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Promoting K-12 Student Achievement at Military-Connected Schools: World Language Advancement and Readiness Program

Grants to USA PreK-12 LEAs to Establish or Improve
Foreign Language Learning Programs for Students

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Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

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05/07/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA PreK-12 LEAs to develop or improve foreign language learning programs for students. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for public schools in an LEA that hosts a unit of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) seeks innovative applications for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of world language programs targeting elementary and secondary students in order to enable successful students, as they advance from elementary school through secondary school, to achieve advanced level of proficiency in those languages. In addition, any Local Education Agency (LEA) awarded a grant under this program must use the funds to support programs that show promise of being continued beyond the grant period and demonstrate approaches that could be disseminated to and duplicated in other LEAs. Awarded projects may also include a professional development component. 

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are concerned about the lack of military personnel with advanced language skills and believes this could be addressed by promoting foreign language study programs targeting elementary and secondary students. As a result, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 authorized the development of a competitive grant program to provide support to eligible entities for the establishment, improvement, or expansion of world language study for students of public schools in a LEA that hosts a unit of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). 

Applicants’ project narrative must focus on one or more of the following scope areas: 

  • Establish and implement programs that showcase a meaningful integration of world language(s) across subject areas.
  • Establish and implement an exploratory pilot program that seeks to create new world language experiences for students.
  • Improve or expand content-based instruction in the target school’s current world language program of one or more of the languages included on the DoD SLL.
  • Effectively use technology, such as computer-assisted instruction or distance (virtual) learning, to establish or expand course offerings of one or more world languages included on the DoD SLL and/or ASL. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 134763

Number of Grants:

DoDEA intends to award multiple grants, subject to the availability of funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each individual grant award will be a minimum of $500,000.00 and may be up to a maximum of $3,000,000.

Term of Contract:

A period of up to five (5) years. DoDEA expects projects to be completed within the performance period. All projects awarded under this FOA will have a Period of Performance end date of May 31, 2026.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity are limited to PK-12 LEAs including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law. For-profit organizations, foreign institutions, and individuals are not eligible to apply. Likewise, federal agencies or current federal employees are not eligible to receive federal assistance under this announcement but may be project partners. Current DoDEA grant awards recipients are eligible to apply. Awards under this announcement will be made to LEAs on behalf of their eligible school(s).

Eligible schools must meet the following two criteria:
1. Eligible school(s) must have a 10 percent or greater military-connected student enrollment for school year (SY) 2019-20.
2. Eligible school(s) must be a part of an LEA that currently hosts a unit of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) in one of their local high schools.

For more information on eligible schools, see

The applicant must meet the minimum standards for receiving federal funds, as defined in 32 CFR 22.415, which state that to be qualified, a potential recipient must:
• Have the management capability and adequate financial and technical resources, given those that would be made available through the grant or cooperative agreement, to execute the program of activities envisioned under the grant or cooperative agreement.
• Have a satisfactory record of executing such programs or activities (if a prior recipient of an award).
• Have a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics.
• Be otherwise qualified and eligible to receive a grant or cooperative agreement under applicable laws and regulations (see § 22.420(c)).

Funding Restrictions: Profit or fee is not permitted.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- March 5, 2021: Applications Available
- April 1, 2021: Pre-recorded Technical Assistance Webinars (
- Applications will only be received electronically through no later than May 07, 2021 (Friday) no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
- No Later than September 30, 2021: Grants Awarded

How to Register to Apply through
- Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).
- Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM may be accessed at
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Contact Information:

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

Jennifer Dailey-Perkins, Grants Program Manager
Phone Number: 571-372-6026

Questions may be submitted to the above email address.

DoDEA Procurement Division:
1. Alim Koroma, Grant Officer: , 571-372-1473
2. Hope Woods, Procurement Analyst:, 571-372-1449

DoD Grant Program Office
Department of Defense Education Activity
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22311

If you are experiencing difficulties with your submission, provides applicants 24/7
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