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Grant Funding is Now Available for K-12 History and Civics Education!

Federal Competitive Grant funding is now available for K-12 History and Civics Education professional development!

The US Department of Education has published a Federal Register Notice announcing the grant competition for the National Activities grants we successfully advocated for in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). You can find the official federal register notice here:

Tight Timeline - A little less than 4 weeks to take the following steps:

July 18 - Pre-Application Webinar
Attend the pre-application webinar to provide technical assistance to interested applicants that the US Department of Education will host next Tuesday at 2:30pm ET. To register for the webinar or join the webinar if you are already registered, click on this event url link:

August 10 - Deadline on Notice to Apply
Contact the US Department of Education to let them know you intend to apply – on or before August 10, the Deadline on Notice to Apply.

August 21 - Application Deadline
Apply to for the grant on or before the August 21 deadline.

For further information contact: Christine Miller, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4W205, Washington, DC 20202–5960. Or by email:

About the K-12 History and Civics National Activities Grants Program:
The new program is designed to promote innovative instruction, learning strategies, and professional development in American history, civics and government, and geography, with an emphasis on activities and programs that benefit low-income students and underserved populations.

This is the first year the new grants program received funding from Congress. It is expected the grants will be awarded in October 2017. The estimated amount of available funds for FY 17 is $1,700,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, the Department of Education may make additional awards in subsequent years from the list of unfunded applications from this competition. The estimated range of awards is $200,000–$700,000 per year and the estimated average size of awards is $500,000 per year. The estimated number of awards is 2–7. The project period is up to three years, with renewal of up two additional years if the grantee demonstrates to the Secretary that the grantee is effectively using funds.