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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
RFP #GC24-008

Learning Technology Grant Application

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Legislative Authority

Commissioner’s Regulations Section 144.8

Purpose of Grant

To develop, implement, and share innovative programs that utilize learning technologies to personalize learning and/or increase access to high-quality, rigorous learning experiences (such as through online, distance, or blended learning), as well as professional development programs to assist teachers and educational leaders in effectively utilizing learning technology to enhance teaching and learning. These programs (and component activities, materials, courses, etc.) will focus on improving culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments, and will support the mission of the NYS Board of Regents, which is to ensure that every child has equitable access to the highest quality educational opportunities, services and supports in schools that provide effective instruction aligned to the state’s standards, as well as positive learning environments so that each child is prepared for success in college, career, and citizenship.

Project Period

The grant period is 2.5 years from January 1, 2025, to June 30, 2027. A budget for Year One only (1/1/25 to 6/30/25) must be submitted with this application, together with a 2.5 year budget summary. Funding beyond Year One will be contingent upon the State Legislature appropriating funds, satisfactory performance in the previous year, and timely receipt of the annual report. No extension or carryover of funds from year to year is allowed.

Eligible Applicants

Public school districts and consortia of districts or district(s) and BOCES. (Charter Schools are not eligible to apply.)

  • New York City proposals must be submitted by a Community School District (CSD), either as an individual CSD or as part of a consortium of two (2) or more CSDs.
  • Big Four public school districts (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers) must apply individually.
  • Rest of State (ROS) Consortia may be comprised of two or more districts and/or at least one district and at least one BOCES.
  • BOCES may submit a proposal as part of a consortium with at least one district. BOCES are not eligible to apply for an individual award.
  • Consortia cannot be comprised of only BOCES. Consortia can be comprised of multiple BOCES if at least one district is also a member of the consortium.
  • All Consortium proposals must be submitted by the Consortium Lead. Consortium leads may be districts or BOCES. Consortium leads must play an active role in the program proposal; leads may not act solely as a flow-through for grant funds.
  • All public school district applicants, either individual district applications or as part of a Consortium, must give Religious and Independent Schools within their boundaries the opportunity to participate. Religious and Independent Schools choosing to participate must be given the opportunity for meaningful and substantial involvement in the development of the proposal. See Mandatory Requirements section for more information.
  • Maximum number of proposals:
    • Each New York City Community School District may submit one (1) application either individually or as part of a consortium with other Community School Districts.
    • Each Big Four District may submit two (2) applications. They may receive one award of $200,000.
    • ROS Districts may submit one (1) application, either individually or as part of a consortium with other districts and/or BOCES. Districts located in different regions may form a consortium. The proposal will be scored based upon the region of the lead applicant.
    • BOCES may submit one (1) proposal, as part of a consortium with another district(s) and/or district(s) and BOCES.
  • Preference, in the form of bonus points, shall be given to proposals submitted by a District or a Consortium that includes:
    • One or more districts designated a Target District, or one or more districts with at least one school identified as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School.
    • A District classified as a rural district.
    • A District serving a high percentage of English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners (ELL/MLL) students, students with disabilities, or economically disadvantaged students.

    A Consortium may only receive bonus points once for each category, even if more than one consortium district qualifies for a category.

    Bonus points are cumulative. An applicant may qualify for up to 12 bonus points. See page 16 for additional details.

Amount of Funding

$3,285,000 is expected to be allocated annually. Funds will be divided into three categories: New York City; the Big Four (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers) public school districts; and those from all other public school districts and BOCES in the Rest of State (ROS).

Funding beyond Year One will be contingent upon the State Legislature appropriating funds.

Please see the Funding and Awards section of this RFP for additional information.

M/WBE Requirement

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Participation Goals Pursuant to Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law for this grant is 30% of each applicant’s total discretionary non-personal service budget each year of the grant. See the M/WBE Participation Goals section and Appendix E for further information and forms for completion.

Application Due Date

A complete electronic application in Microsoft Word (.docx) or portable document format (.pdf) must be sent to RFPGC24-008@nysed.gov by August 13, 2024. The FS-10 may be submitted electronically in Excel as a separate document. Applicants must also mail the original signed FS-10 budget. These materials must be postmarked by the application deadline, August 13, 2024.

Mailing address for the FS-10:

New York State Education Department
Office of Educational Design & Technology
89 Washington Avenue
Room 860 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
Attn: John Brock, Learning Technology Grant Application

Important Dates for Awarding Grants

Applications must be postmarked by:

August 13, 2024

Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification:
Fall 2024

Project Period:

January 1, 2025,
to June 30, 2027

Questions and Answers

All questions must be submitted by email to RFPGC24-008@nysed.gov by close of business July 16, 2024. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted here no later than close of business, July 30, 2024.

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to submit an application for this grant. The NOI due date is August 6, 2024. Please send the NOI to RFPGC24-008@nysed.gov

SED Contacts

Program Matters:
 John Brock

Fiscal Matters:
Danielle Ebert

M/WBE Matters:
Brian Hackett

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Last Updated: July 2, 2024