Added some terms and edited a few.
- Under the term – “Authorized Agent”
- In absence of the Superintendent, a designee may sign the application, in blue ink, submitting written evidence of the governing board approval.
- Additional details have been provided on charter schools and charter school districts.
- Timely and meaningful consultation has been added regarding private schools.
Eligibility and Priorities
- Applicant considering using the Alternate Method of Demonstrating Low Income population must include a copy of the CDE approval with their application.
- Jointly submitted applications must check the box on the Cover Page and clearly list the name of at least one LEA and one CBO/Public or Private Entity.
- The CDE will not provide funding to serve more students than are enrolled at a school site.
- Grant applicants that are not in Good Standing (as of March 3, 2014) will have 15 points deducted from the application score. This will apply to all schools listed in the application.
- A sections for Point Reductions and Disqualifications were added.
- A section for Reading and Scoring has been added was added.
- The grant applications will be assigned to readers, taking into consideration any conflicts of interest.
- Applications will be scored independently and will not be bundled.
- Applications written or submitted by the same eligible agencies, organizations, consortia or other entities may receive varying scores and cannot be appealed.
- Original signatures must be in blue ink. Electronic signatures will not be accepted. Signatures from designees will only be accepted with a copy of the board authorization and an Authorized Designee Form.
- Public Notice – A copy of the public notice must be submitted in the application, otherwise will have a 2 point reduction of their application score.
- Collaborative Signatures page limit reduced to 3 pages.
- Core Application Narrative – 17 page maximum for applications requesting less than $2 million for ASSETS and $1.2 million for 21st CCLC, and 20 page maximum for applications requesting $2 million or more for ASSETs and $1.2 million for 21st CCLC. The page limit does not include required forms produced by ASSIST.
- The elements in the Core Application Narrative have been re-organized and an 8th Section – Budget and Cost Effectiveness is added. Budget narrative is now a part of the Core Application Narrative in this section
- More details regarding consultation with private schools are included.
- Rubric was changed from previous cohorts.
- Point totals have changed from 100 to 132 points.
- Scoring Rubric – The headings of the scoring rubric have changed. They now say “Outstanding”, “Comprehensive”, “Adequate”, and “Minimal”.
- Program Elements
- Academic Assistance – Career exploration added to required items
- Collaboration and Partnerships
- Explanation opportunities for programs in rural areas added
- Explanation on how attachments are to be used as supportive documentation
- Budget and Cost Effectiveness
- New section
- This section was added, because sample forms are not provided in RFA.
- Scoring rubrics for both Equitable Access and Family Literacy grants have changed.
- Total Points for both Equitable Access and Family Literacy grants changed from 4 points to 12 points.
- Application Package Checklist – Some new forms listed and forms marked with an asterisk are available and required to be completed via ASSIST.
- Disqualification Form – Revised and gives specific reasons for an application to be disqualified. This form must be signed by the Authorized Agent/ Designee.
- Point Reduction Form – This is a new form and gives specific reasons for point reductions. This form must be signed by the Authorized Agent/ Designee.
- Authorized Designee Form – This is a new form and must be submitted along with governing board approval if using an authorized designee.
- ASSIST Forms – Samples are not included in the RFA. Applicants must obtain forms via ASSIST.