The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): American History and Civics Education: Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics (Academies) Program CFDA Number 84.422A

Funding Agency:
Department of Education

The Academies Program supports the establishment of: (1) Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history, civics, and government education (Presidential Academies); and (2) Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics that provide high school students opportunities to enrich their understanding of these subjects (Congressional Academies). 

The Academies Program supports projects to raise student achievement in American history and civics by improving teachers’ and students’ knowledge, understanding, and engagement with these subjects through intensive workshops with scholars, master teachers, and curriculum experts. Project activities should reflect the best available research and practice in teaching and learning. Presidential Academies will help teachers develop further expertise in the content areas of American history and civics, teaching strategies, use of technologies, and other essential elements of teaching to rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Congressional Academies are intended to broaden and deepen students’ interest in and understanding of American history and civics through the use of content-rich, engaging learning resources and strategies. 

Grantees will be expected to measure the impact of their projects on teacher development and student learning through applicable assessments. Early findings from grantee evaluations may help guide the grantee’s subsequent teacher professional development and student learning efforts over the fiveyear project period. 


  • Notice of Intent: July 10, 2017
  • Application: July 24, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants: An institution of higher education, or nonprofit educational organization, museum, library, or research center with demonstrated expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of American history and civics; or a consortium of these entities. In its application, an applicant is required to submit documentation of its organization's expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of American history or civics.



Amount Description

Estimated Range of Awards: $300,000–$700,000 per year. 

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 24, 2017