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Grants to South Carolina School Districts to Support the Academic and Career Needs of Students with Academic Deficiencies

Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) Preparing College- and Career-Ready Graduates Grant

GrantWatch ID# 178941
Agency: State

Funding Source
South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: South Carolina

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to South Carolina school districts for the implementation of evidence-based models and strategies that address the career and academic development needs of students with academic deficiencies. Priority will be given to alternative school programs and for learning activities that take place during summer intersessions. Funding may be used for both in-school and after-school activities that reduce the dropout rate, increase the high school graduation rate, and prepare students for the next grade level and for post-graduation.

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has set aside EEDA funds for the Preparing College- and Career-Ready Graduates Competitive Grants so that, upon completing high school,  students with academic deficiencies will meet the criteria defined in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate codified by the General Assembly in Act 195 (2016).

The SCDE has established four competitive priorities for the 2023–24 funding cycle:

  • Priority 1—Alternative School Programs: Ten (10) competitive priority points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve a specific cohort of students participating in alternative school programs approved by the SCDE. The cohort served must be comprised of students who have been assigned to the Alternative School Program for a minimum of one semester.
  • Priority 2—One Intersession Period: Five (5) competitive priority points will be awarded to applications that propose to provide at least three weeks of learning activities for one summer intersession period (either pre-school year, July–August, period or post-school year, May–June, period).
  • Priority 3—Both Intersession Periods: Ten (10) competitive priority points will be awarded to applications that propose to provide at least three weeks of learning activities during both summer intersession periods (pre-school year, July–August and post-school year, May–June).
  • Priority 4 – Target population: Five (5) competitive priority points will be awarded to applications that propose to serve a cohort that is equal to or greater than 40% of the total student population.

For further information about the program and for allowable activities, see pp. 5-7 of the Request for Proposals listed in Supporting Documents below.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are school districts proposing to serve students in grades 3–12 who are at risk. A student who is at risk is any student who, because of his or her individual needs, requires temporary or ongoing interventions to achieve in school and to graduate with meaningful options for his or her future.

A district may submit one or more applications that propose to serve a cohort of students in grades 3–12 attending elementary, middle, junior high, and/or high schools. School districts with sites that currently receive EEDA grants funds may apply for funding to operate projects at new sites. However, priority will be given to school districts that currently do not receive funds or are not scheduled to receive continuation funds for 2023–24. Districts may propose to serve up to three schools per application.

Unauthorized and unallowable activities include:
- The renovation or construction of facilities,
- Overnight field trips,
- Incentives or stipends for students,
- Purchase of clothing,
- Purchase of vehicles,
- Support for political or religious activities,
- Purchases of electronics and equipment with a value of $1,000 or more per unit without prior approval, and
- Subgranting components of the project to outside vendors.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Technical Assistance Webinar:

The SCDE’s Office of Student Intervention Services will offer a technical assistance webinar via Adobe Connect on February 7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to assist eligible applicants in understanding this RFP and how to apply for this grant. No password is required to join the session. Participants should enter their full names when logging in. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start time to test their audio settings and download/print handouts. While participation is not mandatory to apply, it is highly recommended.

To join:

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m., on March 17, 2023. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

- February 7, 2023 Pre-application technical assistance webinar
- March 17, 2023 Deadline for receipt of applications
- June 2023 Notification of awards
- July 1, 2023 Funding period begins; projects can begin
- January 17, 2024 Interim report(s) due to the SCDE
- June 30, 2024 Funding period ends; projects must end
- August 15, 2024 Final report(s) due to the SCDE

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The SCDE anticipates awarding approximately 10 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award is $150,000 for year one of the project.

Term of Contract
The grant funding period is July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.

- July 1, 2023: Projects can begin
- June 30, 2024: Projects must end

Contact Information
Apply online:

Tiffany Dorsey

South Carolina Department of Education
Division of College and Career Readiness
Office of Career and Technical Education & Student Transition Services
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201-3730

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