[Curriculum Directors] USHE StepUP READY Grant Update

Suddreth, Diana Diana.Suddreth at schools.utah.gov
Wed Jun 24 10:26:26 MDT 2015

Curriculum Directors,

Your superintendents already have this information.  You may wish to follow through with them and consider a grant for your LEA.

Diana Suddreth, Director of Teaching and Learning
Utah State Office of Education
President, Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics
250 E. 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov<mailto:diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov>


Higher Ed and K12 colleagues,

We would like to inform you of a change impacting the new 2015 cycle of StepUP READY Grants. We are happy to share that this year we are again able to offer an additional $25,000 of College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) funds to programs specifically targeting underrepresented students including, but not limited to, first-generation, low-income, women in STEM, and students of color. This change will now allow for proposals of up to $75,000 if your program targets and serves these populations.

Because of this change we are extending the deadline for the mandatory Intent to apply notice to July 2, 2015. Intent to Apply notices will be accepted early, but to allow for budget updates the deadline has been pushed back one week.

Additionally, we have received some questions regarding multiple grants per partner. To clarify, current 2014/15 StepUP READY grant recipients are not eligible to re-apply for the same grant/program currently funded. Applications which propose new objectives and interventions, however, will be accepted. Please find updated information and dates below.

GRANT OVERVIEW (please reference the attached Overview and Intent to Apply Form)

  *   $500,000 of state appropriated monies available*
  *   Grants may be awarded up to $50,000**
  *   All grantees agree to enter into a data-use agreement with USHE
  *   Grants require a 50% match (can be in-kind)
  *   Proposal review to be completed by a committee appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education
  *   K-16 Alliances are eligible to apply
  *   Renewal invitations may be extended based on performance outcomes

* If funds are granted to a higher education institution, they will be sent directly to the institutional budget office. Institutional policy may require coordination with your Office of Sponsored Projects.

**Additional funds up to $25,000 per grant will be available through the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG). These additional funds will be available to LEAs and USHE institutions whose programs focus on under-represented students. This may include first-generation, low-income, or other under-represented students, including women in STEM.


July 2, 2015                             Extended Intent to Apply notice due (mandatory)

July 27, 2015                           Grantees notified with invitations to apply & full RFP available

August 12, 2015                      Technical Assistance call (mandatory)

September 9, 2015                   Application due

October 2015                           Consultation period

November 6, 2015                   Selection announcement

Dec-Jan 2016                          Grantees sign grant agreement

January 2016                           Grant monies released

Jan-Dec 2016                          Implementation

June 2016                                First Interim Report due

January 2017                           Second Interim Report due

April 2017                               Data Analysis and Final Report


Christie Fox, PhD

Office of Outreach and Access

Utah System of Higher Education


cfox at ushe.edu<mailto:cfox at ushe.edu>


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