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Who May Apply: (by category) local educational agencies (LEAs); national not-for-profit organizations; consortia of the previously mentioned organizations and/or agencies.

Who May Apply: (specifically) an applicant must be one of the following:

  1. a high-need LEA (as defined in the NIA);
  2. an National not-for-profit (NNP) (as defined in the NIA) that serves children and students within the attendance boundaries of one or more high-need LEAs;
  3. a consortium of high-need LEAs; or
  4. The Bureau of Indian Education.

In addition, to be considered for an award under this competition, an applicant must coordinate with school libraries in developing project proposals.

A national not-for-profit organization that applies for an IAL grant is required to submit documentation of its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status with the grant application.

To determine the eligibility of an LEA, we use the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for school districts for the most recent income year. A list of LEAs by State with family poverty rates (based on the SAIPE data) is posted below.

Some LEAs such as some charter school LEAs, State-administered schools, and regional education service agencies are not included in the SAIPE data for school districts. In such cases, LEA eligibility is based on a determination by the State educational agency (SEA), consistent with the manner in which the SEA determines the LEA’s eligibility for the Title I allocations, that 20 percent of the students aged 5-17 in the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line. Applicants must submit documentation from the State certifying official verifying that the SEA has determined this eligibility requirement is met for each LEA not listed in the SAIPE data.

Last Modified: 04/17/2018