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A Glossary of Terms Related to Grants and Funding


Term or Acronym Definition How Used
Grant Seeker person, school, district, etc. who is applying for the grant This term is used in workshops, journals, etc.
Grantee person, school, district, etc. who receives the grant This term is used in applications and instructions.
Grantor or Grant Maker agency, organization, etc. who is providing the grant This term is used in applications and instructions.
RFA Request for Application a call for grant applications—a simpler format than RFP
RFP Request for Proposal a call for grant proposals – more complex, narrative format
LEA Local Educational Agency the district education department that applies for and oversees the grant
SEA State Educational Agency the state education department that applies for and oversees the grant
Discretionary Grants competitive grants These grants are applied for directly to the Federal Government.
Formula Grants grants awarded to eligible entities through allocation based on the program's authorizing legislation; block grants or categorical These grants are sent directly to the states, who disburse monies according to the formula (ex. Title I, Migrant).
Block Grants formula funds that are not allocated to a specific category and are more flexibly distributed The grant seeker applies directly to state for these funds, and state sets up procedures for their disbursement.
Subgrants formula or competitive grants made from a larger grant Ex. Technology, Literacy Challenge, and REA
Project the proposed plan, the plan for which grant funds are being requested Projects may include instructional materials and must adhere to the criteria specified by the grant.
Boilerplate Materials a mass produced proposal or one that is copied from another grant a big DON'T in grant world—should only be used as a guide – rarely funded
EDGAR Education Department General Administration Regulations provides criteria and instruction on grant applications
ERIC

Database of US Publications in ERIC
http://www.eric.ed.gov/
Educational Resources Information Center federally funded research site that provides information on current educational issues—used by many grant seekers
In January 2004, the Department of Education will begin to implement a reengineering plan for ERIC.
Private Sector Grants and Funding foundation and corporate grants that allocate funds to strengthen education easier to obtain than federal and state grants and often have community-based interests
CFDA Number Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number—the identifies the federal grant. The CFDA is the encyclopedia of all funding programs—the way all grants are catalogued
FR

The Federal Register (1994 to present)
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/
fr/index.html
Federal Register Public notice of all grants appears on site once they are approved by Congress.
NOFA Notice of Funding Availability information on program's purpose, eligibility requirements, application deadline, award amounts, etc.
SSPOC Single State Point of Contact state contact that district must use when applying for certain federal grants.
E-Application electronic grant application system Most federal grants can now be applied for online.
Replicability a project requirement of most demonstration grants Federal and state grantors want to know if the project can be replicated in other places.
OESE Office of Elementary and Secondary Education one of six agencies under which grants are organized and authorized
OELA Office of English Language Acquisition one of six agencies under which grants are organized and authorized
OSERS Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services one of six agencies under which grants are organized and authorized
ESEA Elementary & Secondary Education Act legislation that authorizes most education grants
Reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Legislation