The NIFA application is open and due by July 15. There are three ways to qualify for NIFA.
TEA has posted correspondence here letting districts know that the NIFA application is open and due by July 15. The legislature increased the appropriation for this program last session, and so it is more important than ever for you to submit your application on time if your district is opening a new campus next year or operated a new campus for the first time last year.
As a reminder, there are three ways you can qualify for NIFA. From TEA:
- An initial application applies to a facility not occupied before the 2019–2020 school year and that has never before received NIFA funds. To qualify for initial (first-year) funding, the campus must be occupied for the first time in the 2019–2020 school year. All documents described above are required.
- A one-year application is for a facility that was occupied for the first time in the 2018–2019 school year but did not receive funding because of the district’s failure to apply for funding before opening the campus. A one-year application must include all documents required of an initial application. To qualify for one-year funding, the instructional facility must have been occupied for the first time in 2018–2019 but must not have received NIFA funds for the first year of occupation. All documents described above are required.
- A follow-up application is for a facility that was occupied for the first time in the 2018–2019 school year and received NIFA funding for that year. Funding for the second year is based on the number of students in ADA as compared to the number in the first year. To qualify for follow-up (second-year) funding, the campus must have been occupied for the first time in 2018–2019 and must have received NIFA funds for that (prior) year. Applicants do not need to resubmit the required documents for follow-up applications.
You can find out more about program eligibility, how to apply, and potential funding at the correspondence link above.