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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
2021 New York State My Brother’s Keeper Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) II

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Budget Narrative Excel file
State of New York Master Contract Word document

Legislative Authority

Chapter 53 of the laws of 2016.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of TOC II is to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers.

TOC II Programs will:

  • include instructional strategies designed to meet the learning needs of students placed at risk;
  • incorporate the use of mentors and other high-quality support systems for pre-service and new teachers that are designed to ensure a lasting and positive effect on classroom performance;
  • reflect current research on teaching and learning; culturally and linguistically relevant teaching; youth development; restorative practices; and STEM concentrations at the elementary, middle and high school levels;
  • integrate a clinically rich pre-service model with a 10-month internship experience and includes partnerships with high- needs schools and community-based organizations to help prepare pre-service teachers to develop and implement culturally sustaining practices address the learning needs of all students; and
  • foster retention in teaching of highly qualified individuals who value diversity and equity.

Project Period

The project period is September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2026. The annual grant period is September 1 - August 31.

Eligibile Applicants

Only New York State public and independent degree-granting colleges and universities that have a teacher preparation program approved by the State Education Department may submit applications for this grant opportunity.

Amount of Funding

The allocation for 2021-2026 is expected to be $3,450,000 annually. Available funding is subject to legislative appropriation.

Application Due Date and Mailing Address

Please submit one original and two copies of the full proposal and one electronic copy of the complete application on a USB flash drive containing all application and M/WBE documents in Microsoft Office or PDF format, to TOC-SED postmarked by June 3, 2021.

New York State Education Department
Attn: Doris Waiters
Office of Family and Community Engagement
89 Washington Avenue, Room 960 EBA
Albany, New York 12234

Questions and Answers

All questions must be submitted via E-Mail to TOCRFP@nysed.gov by April 29, 2021. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted here no later than May 13,2021.

Pre-qualification Requirement

Proposals received from applicants that are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway by 5:00 PM on the proposal due date of June 3, 2021 cannot be evaluated. Such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration. Please see the “Prequalification Requirement” section for additional information.

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The due date is May 20, 2021. Please send the NOI to TOCRFP@nysed.gov.

NYSED Designated Contacts

Program: Doris Waiters
Fiscal: Bethany Bennett
M/WBE: Brian Hackett

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Budget Narrative Excel file
State of New York Master Contract Word document

Last Updated: April 13, 2021