FY 2020 Ready To Learn Grant Competition

FY 2020 Ready to Learn Programming Competition Announcement

On March 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register the Notice Inviting Applications  to the Ready to Learn Programming competition.

On May 7, 2020, a notice (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/07/2020-09799/extension-of-the-application-deadline-date-applications-for-new-awards-ready-to-learn-programming) was published extending the application deadline by one month, from May 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020.  The notice has also extended the deadline for the Notice of Intent to Apply and Intergovernmental Review.

 Call for Peer Reviewers

We are seeking reviewers for the RTL competition. Persons who are not involved in an application to the competition may volunteer to be a peer reviewer. We are seeking individuals with expertise in early learning, children’s media and technology, and educational research. Please read the “Call for Peer Reviewers” for additional details on how to apply here.

Timeline for the FY 2020 Ready to Learn Competition

As a consequence of the extension notice published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2020, the following deadlines are now in effect:

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: May 15, 2020

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 15, 2020

Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 14, 2020

Application Materials for the Ready to Learn Competition

Applicants to Ready to Learn will apply electronically using Workspace in Grants.gov. Please consult the instructions in the Ready to Learn Application Package.

Please note that Grants.gov has relaxed the requirement for applicants to have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to apply for funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.  An applicant that does not have an active SAM registration can still register with Grants.gov, but must contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll-free, at 1-800-518-4726, in order to take advantage of the flexibility.

Who May Apply

 Only public telecommunications entities may apply. As defined in the NIA, public telecommunications entity means any enterprise which (a) is a public broadcast station or a noncommercial telecommunications entity; and (b) disseminates public telecommunications services to the public. Please consult the NIA for additional eligibility requirements.

Notice of Intent to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Department of intent to submit an application for funding under the Ready to Learn Programming competition. Please note that an entity that submits a notice of intent to apply is not obligated to apply for an RTL grant, nor is it bound to the information provided in its notice of intent to apply. The requested deadline for the Notice of Intent to Apply is May 15, 2020: Applicants may use this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WFHQXT

Alternatively, applicants may send an e-mail to ReadytoLearn@ed.gov indicating the name of the public telecommunications entity that intends to apply, the invitational priority that will be addressed, and the names of the key partners in the proposed project.

Pre-Application Informational Recording

 Ready to Learn staff have prepared this webinar recording to help potential applicants understand the Notice Inviting Applications and Application Package: Webinar recording/PowerPoint.


This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document  is intended to address some of the most commonly asked questions about the RTL competition. This list of FAQs may be periodically updated before the deadline. If you have additional questions, please send an e-mail to Readytolearn@ed.gov. However, Ready to Learn staff cannot answer questions that are particular to a specific application.