Who May Apply: (specifically) Local education agencies (LEAs) in which at least 20 percent of students served are from families with incomes below the poverty line may apply. Outlying areas (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are eligible for funds under a set-aside.
Applicants must complete and submit the following eligibility form using the upload field described as "other" when uploading the application to Grants.gov.
- Applicant Eligibility Form MS WORD (41K)
For concerns or questions regarding LEA eligibility for the LSL program, please contact your State Title I coordinator.
- State Title I Coordinator Directory MS WORD Updated January 2011 (54K)
The following data (based on the 2009 census) are for the 2011 competition.
Family Poverty Rates
Please select from the chart below to view the districts in each state.
Eligibility for Competitive Preference
Who May Receive Competitive Preference Points: Five additional points will be awarded to applicants that propose to serve at least one school designated by the State as a “persistently lowest-achieving school” for the purpose of using LSL funds to help facilitate the Secretary's priority of turning around persistently lowest-achieving schools.
Persistently Lowest-achieving Schools
This following table links to the area of the School Improvement Fund Web site that contains the corresponding Application and Definition of Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by School Improvement Grant applicants.
Note: If a State is not listed on this page, no report is available at this time.
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