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Application Format. School Leadership Program U. S. Department of Education 2005. Application Contents. Applications must include the following: Cover page (ED 424) Application abstract Table of contents Application narrative (50 pages) Budget (ED 524) and budget narrative

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Application Format

School Leadership Program

U. S. Department of Education


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Application Contents

Applications must include the following:

  • Cover page (ED 424)

  • Application abstract

  • Table of contents

  • Application narrative (50 pages)

  • Budget (ED 524) and budget narrative

  • Certifications and Assurances

  • General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) Section 427 Statement

  • Appendices (as appropriate)

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Cover Page

The following elements must be included on the cover page :

  • CFDA Number

    The Department has established separate funding categories for all projects. The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for the School Leadership Program is 84.360A.

  • Human Subjects

    Check appropriate information in the application package.

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Cover Page (continued)

  • D-U-N-S Number

    The Data Universal Numbering System provides unique numbers for identifying businesses. If you do not have one, you may request or find your D-U-N-S number by calling 800-333-0505 or visiting the Internet at

  • Proposed Budget Dates

    The budget period is October 1-September 30.

  • Project director, including contact information

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Program Abstract

  • Limit the abstract to one page:

    • Briefly describe project goals and objectives, population to be served, expected outcomes, major activities and timeline events.

    • Write the program abstract after completing the program narrative.

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Table of Contents

  • All applications must include a Table of Contents.

  • Make sure the organization of the application is clear and easy to follow.

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Project Narrative:The Critical Piece

Address the selection criteria and required program elements.

  • Need for Project (20 Points)

  • Quality of Project Design (25 Points)

  • Significance of the Project (20 Points)

  • Quality of the Management Plan (15 Points)

  • Quality of the Project Evaluation (20 Points)

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Project Narrative –Page Limit

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to limit the application narrative (addressing the selection criteria) to no more than 50 single-sided, double-spaced pages in the application narrative.

  • The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet, the budget section, the narrative budget justification, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, curriculum vitae, or bibliography of literature cited.

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Budget and Budget Narrative

  • ED Form 524

  • Budget Narrative

    • Basis for costs

    • Indirect rate

    • Cost of evaluation

    • Relation of costs to activities

    • In-kind support

    • Explanation of financial incentives

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Required Assurances

  • All required forms MUST be completed.

  • All forms are available in the application package.

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Include all supporting documents in the appendices, such as resumes or curriculum vitae for key project personnel.