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NEW! OSSE Releases Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant RFAs

OSSE is excited to announce the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) as part of the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant awarded to OSSE by the US Department of Education (USED). The RFA was released on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 and describes the application process and requirements for the CLSD 6-12 Subgrant competition. The CLSD 6-12 subgrant competition is open to local education agencies (LEAs) serving grades 6-12.

The CLSD Subgrant Application is available on EGMS and is due on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 at 3 p.m. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applicants for the CLSD subgrant are encouraged to attend the pre-application technical assistance webinar. The webinar will be recorded.

Pre-application technical assistance webinars for the CLSD 6-12 subgrant were held on Tuesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 28. Please use the links below to access the webinar materials:

FY23 CLSD 6-12 - Materials

For questions regarding the subgrant, please email OSSE at [email protected].


In September 2020, Mayor Bowser Announced a $16 Million Federal Grant to Improve Literacy for Students. The five-year Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant will be used to support local education agencies (LEAs), child development facilities (CDFs), and nonprofit organizations in order to improve outcomes and strengthen literacy instruction for children and students, birth through grade 12. 

Following a competitive application process in 2021, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced awards for CLSD subgrants in September 2021. CLSD subgrantees will receive funding to implement evidence-based literacy interventions. Across the next four years, OSSE will disseminate more than $12.9 million to the awarded subgrantees. The awarded projects represent more than 8,800 students across the District. 

The following schools and early childhood education programs received subgrant funding and will target literacy through a range of strategies such as literacy curriculum, staff, materials, applications, professional development and high-impact tutoring.

Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant Subgrantees

School Type School Name Award Amount
Early Childhood Education AppleTree Institute $1,353,426
Early Childhood Education Bright Beginnings $357,434
Early Childhood Education Martha's Table $689,139
Grades K-5 Eagle Academy PCS $1,800,083
Grades K-5 Meridian PCS $1,709,084
Grades K-5 D.C. Preparatory Academy $1,382,944
Grades K-5 Friendship PCS $1,507,888
Grades 6-12 Meridian PCS $1,690,082
Grades 6-12 Friendship PCS $2,421,033


For questions about Literacy DC, please contact [email protected].