Funding and Legislation

Included in the chart below is the amount of funding per fiscal year since 2011.

Fiscal Year (FY) Appropriations for new and continuation awards
FY 2018 $75,000,000
FY 2017 $65,000,000
FY 2016* $93,993,200
FY 2015* $54,046,090
FY 2014* $46,996,600
FY 2013* $35,067,454
FY 2012* $36,888,601
FY 2011* $24,592,860

*Funding was available for two fiscal years and may have been awarded in the year after it was appropriated.


The U.S. Secretary of Education is authorized to award grants for this program under section 2242 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (20 U.S.C. 6672).