Applicant Info and Eligibility
The FY 2018 FSCS Notice Inviting Applications was posted in the Federal Register on June 13, 2018. The application package can be found here. (NOTE: IF YOU DOWNLOADED THE APPLICATION PACKAGE EARLIER THAN JUNE 14, 2018, 2pm EST, YOU WILL NEED TO DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED VERSION OF THE APPLICATION PACKAGE.
FY 2018 FSCS Competition Timeline:
- Pre-Application Webinar: June 20, 2018
- Intent to Apply: June 28, 2018
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 13, 2018
Dear Full-Service Community Schools Applicants:
It has come to our attention that for some applicants for the Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) Grant Opportunity, some have experienced difficulties renewing or completing their System for Award Management (SAM) registration, the system operated by the General Services Administration (GSA), because of a new GSA requirement concerning the submission of a notarized letter appointing a designated entity administrator. As you know, successful registration in SAM is a prerequisite to being able to register in Grants.gov and submit an application electronically.
Because of this issue, the U.S. Department of Education is allowing those Full-Service Community School applicants that have experienced or are experiencing difficulty in registering or renewing their SAM registration the opportunity to submit their applications as a PDF attachment to an email to FSCS@ed.gov by the deadline, July 13, 2018 by 4:30:00 pm, Eastern Time. This deadline was established in the Notice Inviting Applications for the FSCS program, which were published on June 13, 2018: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-13/pdf/2018-12701.pdf. We note that the Department’s e-mail system will not accept attachments that are larger than 25 MB. Therefore, applicants that chose to submit an application as a PDF file attached to an e-mail should confirm that it is not larger than 25 MB and confirm the maximum file size that their own e-mail systems can transmit. If an application exceeds the 25 MB limit for files submitted to the Department by e-mail, or exceeds the file size that an applicant’s e-mail will transmit, the applicant should divide their applications into sections and submit in multiple e-mails, using an “easy to understand” naming convention, e.g. InstitutionNameSection1, InstitutionNameSection2, and so on.
An applicant, which has not been able to access Grants.gov because of the notarized letter requirement and cannot submit an application as an attachment to an e-mail, has the option of submitting a hard copy through a delivery service that provides next day delivery. If you exercise the option to submit a hardcopy with a next day delivery, rather than e-mailing your application or submitting it electronically through Grants.gov, please include with your application a dated invoice or mail receipt that proves your application was mailed or submitted for delivery by July 13, 2018. Your application must be sent to the following address:
U.S. Department of Education,
Application Control Center, Attention:
CFDA Number 84.215J
LBJ Basement Level 1,
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington,
Please note that applicants that receive an FSCS grant will need to complete their SAM registration before they can draw down funds. If there are any other issues please contact the FSCS inbox at FSCS@ed.gov and please remember to document your issue by providing any e-mails you received from or submitted to SAM or Grants.gov and other relevant material concerning your issue.
On June 20, 2018, the Department hosted a pre-application webinar for applicants interested in applying for a FY 2018 Full-Service Community School grant and to hear information regarding the application process. You can access the recorded webinar using the following link:
The PowerPoint is accessible here.
To learn more about the previous competition, please visit the below link.
Who May Apply:
Eligible applicants: To be eligible for a grant under the FY2018 Full-Service Community Schools competition, an applicant must be a consortium of—
(a) (i) One or more LEAs; or
(ii) The Bureau of Indian Education; and
(b) one or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities.
A consortium must comply with the provisions governing group applications in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129 of EDGAR.
Cost Sharing or Matching: To be eligible for an award, a portion of the services provided by the applicant must be supported through non-Federal contributions, either in cash or in-kind donations. The applicant must propose the amount of cash or in-kind resources to be contributed for each year of the grant. The Bureau of Indian Education may meet the matching requirement using funds from other Federal sources.
Planning: Interagency collaborative efforts are highly complex undertakings that require extensive planning and communication among partners and key stakeholders. Partnerships should be based on identified needs and organized around a set of mutually-defined results and outcomes. Applicants under the Full-Service Community Schools program may devote funds received during the first year of the project period to comprehensive program planning, establishing results-focused partnerships, and capacity building. Funding received by grantees during the remainder of the project period must be devoted to program implementation. A memorandum of understanding between the applicant and all partner entities, describing the role each partner will assume, the services or resources each one will provide, and the desired results and outcomes.