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FY19 Comprehensive Center Program Competition Now Open - Applications due 5/24

Dear colleagues,


The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education (Department) is pleased to announce the FY 2019 Comprehensive Centers program (CC) competition.  The CC program provides capacity-building services to State educational agencies, regional educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction.


The Department will award a total of 20 grants under this competition.  Nineteen awards, ranging from approximately $1,000,000 to $6,472,657, will support the establishment of nineteen Regional Centers to provide intensive capacity-building services to States within defined geographic regions.  One award of approximately $5,000,000 will support the establishment of a National Center that will provide research-informed universal and targeted capacity-building services to all States. 


Eligible entities include research organizations, institutions, agencies, institutions of higher learning, or partnerships among such entities or individuals, with the demonstrated ability or capacity to carry out the activities described in the Notice Inviting Applications and Notice of Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Performance Measures.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:59:59 Eastern Time.


The Department will host informational webinars for prospective applicants. Visit and for more information about the informational webinars and the CC program.



Patrick Rooney
About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.