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Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) - HISTORICAL

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)


    The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) provides grants to support magnet schools under an approved, required or voluntary, desegregation plan. By supporting the development and implementation of magnet schools that reduce, eliminate, or prevent minority group isolation, these program resources can be used in pursuit of the objectives of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), which supports State and local efforts to enable all elementary and secondary school students to achieve high standards. In particular, the MSAP provides an opportunity for eligible entities to provide students from varied backgrounds with the educational benefits of diversity and equitable access to a high-quality education that will enable all students to succeed academically.

    In this competition, OII is particularly interested in projects that seek to improve MSAP outcomes related to minority group isolation and academic achievement by implementing complementary strategies to increase the socio-economic integration of schools in an effort to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority group isolation.

    The competition is also designed to improve MSAP outcomes by supporting evidence-based strategies for eliminating, reducing, or preventing minority group isolation; increasing diversity; and improving academic achievement. There is particular interest in evidence-based strategies that promote racial integration by taking into account socio-economic diversity. 

    In FY 2016, competitive preference priorities include:
    1. Need for Assistance - The Secretary evaluates the applicants need for assistance by considering
      • The costs of fully implementing the magnet schools project as proposed;
      • The resources available to the applicant to carry out the project if funds under the program were not provided;
      • The extent to which the costs of the project exceed the applicants resources; and
      • The difficulty of effectively carrying out the approved plan and the project for which assistance is sought, including consideration of how the design of the magnet schools project” e.g., the type of program proposed, the location of the magnet school within the LEA”impacts the applicants ability to successfully carry out the approved plan.
    2. New or Revised Magnet Schools Projects
    3. Selection of Students - The Secretary determines the extent to which the applicant proposes to select students to attend magnet schools by methods such as lottery, rather than through academic examination.
    4. Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education - Projects that are designed to improve student achievement or other related outcomes by supporting local or regional partnerships to give students access to real-world STEM experiences and to give educators access to high-quality STEM-related professional learning.
    5. Supporting Strategies for which there is Evidence of Promise
    In FY 2016, invitational priorities include:
    1. Racial and Socioeconomic Integration - Socioeconomic Integration is of particular interest in FY 2016 - Projects that work to increase racial integration by taking into account socioeconomic diversity in designing and implementing magnet school programs. Projects may implement inter-district or intra-district integration strategies such as neighborhood preferences or weighted lotteries.

    History of Funding

    History of funding can be found at:

    Additional Information

    NOTE: An applicant must either ensure that all evidence is available to the Department from publicly available sources and provide links or other guidance indicating where it is available; or, in the application, include a copy of the full study in the Appendix. If the Department determines that an applicant provided insufficient information, the applicant will not have an opportunity to provide additional information at a later time


    Jennifer Todd

    Jennifer Todd
    400 Maryland Avenue SW Room 4W250
    Washington, DC 20205-5970
    (202) 453-7200
    (202) 2055630

  • Eligibility Details

    Only LEAs or consortia of LEAs that are implementing court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans that include magnet schools are eligible to apply. Private schools may not participate in this program.

    Deadline Details

    Notice of Intent to Apply was to be submitted by May 9, 2016.  This notice is highly recommended but not mandatory. Full applications were to be submitted by June 1, 2016. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    In FY 2016, total program funding is $91,322,994.  The Department anticipates awarding 8-10 grants, ranging from $700,000 to $4,000,000 per year.  The project period is up to 36 months.  Cost sharing/matching is not required.


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