Office of Commissioner of Higher Education


Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program

Grant Overview

Basic Grant Project Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Improving Teacher Quality Grant provided by OCHE (the SAHE), a proposed grant project must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Develop and maintain a significant and equitable partnership involving (1) one institution of higher education, including its division that prepares teachers and principals, (2) one school of arts and sciences, and (3) one high-need school
  • Develop a project that focuses its impact on helping the high-need school ensure its teachers are highly qualified and have the knowledge and teaching skills they need to help all students achieve to high standards
  • Develop a project that contributes to high-quality teaching and leadership throughout the state
  • Develop a project based on scientifically based research (e.g. research involving the application of rigorous, systematic, and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid knowledge relevant to education activities and programs)

Grant Award Timing

Due to the nature of federal funding periods, the Title II Improving Teacher Quality Grant will run from January 1 to December 31 each year as opposed to the typical state fiscal year of July 1 to June 30.

Proposed Project Priorities

Grant project proposals that focus on enhancing Montana's education priorities will be given preference over proposals that do not.

Multi-year Projects

Since the purpose of the Title II grant is to ensure highly-effective, long-term results, grant projects that span up to three years will be considered above single year projects. Since federal funds are not guaranteed, multiple year projects will still have to apply for funding each year for the life of the project.

Multi-funded Projects

A Title II grant project can be part of a larger funded research project so long as all aspects of the Title II grant budget are clearly and separately accounted for.



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