Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

Elementary And Secondary Education Resources

U.S. Department of Education

The Department of Education offers 3 types of grants: 


Grants Process

Elementary & Secondary Education Act

Table of Contents


Title I – Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated By Local Educational Agencies

  • Aims to bridge the gap between low-income students and other students
  • Allocates supplemental funding to local school districts to meet the needs of at-risk and low-income students
  • Provides (annually) $14 billion to school systems for students at risk of failure and living at or near poverty
  • Improves curriculum, instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, increase staff and program improvement



Title II: Preparing, Training, And Recruiting High Quality Teachers And Principals

  • Provides grants to state and local educational agencies, state agencies for higher education, and eligible partnerships
  • Increases Student Academic Achievement
  • Holds local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement


Title III: Language Instruction For Limited English Proficient And Immigrant Students

  • Provides a major source of federal funding targeted to enhance the academic achievement of K-12 students who are either limited English proficient (LEP) or recent immigrants


Title IV - Part A: Safe And Drug Free Schools And Communities

  • Provides support to state educational agencies (SEAs) for a variety of drug abuse and violence prevention activities focused primarily on school-age youths
  • SEAs are required to distribute 93% of funds to local education agencies (LEAs) for drug-abuse and violence-prevention activities authorized under the statute
  • School-Based Student Drug Testing Programs
    • Awards grants to LEAs and other public and private entities to develop and implement, or expand, school-based drug testing programs for students


Title IV - Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers

  • Supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.


Title V: Promoting Informed Parental Choice And Innovative Programs

  • Provides a continuing source of innovation and educational improvement, including support programs to provide library services and instructional and media materials.
  • Develops and implements education programs to improve school, student, and teacher performance, including professional development activities and class size reduction programs.


Title V – Part B: Public Charter Schools

  • Provides financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools
  • Expands the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation
  • Encourages States to provide support to charter schools for facilities financing in an amount more nearly commensurate to the amount the States have typically provided for traditional public schools


Title V – Part C: Magnet School Assistance

  • Eliminates, reduces or prevents minority group isolation in elementary schools and secondary schools with substantial proportions of minority students and assists in the efforts to achieve voluntary desegregation
  • Implements magnet school programs that will assist local educational agencies in achieving systemic reforms and provides all students the opportunity to meet challenging State academic content standards
  • Strengthens the knowledge of academic subjects and the attainment of tangible and marketable vocational, technological, and professional skills of students


Title V – Part D: Fund For The Improvement Of Education

Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

The HEOA was enacted in August 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.  The HEOA makes a number of changes to programs authorized under the HEA, authorizes new programs, and makes changes to other laws. 

Federal TRIO Programs

  • Federally funded educational outreach programs that motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds – including students with disabilities in successfully pursuing postsecondary degrees.
  • Serves nearly 760,000 students nationwide.
  • Includes pre-college programs focused on young learners and serve and assist progress through the academic pipeline from kindergarten through graduation.

Upward Bound

  • An intensive intervention program that prepares students for higher education through enrichment courses.
  • Provides students instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science, and foreign language.
    • 77.2% of Upward Bound participants immediately enrolled in college following  graduation.
    • Surrounding Colleges and Universities with this Upward Bound:
    • Coastal Bend College
    • Texas A&M University – Kingsville
    • Texas State Technical College – Harlingen
    • University of Texas – Brownsville


Upward Bound 

  • Assists students in a rigorous math and science curriculum in high school to encourage and enable students to successfully major in critically important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines in college.
  • Surrounding Colleges and Universities with Upward Bound Math-Science:
    • Texas A&M University – Kingsville
    • University of Texas – Brownsville
  • 86.5% of students who participated in UBMS programs went directly to college after graduation


Talent Search

  • Focuses on early intervention, working with students deemed to have “college potential” in grades 6-12. 
  • Helps students receive information about college admissions, scholarships, and various student financial aid programs.
  • Surrounding Colleges and Universities with Talent Search:
    • Coastal Bend College
    • Texas A&M University – Kingsville
    • Texas State Technical College – Harlingen
    • University of Texas - Brownsville

College Access Challenge Grant Program


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

  • Provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools
  • Increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education
  • Serves an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follows the cohort through high school
  • Eligible Organizations:
    • Institutions of Higher Education (IHE)
    • Local Education Agencies (LEAs)
    • State Education Agencies (SEAs)

Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act

Education for Homeless Children & Youth (EHCY)

  • Helps ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, including public preschool education that is provided to other children and youth
  • Only federal program that focuses exclusively on homeless children & youth

Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

  • IDEA Formula Grants
    • Aids states in providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities ages 3 – 21
  • IDEA Discretionary Grants  
    • Provides funds to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technology and personnel development



  • A White House Initiative
    • Upgrade connectivity
    • Encourage private-sector innovation
  • Aims to connect 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology
  • Financial support from Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon totaling more than $750 million

Blue Ribbon School Award Program

  • Recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement
  • Application Timeline

Green Ribbon Schools Award Program

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award honors schools and districts that are:

  • Exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs
  • Improving the health and wellness of students and staff
  • Providing effective environmental and sustainability education
  • Eligibility
  • FAQs
  • Performance
  • Resources
  • Contacts


President’s Education Awards Program

  • Provides individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education to students whose efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence
  • Graduating elementary, middle, and high school students

White House Initiatives

Federal Communications Commission

  • The E-rate program is a discounted telecommunications program designed to ensure that schools and libraries obtain telecommunications and Internet access at affordable rates.
  • Administered by the FCC and the partnered with the Universal Service Administrative Company.
  • Eligible Organizations:
    • Schools
    • Libraries
    • Non-instructional Facility (NIF)
    • Non-traditional Elementary & Secondary Education
    • Educational Service Agencies (ESA)

U.S. Department of Labor

Workforce Investment Act

  • Authorizes today’s federal youth employment & job training programs
  • Provides youth with educational and employment opportunities, access to leadership development and community service activities

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Head Start

    • Promotes school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families
    • Enhances cognitive, social and emotional development
    • Provides comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families
    • Includes health, nutrition and social services
    • The Office of Head Start (OHS) awards grants to public and private agencies on a competitive basis 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security



U.S. Office of Personnel Management

    • Internship Program
      • Eligible Students
        • Current students in an accredited high school, college
        • Professional, technical, vocational, and trade school students

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National School Lunch Program

USDA U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Department of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


U.S. Department of Energy

Partners with:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Kids Next Door 
Where kids can learn more about being good citizens


U.S. Department of Interior

U.S. Department of Justice


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Department of the Treasury


Internal Revenue Service 
Tax Credits for Teachers

  • $250 Educator Expense Deduction
    • Educators can deduct up to $250 you paid or incurred for books, supplies, computer equipment, other equipment, and supplementary materials that you use in the classroom.
    • American Opportunity Tax Credit
    • Modifies the existing Hope Credit by making it more available to a broader range of taxpayers while also adding required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allowing the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education instead of two.


U.S. Mint

History in Your Pocket – Kids Page

National Aeronautics Space Administration

National Archives

National Science Foundation

Classroom Resources

Partners with:

    Education Network 

National Endowment for the Humanities

  • One of the largest funders of humanities programs in the U.S.
  • Promotes excellence in the humanities and conveys the lessons of history to all Americans
  • Grants
  • Partners with Humanities Texas

Humanities Texas

    • Conducts & supports public programs in History, Literature, Philosophy, and other humanities disciplines
    • Outstanding Teaching Awards
      • $5,000 available for the teacher and $500 for their school
    • Free workshops available
      • Lodging included
    • Offers traveling Exhibitions covering a variety of historical events in multiple languages


National Endowment for the Arts

Partners with:

National Gallery of Art

Institute of Museum & Library Services

  • Eligible Organizations:
    • Any museum or library that incorporates their learning plan into a grant application
  • Purpose:
    • To reward individual programs at institutions that pursue learning, literacy and education in the informal learning spaces
  • Grants

Library of Congress

Social Security Administration

Kids and Families 
Parents’ Place 
Kids’ Place 

Smithsonian Institution

National Postal Museum
A safe place to learn and play

More Information on Seeking Federal Grants

Seeking Federal Grants


Outside Resources

National Education Association

Issues and Action

Tools and Ideas

Grants and Events


American Federation of Teachers

Tools for Teachers


The School Superintendent Association

Policy & Advocacy 
Leadership Development 
Programs & Events 
Children’s Programs


Texas State Teachers Association

  • The Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) is a professional education organization with chapters all over Texas. 
  • Affiliated with the National Education Association
  • TSTA serves several important purposes:
    • To educate future teachers on Texas legislation
    • Advocate for changes in laws, new testing methods, and improved communication


Grants for Non-Profits

Michigan State University Library

Foundation Centre

  • Provides a searchable process of international, national, and local organizations and companies that support a variety of activities and programs
  • Offers a Get Started section to help begin the application process and answer frequently asked questions
  • Features a Find Funders page to search possible sources as well as a section to track funding trends


Reach Out & Read

Discovery Education


National Geographic


Grants Alert

“Our number one goal at is to make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching foreducation grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.” 
Foundations Grants 
Grants by State (Texas)

National Boys & Men of Color Institute

National Compadres Network

  • Mission: Strengthen, rebalance, and/or redevelop the traditional "Compadre" extended family system by encouraging and supporting the positive involvement of Latino males as fathers, sons, grandfathers, brothers, compadres, partners, and mentors in their families and community
  • Increasing positive male Latino support and influence will reduce the incidence of substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, teen pregnancy, gang violence, and other family and community problems

United Nations
Cyber School Bus


Quizzes + Games


Training on Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the largest cause of death for children in school
  • Texas Project ADAM provides training at no cost on the use of an AED
  • Provides Texas schools with the necessary tools and education to plan, fund and develop their public access defibrillation (PAD) program



FY 15 Budget

  • President Obama released his budget proposal for the entire government for FY 15 at the beginning of March
  • ConnectEDucators:
    • Proposes $200 million to prepare & support teachers’ work to integrate digital learning into the classroom
  • Preschool for All 
    • Invest $75 billion over 10 years to create new partnerships with states and provide high-quality preschool to more communities
    • Provide $750 million in complementary discretionary funds to help states strengthen their early learning systems


U.S. Department of Education

  • 7% of educational funding comes from the federal government.
    • The remaining 93% comes from the state and local governments
  • For FY14:
    • $71 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education
    • An increase of 4.5% over the FY2013 pre-sequester level