Applicant Information — School Improvement Fund

State Applications, Definitions, and Waivers

For more information on the state education agency (SEA) applications, waivers, and allocations of each SIG grantee, please refer to the School Turnaround State Information Map


State Applications:

  • New FY 2015 and 2016 Application Cover Letter PDF (54K)
  • New FY 2015 and 2016 Application (New and Continuation) MS WORD (318K)
  • FY 2014 School Improvement Grant (SIG) Application (New and Continuation) MS WORD (247K)
  • FY 2013 School Improvement Grant (SIG) Application (New and Continuation) MS WORD (247K)


FY 2015 Application:
The FY 2015 SIG application should be used only by SEAs that will make new awards. New awards are defined as an award of SIG funds to an local education agency (LEA) for a school that the LEA was not previously approved to serve with SIG funds in the school year for which funds are being awarded—in this case, the 2015–2016 school year. New three-year awards may be made with the FY 2015 funds or any unobligated SIG funds from previous competitions not already committed to grants made in earlier competitions. Those SEAs using FY 2015 funds solely for continuation purposes are required to complete only the “Continuation Awards Only Application” for FY 2015 School Improvement Grants Program located at the end of this application. 


Electronic Submission:
The Department strongly prefers to receive an SEA’s FY 2015 and FY 2016 SIG application electronically. The application should be sent as a Microsoft Word document, not as a PDF.

The SEA should submit its FY 2015 and FY 2016 application to its individual state mailbox address at (OSS.[State]

In addition, the SEA must submit a paper copy of the cover page signed by the SEA’s authorized representative to the address listed below under “Paper Submission.”

Paper Submission:
If an SEA is not able to submit the SIG application electronically, it may submit the original and two copies of the application to the following address:

Michael Wells, Group Leader
Office of State Support, OESE
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW, Room 3W103
Washington, DC 20202-6132

Due to potential delays in government processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, SEAs are encouraged to use alternate carriers for paper submissions.

Application Deadline:
Applications are due on or before (May 27, 2016).


Implementing the Final Requirements—January 21, 2010 PDF (1.7M)

School Improvement Grants—January 23, 2010 PDF (1.7M)

These power points summarize the key provisions of Title I school improvement grants authorized under section 1003(g) with a focus on State educational agency and local education agency responsibilities.



The Handbook on Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants was developed by the Content Centers of the U.S. Department of Education’s Comprehensive Centers network. The Handbook provides practical information, suggestions, and resources to States, districts and schools implementing Title I School Improvement Grants. It can be downloaded for free at: