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Elementary and Secondary Relief Grant - Digital Equity

Grants to Illinois LEAs to Support
Digital Teaching and Learning

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Conf. Date:

07/23/20

LOI Date:

08/01/20

Deadline Date:

08/14/20 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Illinois Local Education Agencies and charter schools to support digital learning and teaching. Applicants must submit a preliminary survey prior to submitting a full proposal. Grant funds may be used for technology services, devices, and software as well as for home internet connectivity solutions. Funding is intended to reduce barriers to online education.

The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity RFP is to assist school districts in closing the Digital Divide and enabling digital-age teaching and learning. School districts may use funds to provide students with technology tools and home internet access necessary for technology-rich remote learning experiences. The Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity RFP is a one-time grant opportunity that utilizes Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist districts in reducing barriers to the continuity of education by addressing the technology and home connectivity needs.

Program Objectives:

  1. Provide equitable access to devices and high-speed internet outside of school to enable student learning.
  2. Equip students with the necessary resources to increase knowledge, skills, and opportunities in a remote environment.
  3. Support all students, including, but not limited to, students with disabilities, ELs, and students from low-income families.

Allowable Expenditures:

  1. Technology Devices and Required Software: Grant fund recipients may use funds to support:
    • Technology devices needed to deliver and participate in digital learning (e.g., the purchase or lease of devices, peripherals, cases, adapters, assistive technology for students with disabilities as determined by Individualized Education Program teams, etc.).
    • Technology software required to facilitate device usage (e.g., the purchase, license, or subscription of management tools, content filtering, and accessibility features for students with disabilities).
    • Technology services required to configure and deploy new devices (e.g., consultants or purchased services needed to deploy devices).
  2. Home Connectivity: Grant fund recipients may use funds to support home connectivity for remote learning, including the purchase of cellular Wi-Fi hotspots and connected devices. While length of contracts can extend beyond the grant window, grant funds will only pay for connectivity during the grant period. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191390

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$80,092,677

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can apply for funds in one or both of the following categories: home connectivity and devices. Each category has an approximate maximum fund amount:
1) Connectivity = $14,639,907
2) Devices = $65,452,770

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than August 14, 2020, and will extend from the execution date of the grant until June 30, 2021. No promise or undertaking made in this NOFO/RFP is an assurance that a grant agreement will be renewed, nor does this NOFO/RFP create any right to or expectation of renewal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Illinois Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEA’s and have an EBF Final Percent of Adequacy level of 70% or lower are eligible to apply.

Grant may not subsidize or supplant staff salaries.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020-2021 Illinois School District Technology Survey reporting will take place from July 6, 2020, to August 1, 2020. Applicants must complete the Illinois School District Technology Survey at https://ltcillinois.tfaforms.net/7. All surveys will be evaluated by the Learning Technology Center (LTC), and all survey responses must be approved by the LTC prior to submitting the grant application. Applicants will be notified upon approval. If not approved, applicants will be contacted to schedule a review call.

Applications for the Elementary and Secondary Relief – Digital Equity Grant are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, August 14​, 2020.

All grantees must be registered with the State of Illinois. See https://grants.illinois.gov/portal.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or federal or state awarding agency that is exempt from those requirements under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c) or has an exception approved by the federal or state awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to:
- Be registered in SAM before submitting its application. If you are not registered in SAM, you may do so at
https://www.sam.gov/SAM/
- Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active
federal, federal pass-through, or state award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal or state awarding agency.
- Provide a valid DUNS number in its application https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

Technical Assistance Webinar Recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1934555933157339906
IWAS Training Video: https://sec.isbe.net/iwas/htm/help_video.shtm
Pre-Award Requirements: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/grantee/pages/default.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications online through IWAS: https://sec.isbe.net/iwas/asp/login.asp?js=true

For more information on this NOFO/RFP, contact:
Erich Grauke, Principal Consultant & E-Rate Coordinator​
Email: egrauke@isbe.net
Phone: (217) 782-0354

For questions about the Illinois School District Technology Survey, please email support@ltcillinois.org.

CFDA Number:

84.425D

Funding or Pin Number:

586-43-2427

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois

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