State or Federal?
The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) provides grants to local educational agencies to support magnet schools under an approved, required, or voluntary desegregation plan. The MSAP seeks to increase racial integration and promote academic opportunity and excellence. Grantees must use grant funds for activities intended to improve students’ academic achievement, including acquiring books, materials, technology, and equipment to support a rigorous, theme-based academic program; conducting planning and promotional activities; providing professional development opportunities for teachers to implement the academic program; paying the salaries of effective teachers and other instructional personnel; and transportation. Applicants are encouraged to generate evidence of promising practices by proposing projects supported by prior evidence and/or to propose rigorous evaluations as an element of their proposed projects.
Eligible Entities
K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are local education agencies (LEAs) or consortia of LEAs implementing a desegregation plan. Private schools are not eligible to apply.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Apr 11, 2017
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 13, 2016
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
# of Awards
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
An optional webinar is expected to be scheduled for this program. Information regarding this Webinar will be provided on the MSAP Web site at http:// options/magnet-school-assistance- program-msap/. A recording of this Webinar will be available on the Web site following the session.
Match Required?
U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Estimated number of awards is 23-30.

Competitive priority will be given to projects that:
Increase racial integration and socioeconomic diversity
Carry out new evidence-based magnet school programs
Select students by such methods as lottery rather than through academic merit

Evaluation criteria include:
Quality of desegregation-related activities
Quality of project design
Quality of management plan
Quality of personnel
Quality of project evaluation
Additional Notes
Previous grantees include:
San Diego Unified School District
New Haven Public School System
New York City Community School District
Further Information
Jennifer Todd
(202) 453-7200

The full announcement in the online version of the federal register is available at
Link to Further Information
Edit Priority Level