Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Grants Program (FDS)


School Choice and Improvement Programs

Discretionary/Competitive Grants

What’s New

New awards were made in 2023 and announced on October 19, 2023. The list of 2023 grantees are posted on the Awards page.

About FDS

The Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Grants Program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs), consortia of LEAs, or one or more LEAs in partnership with a state educational agency (SEA) to develop or implement and make publicly available as a resource for other LEAs and SEAs, school diversity plans that improve school conditions for student learning by supporting voluntary efforts to increase school socioeconomic diversity in preschool through grade 12.

The Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Grants Program is intended to help build the capacity of LEAs to meet the needs of students, including academic, social, emotional, and mental health by increasing access to and equity in diverse and inclusive learning environments.  This program is being established with funds from the two percent reservation for technical assistance and capacity building under section 4103(a)(3) of the ESEA, which is designed to support States and LEAs in carrying out activities authorized under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program in title IV, part A of the ESEA, including activities that support access to a well-rounded education and activities that support safe and healthy students and their overall and academic well-being.

Contact Information

  • Gillian Boyer-Cohen
    Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Grant Program
    Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington D.C. 20202