AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

K-12 Public Funding

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a United States federal statute enacted April 11, 1965. The ESEA provides Title Funds to support K-12 schools. The current reauthorization of ESEA is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December 2015.

Title Funds will continue to be a primary source of funding for AVID under the new ESSA as they were under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

  • Districts use Title I funds for AVID membership fees, curriculum, professional development, tutors, salaries, travel, and AVID Elective activities.

  • Title II funds are used primarily for professional development and related travel; however, districts also use these funds to cover other AVID costs.

  • Title III funds are used for AVID Excel for long-term English Language Learners.

ESSA gives states greater flexibility and control over education policy. Each state is in the process of developing a comprehensive ESSA plan to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in 2017. For information on how your state is moving forward on its plan, check out this resource: ASCD ESSA State Implementation Map. AVID advocates should work with their district offices to explore how Title funds can be applied to fund AVID in the coming school years.

These documents illustrate how AVID aligns with ESSA and can be supported in your schools through Title Funds.

State Initiatives
Each state has resources for education initiatives K-16. To research current initiatives, start with U.S. Department of Education State Contacts to find links to education agencies in your state. You may also review the website for your state department of education and register to receive email notifications announcing funding opportunities. Not all states have this option.

In the State of Oregon, voters passed Measure 98, which is designed to improve students' high school experience and reduce the state's dropout rate and focused on efforts to ensure students graduate ready for college or a career.

Funds must be used to support three specific areas: 1. Career and technical education (CTE) programs, 2. College-level educational opportunities, and 3. Dropout-prevention strategies. AVID supports all three areas.

Districts' biennial plans are due in May 2017. Learn more by viewing this PowerPoint presentation and flyer.

In the State of California, school districts are preparing their Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP). AVID provides the foundational academic and social support system for students that will accelerate student achievement and school climate transformations to meet the goals set by districts in the 8 Priority Areas of the LCAP. Learn more.

Also in the State of California, school districts will receive the College Readiness Block Grant in October 2016. To see how you can use the proven AVID College Readiness System to start or expand AVID in your district using this one-time College Readiness Block Grant, check out the handy flyer or download the full PowerPoint presentation.

Open Funding Competitions


This link will take you to a page which will give details of any competitions available at this time. Please note coming up:

  • A GEAR UP competition is now open. Resources to assist with your grant application are available here.

  • A Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Programs (MCASP) competition is expected in spring 2017. Resources to assist with your grant application are available here.


Discretionary Grant Programs


Discretionary grants are competitive initiatives that open throughout the year. It is a good idea to regularly check the U.S. Department of Education funding forecast. The competitive initiatives under ESSA have not been finalized. Information is included below on the programs most aligned with AVID which are likely to continue in some form under ESSA and others that do not fall under ESSA.

In the right column, links are to information on the grant program. Links in the left column direct to specific AVID resources on the program.



Military-Connected LEAs for Academic and Support Programs supports research-based programs to increase student achievement and ease the challenges that military dependent children face due to their parents' service. This is a Department of Defense program. Last Competition: May 2016


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) increases the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Competition now open!

High Quality Charter Schools

Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools supports the expanded enrollment of one or more existing charter schools by substantially increasing the number of available seats per school, or the opening of one or more new charter schools. Last competition June 2016; next competition expected in Summer 2017


Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) establishes magnet schools to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority group isolation; to provide students with challenging academic standards; to implement diversity and increase choice; and to strengthen students' knowledge of academic subjects and marketable skills. Applications due: April 11, 2017

Education, Innovation, and Research

Education, Innovation, and Research supports the creation, development, implementation, replication, or taking to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. Applications due: April 11, 2017
Promise Neighborhoods Program supports community partnerships that improve the educational/ developmental outcomes of children and youth in distressed communities, transforming those communities by building a continuum of cradle-to-career solutions for educational programs in schools and for family and community supports, with schools at the center. Last competition September 2016

School Climate Transformation

School Climate Transformation grants develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing an evidence-based framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. Last competition: June 2014
SIG School Improvement Grant 1003g (a.k.a. SIG or School Turnaround Grant) supports the lowest performing schools (priority schools, bottom 5%) in each state. USDOE allocates funding to each State DOE to use to make competitive sub-grants to school districts to measurably turnaround the schools, using effective, targeted strategies to focus on the students with the greatest needs. RFP deadlines for school districts vary in different states.

Skills for Success

Skills for Success supports implementation and research of programs for students in middle grades to support the development of academic motivation (i.e., academic behaviors, perseverance, mindsets) and non-cognitive skills (i.e., self-control, social skills, emotional skills, critical thinking, communication, planning, learning strategies). Last competition: July 2015

Teacher and School Leader Incentive Fund

Teacher and School Leader Incentive Fund supports comprehensive performance-based compensation systems or human capital management systems for teachers, principals, and other school leaders who raise student academic achievement and close the achievement gap between high- and low-performing students. Applications due: March 24, 2017

Turnaround School Leaders

Turnaround School Leaders Program supports projects to develop and implement or enhance and implement a leadership pipeline that selects, prepares, places, supports, and retains school leaders for School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools and/or SIG-eligible schools in a local educational agency (LEA) or consortium of LEAs. Last competition: May 2014
21st CCLC 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) support the creation of academic enrichment after school and during summer for students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools. State RFP deadlines are throughout the year.
FSCSP Full Service Community Schools Program (FSCSP) supports partnership projects to coordinate academic, social, health services among high-need elementary and secondary schools; the school district; and community-based or nonprofit organizations. Full-service community schools provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services to improve educational outcomes. Last competition: May 2014

Talent Search

Talent Search provides academic and career support programs toward the goal of increasing the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate from high school and enroll in and complete postsecondary education. Last competition: February 2016

Upward Bound

Upward Bound projects support high school students from low-income families, first-generation military veterans and first-generation college students as they prepare for college. All Upward Bound projects provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature and foreign language, and individual and group interactions. Potential Grantees are Institutions of Higher Education, public and private agencies or organizations, and in exceptional cases, secondary schools. Next competition expected Fall 2017