Title IV, Part A: Student Supports and Academic Enrichment (SASE) Grant Program

The purpose of Title IV, Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program, is to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools and local communities to:

  • provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
  • improve school conditions for student learning; and
  • improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. 

Supplemental well-rounded education activities may include but are not limited to:

  • College and career guidance and counseling programs;
  • Music and arts;
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including computer science;
  • Accelerated learning programs;
  • Civics education;
  • Foreign language;
  • Environmental education;
  • Programs and activities that promote volunteerism and community involvement;
  • Programs that integrate multiple disciplines, such as programs that combine art and math; or
  • Other programs and activities to support student access to, and success in, a variety of well-rounded experiences


Supplemental safe and healthy student programs and activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Drug and violence prevention;
  • School-based mental health services
  • Integrating health and safety practices in schools or athletic programs;
  • Bullying and harassment prevention;
  • Relationship-building skills;
  • Mentoring and school counseling;
  • Establish or improve school dropout and reentry programs;
  • Establish or enhance effective learning skills that are essential for school readiness and academic success; 
  • High-quality training for school personnel related to suicide prevention, trauma-informed practices and classroom management, conflict resolution, school-based violence, or drug abuse prevention;
  • Designing and implementing plans to reduce exclusionary discipline practices; 
  • Implementing schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports; or
  • School or district site resource coordinators to establish and strengthen community supports and relationships.


Supplemental effective use of technology activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Providing educators, school leaders and administrators with professional learning tools, devices, content and resources to personalize learning, and support teacher collaboration;
  • Build technological capacity and infrastructure;
  • Develop or use effective or innovative strategies to deliver specialized or rigorous academic courses and curricula;
  • Blended learning projects;
  • Relationship-building skills;
  • Professional development in the use of technology; or
  • Establish or improve school dropout and reentry programs;
  • Providing students in rural, remote or underserved areas with the resources to take advantage of high-quality digital learning experiences and resources.


To be eligible to receive an allocation under the Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant, a local education agency (LEA) must have received a Title I-A allocation in the previous year.

Eligible LEA's receive an annual allocation of funds each year. Title IV-A allocations for LEAs are calculated by formula, based on the proportion of those LEAs’ prior year’s Title I, Part A (Title I-A) allocation. SEAs are required to ensure no LEA receives an allocation less than $10,000. If the amount of funds is insufficient to make allocations of $10,000 for eligible LEAs, the allocations to LEAs above $10,000 will be reduced until all eligible LEAs receive the minimum allocation of $10,000.

LEAs that receive an allocation of $30,000 or more must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment with stakeholders at least once every three years. This needs assessment may be done in conjunction with other needs assessments conducted by the LEA, including the LEA’s Strategic Plan.


FY21 Title IV, Part A Personalized Learning Grants

The Rhode Island Department of Education solicited applications for the FY21 Title IV, Part A (Title IV-A) Personalized Learning Grants. Selected LEAs received a Title IV-A allocation for the 2020-2021 school year of up to $50,000 to design, expand and/or implement strategies that increase student access to personalized, rigorous learning experiences for K-12 students in one of the Title IV-A content areas: well-rounded education, safe and healthy students and effective use of technology. Funds were intended to focus on supplemental programs and activities that expand student access to personalized learning experiences.

The Rhode Island Department of Education is pleased to announce the winners of the FY21 Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants:

  • Central Falls Public Schools
  • Charette Charter School
  • Newport Public Schools
  • The Learning Community Charter School
  • Warwick Public Schools
  • West Warwick Public Schools


FY21 Title IV-A Personalized Learning Grant Guidance [PDF]

FY21 Title IV-A Personalized Learning Grant Application [PDF]