Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive a grant?
The TPS Regional Program awards grants to non-federal educational organizations such as school districts, state boards of education, universities, foundations, library systems, cultural institutions and others. The Library of Congress makes these funds available through the Regional Coordinators to help sub-recipients incorporate TPS materials and methods into existing programs for teachers.
What is the target audience?
Educational organizations offering education or professional development programs to pre and in-service teachers, librarians, media specialists and other K-12 educators are eligible to receive grants.
What activities and expenses are allowable under a grant?
Grants can be used to cover the expenses associated with delivering TPS professional development. This can include payment to a faculty member for revising a course syllabus to include TPS content; offering stipends so that teachers can attend a TPS workshop; paying a lecturer to conduct an online course that uses materials and pedagogical approaches from the TPS program, etc. Regional coordinators can answer specific questions about allowable project expenses.
What matching funds are required?
The Library requires a matching contribution of at least 20 percent of the total grant awarded. This matching contribution can take the form of funds, labor, facilities, etc.
Is it possible to receive multiple TPS Regional grants?
Typically, a sub-recipient is eligible for only one TPS grant. Requests for additional grants are considered on a case by case basis, and awarded only when the project will support significantly greater impact.
What is the process for applying for grants?
First, fill out the online Notice of Intent form found on the site for your region. If the regional coordinator determines that your project idea fits within the funding guidelines of the TPS Regional program, he or she will ask you to submit a full proposal.
What information do you require to make grant decisions?
We will ask for information about your organization and its activities, the TPS professional development that you intend to offer, the teachers whom you will target, a list of institutional partners and their role in the project, the expected outcomes, a timeline, and a budget narrative.
What criteria are used for granting decisions?
Regional Coordinators evaluate proposals based on:
Access: The proposed project reaches geographic areas and populations under-served by the TPS program.
Quality: The proposed workshop or course will help teachers achieve TPS Level I program goals and objectives.
Professional Development Program and Partnerships: The proposing organization leverages partnerships to provide professional development programs for teachers.
Sustainability: The grantee's use of TPS Level I content will be integrated into their professional development programs for teachers beyond the funding cycle.
Project Plan: The plan thoroughly describes the intended project, its audience and content, supported by a timeline of activities and an appropriate budget narrative.
What reporting requirements exist once I receive a grant?
The TPS Regional program requires that grantees submit brief quarterly reports indicating any workshop or courses delivered. A final narrative report is due at the end of the project. AUDIT REPORT: Sub-recipients who receive $500,000 or more from the federal government must submit single audits.
How can I get more information?
How do I submit my proposal?
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