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CFDA Number: 84.370A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: D.C. School Choice Program




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CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS

The Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) provides low-income students residing in the District of Columbia (DC) an opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend a DC private school of their parents’ choice. The OSP was established in 2004 under the DC School Choice Incentive Act of 2003 (School Choice Incentive Act) (Title III of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004; P.L. 108-199 Stat. 3 (2004)). In 2011, Congress reauthorized the OSP under the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act (SOAR Act, Division C of the P.L. 112-10). The closing date for receipt of new applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 grant awards is 4:30:00 PM, Washington DC time, April 24, 2015.

To be eligible for an OSP grant, an entity must be either a nonprofit organization or a consortium of nonprofit organizations.

We are seeking peer reviewers with experience in administration of scholarship and school voucher programs and practices; Federal grant budget and financial analysis; and/or topics specifically relevant to students in the District of Columbia, especially in the context of private schools.

REQUIREMENTS: Peer reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for grant applications submitted to the U. S. Department of Education under the OSP program. Expectations for peer reviewers selected are:

  • The application review will be conducted electronically from the reviewer's location.
  • The reviewer must have access to the Internet, a phone, a printer and have the ability to interact within a web-based environment.
  • The reviewer must be available to participate in an orientation session by conference call prior to evaluating the applications and participate in conference calls during the application review, typically a four week review period.
  • The reviewer must provide detailed, objective, constructive, and timely written reviews for each assigned application.
  • These reviews will be used to recommend applications for funding.

IF INTERESTED: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer for the OSP grant competition, please e-mail a copy of your current résumé or vitae to dcosp2015@ed.gov. The deadline is Friday, May 22, 2015.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Please remember that if your organization intends to apply for a grant under the fore mentioned competition, you may not be eligible to serve as a reviewer. As a reviewer you will have a conflict of interest if:

  • You helped prepare an application, regardless of financial interest in the success or failure of that application;
  • You have agreed to serve, or if you have been offered a position, as an employee, advisor or consultant on the project; or
  • Your personal financial interests will be affected by the outcome of the competition, which would include any family members, employees or associates of the project applying for funding.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: For more information about the OSP program, please visit the program website at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/dcchoice/applicant.html.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The D.C. School Choice Incentive Program provides low-income parents residing in the District of Columbia (District) with expanded options for the education of their children. This program is part of a broader school improvement effort in the District that is founded on the belief that all education sectors (public schools, public charter schools, and nonpublic schools) can offer quality education experiences for the District's students, and that those students who are the most economically disadvantaged have the least access to such experiences. One grant was awarded on a competitive basis to establish a scholarship program to provide eligible students with expanded school choice options. These scholarships enable students to attend a participating nonpublic District elementary or secondary school of their choice.

Additional Information

The DC School Choice Incentive Program provides low-income parents residing in the District of Columbia (District) with expanded options for the education of their children. One or more grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants to establish a scholarship program to provide eligible students with expanded school choice options. Students who are residents of the District and who come from households whose income does not exceed 185 percent of the poverty line are eligible to apply for scholarships from a grantee under this program. These scholarships may be used to pay the tuition and fees and transportation expenses, if any, to enable students to attend the participating District private elementary or secondary school of their choice.


 
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Last Modified: 05/20/2015