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Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

Please check back from more information regarding the next allocation of Title IV A funds for Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants.

Title IV A grants for personalized learning awarded May 2018

Please see the program description and application below. Applications were due April 13, 2018.



President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December 2015, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA reflects the civil rights tradition of ESEA, which reflects our nation’s longstanding commitment to equity of opportunity for all students. 1 The new law has a clear goal of ensuring our education system prepares every child to graduate from high school ready to thrive in college and careers. The ESEA includes a number of provisions that promote equitable access to educational opportunity, including holding all students to high academic standards, ensuring meaningful action is taken to improve the lowest-performing schools and schools with underperforming student groups, and providing more children with access to high-quality preschool. As we work to improve education outcomes for students the ultimate goal is to provide all students—regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity, religion, family income, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, language status, gender, or migrant status—with a high-quality education.

Newly authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help meet these goals by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to:

  • provide all students with access to a well-rounded education,
  • improve school conditions for student learning, and
  • improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. (ESEA section 4101).

The NH DOE has been allocated $1,940,000 for its Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant for FY17.

  • Ninety-five percent of those funds ($1,843,000) will be available to LEAs through a competitive process, as allowed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Pub. L 115-31).
  • One percent of the funds ($19,400) will be used by the NH DOE to support the administration and monitoring of the grant.
  • Four percent of the funds ($77,600) will be used by the NH DOE to support LEAs in their efforts to improve personalized learning environments and teaching conditions and ensuring learning experiences are augmented with technology and rich in digital literacy.

Round 1: Robotics Education

One of the targeted uses of Title IV Part A federal grant funds is to improve student academic achievement, including robotics and STEM initiatives. To this end, a request for proposals (RFP) was issued in Fall 2017 and in December 2017 a total of $756,000 was awarded to 50 schools to establish or expand programs in robotics, computer science, and engineering.

Round 2: Personalized Learning

NH has established in our ESSA state plan that we will utilize Title IV-A funds to support evidence-based practices that support personalized educational experiences in the following areas:

  • Robotics and STEM initiatives
  • Arts-based learning strategies
  • Civics education
  • Personalized educational experiences
  • Career pathways
  • Dual-enrollment programs
  • Multi-tiered system of support for behavior and wellness
  • Integration of digital tools and technology

The remaining $1,087,000 for LEA competition will be allocated as follows:

  • Small grants: A portion of the funds will be used to issue smaller grants ($10,000 - $29,999) for program improvements with a primary focus in one of the three areas:
    • Well-rounded education.
    • Student wellness.
    • Effective use of technology.
  • Large grants: A portion will be used to issue larger grants (greater than $30,000) to support the design and implementation of an integrated approach to address the three areas.

All awardees may be asked to participate in a state-level program to share the results of local grant programs.

For more information regarding allowable uses of Title IV-A funds, please refer to the guidance provided by the US Department of Education (link below).

Round 2 Timeline:

  • A full RFP for this round will be posted on this page on February 12, 2018.
  • Applications will be due on April 13, 2018.
  • Awards will be announced on May 11, 2018.
  • Funds will be expendable until September 30, 2019.

Program Contacts

Title IV-A Program -

Well-rounded Education

Student Wellness

Effective Use of Technology

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