Applicant Info and Eligibility (Archive)

Page Updates

  • April 17, 2020 – Updated with FY’20 TSL FAQs
  • April 30, 2020 – Updated with FY’20 Webinar TSL Pre-Application Webinar Recording
  • May 4, 2020 – Updated with FY’20 TSL Pre-Application Webinar Slides and Follow-up responses to webinar questions
  • May 22, 2020 – Updated with new Budget Worksheet and Budget Narrative template

FY 2020 TSL Notice Inviting Applications

Posted in the Federal Register on April 3, 2020 PDF | HTML

Grant Opportunity and Application Package (

More information about this grant opportunity is located on at the following address: The application instructions and required forms can be accessed and downloaded from this location.

FY 2020 TSL Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) Document

FY 2020 TSL Competition Timeline

  • Pre-Application Webinar: Monday, April 27, 2020 from 2:00pm EDT – 3:30pm EDT
  • Intent to Apply: May 4, 2020
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: The FY 2020 TSL grant program application submission period closes on June 2, 2020.
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 3, 2020

Pre-Application Webinar

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT, the U.S. Department of Education held a pre-application webinar for the FY’20 TSL competition. You may listen to the recording of the pre-application webinar at the following link: Recording | Webinar Slides.

During the FY’20 TSL Pre-Application webinar, a number of questions were asked that required follow-up. One of the questions asked for the difference between subgrantees and contracts. The following documents provide follow-up answers to questions that were raised during the webinar: FY’20 Pre-Application Webinar FAQs | Summary of Differences Between Subgrantees and Contractors chart.

Application Package Instructions

You may download the application instructions from the following link:

  • Please note this is an electronic copy of the application package instructions for you to download and use as a guide only.
  • Applicants should refer to the office TSL NIA published in the Federal Register for official application instructions.
  • This application package also contains instructions on submission.

Required Application Forms

Please Note: The following forms are required as part of an applicant’s submission. You will be able to access these forms at the following location: on

  • ED Form 424–Application for Federal Education Assistance (Form and Instructions)
  • ED Form 524–Budget Information, Non-Construction Programs
  • ED Form 524–Instructions
  • Standard Form 424B–Assurances, Non-Construction Programs
  • Lobbying Form; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements
  • Standard Form LLL–Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
  • Required Response to Section 427 of GEPA

Optional Budget Worksheet and Budget Narrative Template

Recently the Office of Management Budget (OMB) approved a new budget worksheet and budget narrative template for use by TSL applicants and grantees. Since the new template was not yet approved for use at the time the FY’20 TSL NIA and application instructions were released, applicants for this competition are not required to use it in their proposal submissions but are encouraged to as it will be used throughout the life of grant, if awarded. If used for this competition, please note that the new budget worksheet and narrative template eliminates the requirement to submit the ED 524 budget information form.

New EED Applicant Grantee Budget Worksheet Instructions (PDF)

New EED Applicant Grantee Budget Worksheet Form (MS Excel)


Who May Apply: (by category) (a) Local educational agencies (LEAs); including charter schools that are LEAs; (b) States (SEAs) that apply with one or more LEAs; (c) Nonprofit organizations that apply in partnership with one or more LEAs or an LEA and State.

In order to be considered for funding for FY 2020 TSL competition, an applicant that is eligible to apply based on its entity classification (e.g., the applicant is a local educational agency (LEA) or nonprofit organization) must meet the absolute priority and requirements set forth in the NIA.

Peer Review Panel Member Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is seeking expert peer reviewers for the Fiscal Year 2020 competition for the Teacher and School Leader (TSL) program. We invite individuals with backgrounds or expertise in Human capital decision making; Teacher quality; Data management and analysis; Performance-based compensation; Educational policy; Working with students from low-income families; Teaching/school leadership; and/or Program evaluation to apply for consideration. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer for the FY 2020 TSL competition, please use this link to access the interest questionnaire and send a copy of your resume to