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Recruitment and Retention Support (RARS) Grant

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

Conf. Date:

06/15/22

Deadline Date:

07/01/22 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Virginia public school divisions to hire and retain educators. Funding may be used to provide incentives for potential new employees and professional development for current employees. Funds for continuing education are intended to cover institutional fees and tuition.

As part of Virginia’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funding, grant funding is available to assist public school divisions with recruitment and retention initiatives. Specifically, this Recruitment and Retention Support Grant, modeled after the successful Continuing Education Support Pilot Grant (December 2021), is designed to offer recruitment incentives to new employees and/or to provide continuing education support for current employees pursuing Virginia licensure. Divisions may submit a proposal for using up to $30,000 over the course of one year (2022- 2023) to incentivize new employees to accept a position with the division and/or to cover tuition and institutional fees for teachers and classified staff members enrolling in classes at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in pursuit of Virginia licensure. 

Use of the grant funding is limited to the following recruitment and retention strategies: 

  • Hiring Incentive
  • Continuing Education Support: Grant funding may be used to cover the cost of employees’ tuition and related institutional fees, such as technology or library fees. Although those with provisional licenses may be likely participants, divisions are required to consider all prospective and current employees (teachers and non-teaching staff) taking coursework towards licensure. Although divisions will have the flexibility to develop and outline their own proposed procedure for selecting individual recipients of continuing education funds, preference should be given to those seeking initial licensure or those seeking secondary endorsement in a critical shortage area.  Divisions planning to use funds for continuing education support must develop a procedure for tracking enrollment and class registration and successful completion, and are advised to secure promissory notes with the individual recipients outlining plans for the recipient to return unused tuition dollars in the event that the recipient does not complete the intended class(es). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203922

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Divisions may submit a proposal for using up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funding may be used to create monetary incentives for employees hired with a start date of August 15, 2022 through November 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Virginia public school divisions are eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Topic: Recruitment and Retention Support Grant Info Session
Time: Jun 15, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Registration link: https://doe-virginia-gov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcu-oqzkrH93EIvq4x8Lgmx7e8kdQaZIP

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by 4pm on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Timeline:
- July 1, 2022: Application due via email
- Mid-July, 2022: Award notification
- Mid-late July, 2022: Division to identify individual recipients of hiring incentives and/or continuing education support. For divisions offering continuing education support: ensure employee recipients are enrolled and tracking/documentation procedure is established.
- January 1, 2023: For divisions offering hiring incentives: ensure half of hiring incentive has been distributed to employees
- January 16, 2023: Mid-term Progress Report Due
- October 2, 2023: Final Report Due

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to Dr. Meg Homer at Meghan.Homer@doe.virginia.gov

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Meg Homer, Educator Engagement Specialist, Department of Teacher Education & Licensure at the email address listed above.

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