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The SEED grant program provides funding to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based preparation, development, and enhancement opportunities. This competition includes two absolute priorities, two competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority. The two absolute priorities are 1) Supporting teachers through projects designed to increase their effectiveness, and 2) Supporting principals or school leaders through projects designed to increase their effectiveness. Competitive Preference Priorities are 1) Promoting Diversity in the Educator Workforce, and 2) Support for Personalized Learning Environments. The program includes an invitational priority that provides funding for projects that support teachers, principals, and school leaders in achieving micro-credentials that build mastery of relevant competencies. Projects must use strategies based on promising evidence.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are academic institutions and national nonprofits. Nonprofits must have demonstrated success in raising academic success, graduation rates, and college enrollment or a demonstrated track record of enhancing the professional development of teachers and school leaders.

Eligible institutions of higher education and eligible national nonprofit organizations can apply in partnership with a for-profit entity. Award recipients may contract with local education agencies, and public and private entities to implement the project.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jun 23, 2017
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Apr 20, 2017
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
# of Awards
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
A recorded version of a webinar for the grant is available at
Match Required?
Match Notes
Applicants must provide 25 percent of the project cost, but applicants may request a waiver based on financial need.
U.S. Department of Education, Department of Innovation and Improvement
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Previous Awardees include:
Center for Civic Education (Calabasas, California)
The New Teacher Project (Brooklyn, NY)
Criterion Education (Washington, DC)
Further Information
Richard Wilson
(202) 453-6709
Link to Further Information
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