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BESE Seeks Proposals for Grant Funding

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today announced its request for proposals to the state’s 8(g) Competitive Grant Program. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage the development of innovative efforts that raise and support student achievement in Louisiana.
West Monroe -- The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today announced its request for proposals to the state’s 8(g) Competitive Grant Program. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage the development of innovative efforts that raise and support student achievement in Louisiana.

“The competitive allocation funds exemplary, ‘out-of-the-box’ programs that help students succeed,” said BESE president Chas Roemer. “It is an important catalyst to inspire students, launch innovation and drive Louisiana’s elementary and secondary education forward.”

Through the 8(g) Competitive Grant Program, BESE seeks to strengthen educational options for Louisiana students, giving them the greatest opportunity to develop to their fullest potential and become college and career ready. Since 1988, over $102 million has been allocated to projects through the Competitive Grant Program.



Proposals received will be rated by BESE-appointed grant readers according to overall design, projected outcomes, needs assessment and adherence to published guidelines. The Board also appoints program evaluators to review and rate the implemented projects’ effectiveness and impact on student achievement. Selected programs are funded on an annual basis, with a maximum of three years of funding.

The deadline for proposals is February 3, 2014. Proposals may be submitted by individual public and nonpublic schools, school districts, state agencies and other entities, should be submitted via email to the BESE office at BESE.8g@la.gov and must be received by BESE no later than 4:30 pm on February 3rd. BESE will approve projects for funding by April 30, 2014.

The Competitive Grant Program is one of three 8(g) grant programs administered by BESE. “8(g)” refers to an amendment to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act giving coastal states a “fair and equitable” share of the money made from offshore development. In 1986, Louisiana voters chose to establish a trust fund for education with the state’s 8(g) allocation, the Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund, through a constitutional amendment which allows the earnings of the fund to be spent for education purposes. BESE allocates earnings from the Fund for elementary and secondary education through block, statewide and competitive grant programs.

Additional information about the 8(g) Competitive Grant Program, including program guidelines and frequently asked questions, is available online at BESE.louisiana.gov.


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