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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
August 27, 2018

Dear Select County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

2018 Request for Applications: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Competitive Grant Program is now available. The SSAE program is authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (Federal Catalog Number 84.424A). The purpose of the SSAE grant is to encourage and support eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) or consortia of LEAs, including charter schools, to increase capacity to:

  • Provide all students with access to well-rounded educational opportunities;
  • Support safe and healthy students; and
  • Support the effective use of technology.

LEAs or consortia of LEAs may apply for one or all of the above categories. Additionally, the 2018–19 California State Budget Act (Senate Bill 840, Chapter 29) allocated $44,080,000 to be available through the 2018–19 fiscal year for this purpose. The bill also requires the CDE to prioritize the awards to applications that enhance visual and performing arts education or will utilize these funds as part of a comprehensive strategy to expand access to physical and mental health care. The RFA is available on the CDE SSAE Program web page at

In order to be eligible to be awarded a subgrant under the SSAE program, applicants must be an LEA or a consortium of LEAs that received a grant under Title I, Part A of ESEA in the 2017–18 fiscal year. The list of eligible LEAs is available on the CDE Title I, Part A Funding Results web page at

The CDE shall issue approximately $4 million in grants, based upon merit, to each of the 11 California County Superintendents Educational Service Association service regions to provide statewide geographical diversity. Applications submitted by an LEA or a consortium of LEAs shall be for $500,000 or more. Applications requesting less than $500,000 will be rejected during the technical review and will not advance to the Reader Conference. In order to maximize the use of the SSAE program resources, an LEA or consortium of LEAs may partner with an institution of higher education, business, nonprofit organization, community-based organization, or other public or private entity with a demonstrated record of success in implementing activities supported by this program.

The grant period will be nine months. The duration of the project will be January 1, 2019, through September 30, 2019. The CDE is requesting a Tydings Amendment Waiver (no-cost extension) from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for the federal funds allocated for fiscal year 2017–18 (ED Award No. S424A170005). If the waiver is accepted by ED, grantees will be provided the opportunity to submit a request to the CDE for an extension beyond September 30, 2019, and a carryover of any unspent funds. If the CDE grants the request, a new Grant Award Notification that reflects the additional time will be issued.

Interested applicants are required to submit the SSAE Program Intent to Submit an Application Form, available on the CDE SSAE RFA web page at, to the CDE Educator Excellence and Equity Division by 5 p.m. on September 12, 2018, via email or fax. Submitting this form does not require an organization to submit an application; however, an application will not be accepted unless the form was submitted and received by the CDE on time.

All applicants must submit a complete application, including all required components, to the Educator Excellence and Equity Division by 5 p.m. on October 17, 2018. Incomplete, late, or incorrectly formatted applications will not be scored or considered for approval. Applicants are urged to use express, certified, or registered mail. Transmissions by email or fax will not be accepted.

A technical assistance webinar in regard to the SSAE RFA, letter of intent, and other program requirements will take place on August 28, 2018. For additional information, please see the CDE SSAE Program web page at

If you have any questions regarding this RFA, please contact Julia Agostinelli or Joy Kessel, Education Programs Consultants, Educator Excellence and Equity Division, by phone at 916-322-9503 or by email at


Tom Torlakson


Last Reviewed: Monday, August 27, 2018

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