American History & Civics Academies Grants Availability

The US Department of Education has announced the availability of grants for the American History and Civics Academies Programs.

The grants will fund the establishment of: (1) Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history and civics; and (2) Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics that provide high school students with opportunities to develop a broader and deeper understanding of these subjects.

To be eligible to receive an award, an applicant must include in its application evidence of its expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of history. The grantee will be expected to run both the Presidential and Congressional Academies. Projects that are designed to improve academic outcomes for high-need students will be given priority.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Local educational agencies;
  • Institutions of higher education; and
  • Other public and private agencies, organizations, and institutions, including cultural institutions and museums.

Note: Multiple eligible entities are allowed to form a consortium but must submit a single application.

The Department intends to fund the entire three-year project period through a single grant using FY 2016 funds. Only $1,785,000 in funding is available with the grantee receiving approximately $600,000 per-year. As a result, it is anticipated the agency will only make a single award this fiscal year. This program does not require cost sharing or matching.

Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, the Department of Education may make additional awards in FY 2017 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.

Submission Dates and Times:

Applications Available: May 31, 2016.

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 30, 2016.

Date of Pre-Application Webinar: June 9, 2016.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 15, 2016.

For more information contact: Christine Miller, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4W205, Washington, DC 20202-5960, telephone (202) 453-6740. Or by email:

The full announcement, which includes the details about submitting an application, is available in the Federal Register at: