Federal and State Education Initiatives

AVID is designed to help students who have aptitude but are not achieving to their potential. AVID increases the likelihood that a young person who comes from a low-income family will graduate from high school and go on to enroll in and complete a four-year college degree program.

Federal and state education initiatives are excellent vehicles for funding the AVID College Readiness System in your K-12 school district and at your postsecondary institution. Initiative competitions are announced throughout the year, and announcement websites should be checked regularly.

See the following link for information on upcoming Federal Grant Opportunities:

U.S Department of Education Funding Opportunities Forecast

State Initiatives - K-12 and Higher Education

Each state has its own programs and initiatives to fund education. To research current public funding in your state, go to: http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html?src=In.  Links for each state have extensive resources for all education initiatives K-16.

Federal Funding K-12 – Title Funds

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a United States federal statute enacted April 11, 1965. The current reauthorization of ESEA is the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, named and proposed by President George W. Bush.

What’s in a Title? – Brief description of funding specifics for each of the five Title levels

A 2011 survey of AVID District Directors showed that school districts used Title funds as follows:

  • Title I:   53% (49 of 91 responses)
  • Title II:  49% (45 of 91 responses)
  • Title III:   3%  (3 of 91 responses)
  • Title IV:    0%
  • Title V:     1% (1 of 91 responses)

Details on how districts used Title funds to support AVID can be found in this Survey Summary.

Federal Funding K-12 - Initiatives





Advanced Placement Incentive Program increases participation of low-income students in both pre-AP and AP courses and tests.
It is anticipated that Congress will appropriate even funding for this program in 2013; no new grantees will be funded.

Gear Up


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html
Last competition: July 14, 2011



High School Graduation Initiative (a.k.a. Dropout Prevention Program) supports dropout prevention and re-entry programs that challenge at-risk students to attain their highest academic potential in high schools with low graduation rates. 
Last deadline: July 28, 2010



Investing In Innovation Fund expands innovative, effective practices for improving student achievement or student growth in high-need areas, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment rates.
Last deadline: October 23, 2012



Magnet Schools Assistance Program establishes magnet schools to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority group isolation; to provide students with opportunities to achieve challenging academic standards; to implement practices that promote diversity and increase choice; to develop capacity through professional development; and to strengthen students’ knowledge of academic subjects and marketable skills. 
New competition expected in early 2013



Race To The Top supports states and school districts to implement 1) rigorous, college-ready standards and assessments;  2) use of data to improve instruction and decision-making;  3) systems to recruit, retain, train and support effective teachers and principals; and  4) interventions to turn around the lowest performing schools. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html
Expanded to include: District-level grants, Early learning Challenge Grants, College Affordability and Completion Grants.



School Improvement Grant 1003g (a.k.a. School Turnaround Grant)supports the lowest performing schools (priority schools, bottom 5%) in each state.  States make competitive sub-grants to school districts to implement rigorous interventions to turn the schools around, using effective, targeted strategies to focus on the students with the greatest needs. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html



Smaller Learning Communities supports the implementation of SLCs and activities to improve student academic achievement in large public high schools with enrollments of 1,000 or more students. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/slcp/index.html
Not funded in 2011.



Teacher Incentive Fund improves teaching and school leadership; offers greater professional opportunities; rewards success with differentiated pay based on effectiveness; informs decisions on staffing, compensation, and tenure; and creates career ladders that help keep talent in schools with the greatest need.  A separate TIF funding competition centers on improving STEM instruction.

Upward Bound


Upward Bound projects are funded to support high school students from low-incomes families, first generation military veterans and first generation college students (neither parent has a four-year degree) as they prepare for college.   All Upward Bound projects provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language, and individual and group interactions.  Potential Grantees are Institutions of Higher Education, public and private agencies or organizations, a combination of those, and in exceptional cases, secondary schools.

ESEA Flexibility Waivers


Flexibility in Exchange for Smart Reforms - States are applying for ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Flexibility Waivers in exchange for a commitment, along with funding, to advance comprehensive reforms. For example,  States and school districts will have new flexibility to use Title I funds  (previously reserved for supplemental educational services, public school choice, and professional development) to support locally determined, rigorous interventions in schools.http://www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility

21st Century CLCs


21st Century Community Learning Centers This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html