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School Improvement Grant

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

The School Improvement Grant (SIG) provides funding to help local educational agencies (LEAs) address the needs of schools in improvement, corrective action, and restructuring to improve student achievement. In conjunction with funds reserved under Section 1003(a) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), SIGs are to be used to leverage change and improve technical assistance under sections 1116 and 1117 of Title I, Part A of the ESEA through LEAs targeting activities toward measurable outcomes as described on this page. Expected results from the use of these funds include improving student proficiency, increasing the numbers of schools that make adequate yearly progress, using data to inform decisions, and creating a system of continuous feedback and improvement.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria LEAs with schools identified as being among the 5% of persistently lowest-performing schools are eligible to apply for this funding. California has developed a list of these schools from criteria that the state has established that is based on federal guidance. The list of eligible LEAs and schools is available at
Other Eligibility Considerations Depending on funding availability, LEAs with schools that are in Program Improvement but are not identified as among the 5% of persistently lowest-performing schools may also be eligible for funding under certain conditions.
Eligible Grade Level(s) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority AB 185 (Ch. 221, Statutes of 2010), Budget Item 6110-134-0890(3) and (4)
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2009-10
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 3180, 3181 / 8290
Total Available $415,844,376
Recipient Amount $50,000 min./$2,000,000 max. per funded school, per year.
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Funding is based on approved cost projections for implementing specific funding requirements provided by the LEA. The state reserves the right to adjust funding from LEA cost projections based on the state's analysis of the LEA's actual implementation costs. The LEA's award will be comprised of 84.6% American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 funds (Resource Code 3181) and 15.4% non-ARRA funds (Resource Code 3180).

Important Dates

Date Application Available June 24, 2010
Due Date July 2, 2010
Expected Notification Date August 2, 2010

Additional Information

Application RFA: School Improvement Grant  []
Background School Improvement Grant  []
Fiscal Unavailable
Other Unavailable


Program Leigh Ann Sabicer-Chadha, 916-319-0322,
Fiscal Kevin Donnelly, 916-324-3278,
Division Improvement & Accountability Division, 916-319-0833 (phone), 916-319-0123 (fax)
Last Modified: May 1, 2017
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