Program Description

The purpose of this program is to carry out a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the special education needs of gifted and talented students. The major emphasis of the program is on serving students traditionally underrepresented in gifted and talented programs, particularly economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient (LEP), and disabled students, to help reduce the serious gap in achievement among certain groups of students at the highest levels of achievement.

Grants are awarded under two priorities. Priority One supports initiatives to develop and scale up models serving students who are underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. Priority Two supports state and local efforts to improve services for gifted and talented students.

Programs and projects (SEA and LEA capacity-building grants) must carry out one or more of the following:

  • Conducting scientifically based research on methods and techniques for identifying and teaching gifted and talented students - and for using these programs and methods to serve all students; and conducting program evaluations, surveys, and other analyses needed to accomplish the purpose of this program;
  • Carrying out professional development for personnel involved in the education of gifted and talented students;
  • Establishing and operating model projects and exemplary programs for serving gifted and talented students, including innovative methods of serving students whose needs may not be met by more traditional gifted and talented programs (including summer programs, mentoring, service learning, and programs involving business, industry, and education);
  • Implementing innovative strategies, such as cooperative learning, peer tutoring, and service learning;
  • Providing technical assistance and information on how to serve gifted and talented students and, where appropriate, how to adapt these programs to serve all students;
  • Making materials and services available through state regional education service centers, IHEs, or other entities; or
  • Providing challenging, high-level course work, disseminated through technologies (including distance learning), for students in schools or LEAs that would not otherwise have the resources for such course work.

In addition, the program supports the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented for the purpose of carrying out the allowable activities already described. Not more than 30 percent of program funds can be spent for research.

General Program Requirements

Under a Priority One competition, SEAs, LEAs, IHEs, other public agencies, and private agencies and organizations, including Indian tribes and tribal organizations as defined by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, and native Hawaiian organizations may apply. Under a Priority Two competition, SEAs or LEAs or both may apply.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Application instructions are availible on the Federal Register notice for the program.

Program Contact Information

Theda Zawaiza
Education Program Specialist

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number84.206A
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)500
Length of ProgramState capacity grants: 3 years; Demonstration grants: 5 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes. U.S. states, private non-profit entities, and other non-tribal/non-native entities.

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