Grant Application Assistance
As a CTAP Region 8 office, SBCEO is committed to providing information and support to districts and schools applying for technology grants from the California Department of Education.
Current: E-rate Program
E-rate is a federal program of the Federal Communications Commission, administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company. It provides eligible K-12 public schools and libraries 20% to 90% discounts on approved telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections costs. E-rate discounts are based on the number of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Schools and libraries in low-income urban communities and rural areas qualify for higher discounts. Although the E-rate application process can be difficult, every school district should consider applying for E-rate discounts as the discounts are significant. Approved technology plans are required for Tier Two E-rate participation, which is available selectively to those schools with the highest percentage of students in the free lunch program.
Follow this link to the technology plan status for E-rate.
Current: Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program
Funding for this program resulted from a Settlement Agreement between the State of California and the Microsoft Corporation. The due date to apply for this program has passed but a final round of distributions is pending to schools selected for first round funding. At the time of distribution of vouchers, such schools must have a current educational technology plan approved by the CDE. Participating schools may use vouchers to purchase hardware, software, technical support, and professional development. Schools must purchase products or services that are eligible for reimbursement, and the vouchers for those purchases are subsequently redeemed for cash.