colleges or universities, or by mail subscription from the Office of the Secretary of State, 1019 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701, (512) 463-5561 or (800) 226-7199. FAX number is (512) 463-5569. It is also available free on the web at www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg.
Requests for Applications (RFA)
RFAs and the incorporated SAS (application) are available either through the traditional paper method or through TEA's eGrants system.
If the RFA/SAS is available only through the traditional paper method, the RFA/SAS, a PDF copy of the Program Guidelines, General and Fiscal Guidelines, instructions for completing the SAS schedules, and the schedules may be downloaded from the TEA Grant Opportunities website. The paper application may be downloaded in MS Word, completed and submitted on paper by the deadline date.
If the RFA/SAS is available only through TEA's eGrants system, the grant documents may be downloaded from TEA Grant Opportunities for review, and then the application completed via the eGrants system. All applicants and users of the eGrants system must have a TEASE (TEA Secure Environment) username and password.
Some grants are available directly from the federal government and are not administered through TEA. Comprehensive information on federal grants can be found in the Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and updated with loose-leaf additions. This catalogue describes all federal programs that distribute funds to states, local school districts, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and individuals. The CFDA is available on the web as a searchable document at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/101097.
All federal grant opportunities are also published in the Federal Register, which is issued every weekday by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Federal Register is also available free on the web at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.