SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 131
August 8, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Literacy Challenge Fund Grant Application|
This is to announce the distribution of subgrant applications for funds available from the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (TLCF). TLCF is intended to assist with integration of technology into teaching and learning to ensure that all students are technologically literate by the 21st century. The Department of Education has developed a competitive award process to award 70 subgrants to school divisions that propose creative, high-quality training programs to improve teaching and learning through proficiency in use of technology. Divisions will be required to serve as fiscal agents for use of the funds. Grant amounts will range from $30,000 to $46,000, dependent upon the amount requested and recommendation of the evaluation committee. Funds may be used to provide training opportunities for administrators, teachers, library media specialists or other staff, and for purchase of software to support the training. In accordance with federal TLCF requirements, four categories based upon the percentage of students in poverty in a school division are used to determine distribution of the subgrants. The percentage of students in poverty (Poverty Index *) and category will be preprinted on each division's subgrant application cover sheet. The four categories and number of awards available are as follows: Category I. Seven (7) subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage of students in poverty index between 3.95 and 10.43. Category II. Twelve (12) subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage of students in poverty index between 10.44 and 16.75. Category III. Twenty-One (21) subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage of students in poverty index between 16.76 and 23.44. Category IV. Thirty (30) subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage of students in poverty index between 23.45 and 42.41. The application consists of two parts. The first part includes an introduction providing information about the grant, instructions for completion of the application, and an appendix of relevant documents; the second part is the application packet that includes a cover page and narrative, budget, project assurance and equitable access, and participation description sheets. These subgrants are provided through the United States Department of Education; therefore it is important that school divisions take special note of all federal requirements that are specified for local educational agencies. This information is included in both the instructions and application packet. Interested school divisions should plan to submit a subgrant application by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 1997 to Division of Technology, 25th Floor, Virginia Department of Education, 101 North 14th Street, James Monroe Building, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Award announcements will be made on or before October 30, 1997. Projects must be completed by September 30, 1998. If you have any questions about the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant or the application process, please call Lan Neugent, Director of Instruction Media and Training, at (804) 786-2260. RTL:ln Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. * Sources: Virginia Department of Education. Fall Membership, 1996. U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census Poverty Data, 1997.