DoEd Releases Striving Readers Grants

Agency: Education Dept. (Office of Postsecondary Education); Program: Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program (CFDA Number: 84.371C) (Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-051617-001); Eligibility: State education agencies; Funding: $190 million for 10 awards (no match is required); Deadline: July 17.

Summary: ┬áThe Striving Readers grants aim to raise middle and high school students’ literacy levels in Title I-eligible schools with significant numbers of underperforming students and build a strong, scientific research base for identifying and replicating strategies that improve adolescent literacy skills. For this competition, the program has two competitive priorities where applicants can receive up to an additional five points, depending on how well their application meets one or both of these priorities. The first competitive priority seeks programs serving disadvantaged children.

Under this priority, an SEA must describe in its application a high-quality plan to award subgrants that will serve the greatest numbers or percentages of disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners and children with disabilities.

The second competitive priority will award those offering programs that align within a birth through fifth grade continuum. Under this priority, an SEA must describe a high-quality plan to align early language and literacy projects with programs and systems that serve students in kindergarten through grade five to improve school readiness and transitions for children across this continuum.

The program last competed in FY 2011, when it distributed $10 million for six awards.

Info: (NOFA); Julius Cotton, 202/245-6140, or

Program Manager Cindy Savage,, telephone: (202) 453-5998.

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