Funding and Legislation


Included in the chart below is the amount of funding per fiscal year for new awards under both TSL and TIF in recent years. The TIF program will sunset as of FY 2021, and all program funds will then be used for grantees under the TSL Program.

FY 2020 $63,673,531

Funding Year Appropriation for New Awards
FY 2020 $63,673,531
FY 2019 $6,100,019
FY 2017 $95,888,300


The Teacher and School Leader Incentive Fund (TSL) program was established by Sections 2211-2213 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as reauthorized on December 10, 2015, by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The TSL program replaces the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program previously authorized in P.L. 109-149 — the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, Title V, Part D. To download and read TSL’s Authorizing legislation please visit Part B, Subpart 1 of the ESSA Law.