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Agencies for the Professional Development of Educators

Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Program

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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)

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06/03/22 11:59 PM Washington, DC Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, IHEs, and Indian educational agencies for the professional development of educators. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices that prepare, develop, or enhance the skills of educators.

The SEED program is designed to foster the use of rigorous Evidence-Based practices in selecting and implementing strategies and interventions that support educators' development across the continuum of their careers (e.g., in preparation, recruitment, professional learning, and leadership development).

This competition includes two absolute priorities. Applicants may address only one absolute priority and must clearly indicate the specific absolute priority their project addresses. These priorities are:

Absolute Priority 1—Supporting Effective Teachers

This priority is for projects that will implement activities that are supported by Moderate Evidence. Applicants under this priority may propose one or more of the following activities:

  1. Providing teachers from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved Local Educational Agencies (LEAs); or
  2. Providing teachers with Evidence-Based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential.

Absolute Priority 2—Supporting Effective Principals or Other School Leaders

This priority is for projects that will implement activities that are supported by Promising Evidence. Applicants under this priority may propose one or more of the following activities:

  1. Providing principals or other School Leaders from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved LEAs;
  2. Providing principals or other School Leaders with Evidence-Based Professional Development activities that address literacy, numeracy, remedial, or other needs of LEAs and the students the agencies serve; or
  3. Providing principals or other School Leaders with Evidence-Based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential.

For Competitive Preference Priorities, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203331

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The Department anticipates making approximately 15 new awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards: $1,000,000 - $6,000,000 per project year

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 36 months

Under section 2242(b)(2) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6672), the Secretary may renew a grant awarded under this section for one additional two-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
(a) An IHE that provides course materials or resources that are Evidence-Based in increasing academic achievement, graduation rates, or rates of postsecondary education matriculation;
(b) A National Nonprofit organization with a demonstrated record of raising student academic achievement, graduation rates, and rates of higher education attendance, matriculation, or completion, or of effectiveness in providing preparation and Professional Development activities and programs for teachers, principals, or other School Leaders;
(c) The Bureau of Indian Education; or
(d) A partnership consisting of—
(i) One or more entities described in paragraph (a) or (b); and
(ii) A for-profit entity.

The Department establishes the following definition for use in any SEED competition in
which the term “national nonprofit entity” is used in connection with the eligibility requirement in section 2242 of the ESEA:
National nonprofit entity means an entity that--
(a) Meets the definition of “nonprofit” under 34 CFR 77.1(c); and
(b) Is of national scope, which requires that the entity--
(1) Provides services in three or more States; and
(2) Demonstrates a proven record of serving or benefitting teachers, principals, or other school leaders (as defined in section 8101 of the ESEA) across these States.

Pre-Application Information:

Competition Timeline:
- TQP Application Publish Date: April 4, 2022
- Intent to Apply: May 4, 2022
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 3, 2022 (11:59:59 p.m. Washington, DC time)
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 2, 2022
- Estimated Award Announcement: Summer 2022

The Department encourages each potential applicant to send notification of the applicant’s intent to apply by emailing the email address in Contact Information below. Applicants that do not submit an email ahead of time may still apply.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
Under section 2242 of the ESEA, each grant recipient must provide, from non-Federal sources, at least 25 percent of the total cost for each year of the project activities. These funds may be provided in cash or through in-kind contributions.

Register Early – registration involves many steps including registration on SAM ( which may take approximately one week to complete, but could take upwards of several weeks to complete, depending upon the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an applicant.

Note: If you registered in SAM prior to April 4, 2022, and submit your application before April 4, 2022, you must provide the DUNS number on your application that was used when you registered as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) on To submit successfully beginning on April 4, 2022, you must provide the UEI on your application that was used when you registered as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) on This UEI is assigned to your organization in SAM at the time your organization registers in SAM, when that registration occurs after April 4, 2022. If you do not enter the UEI assigned by SAM on your application, will reject your application.

Webinar Recordings:

Webinar #1 – Program Overview and Purpose, Eligible Entity Requirements and Program Requirements

Webinar #2 – Program Priorities and Evidence Standards

Webinar #3 – Selection Criteria and Application Process

Webinar #4 – Budget and Matching/Cost Share Requirement

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email Intents to Apply to
SUBJECT: Intent to Apply FY 2022

If you do not find the answer to your question(s) within the two FAQ documents, please email your question(s) to the SEED program inbox at the email address above.

For further information contact:
Christine Miller
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3C152
Washington, DC 20222-5960
Telephone: (202) 260-7350
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