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State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

Request for Applications for 2021-2026 Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports (COMTSS) Implementation Grant now available!        

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View recording of October 11 RFA webinar

Description of grant

The Colorado Department of Education Office of Learning Supports (CDE/OLS) Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports (COMTSS) seeks to work with districts and schools to integrate academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports into a comprehensive system of student supports. The OLS received a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

COMTSS is a framework applied at all educational levels that uses implementation science to create one integrated system. This system is designed to support the needs of all students. COMTSS is defined as a prevention-based framework of team-driven, data-based problem solving to improve the outcomes of every student through family, school, and community partnering, comprehensive screening and assessment, and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices applied at classroom, school, district, region, and state level.

This grant opportunity focuses on professional learning activities that target the development, implementation, and sustainability of a COMTSS.

Application timeline

  • October 4, 2021: RFA released
  • October 11, 2021: Application webinar from 1 - 2 p.m. View recording of webinar here (external link). 
  • October 25, 2021: Intent to Apply due by 11:59 p.m. Fill out ITA survey. 
  • November 22, 2021: Applications due to CDE by 11:59 p.m. 
  • November 22 - December 13, 2021: Review of applications
  • December 17, 2021: Applicants notified of award status
  • Monday, January 10, 2022: Informational webinar from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Grantees attend the informational webinar about grant requirements, COMTSS District Coordinator role description, training schedule, TA structure, budgets, etc.
  • January 10 - 14, 2022: Grantees awarded funds
  • January 28, 2022: LEAs must identify COMTSS Coordinators and School Implementation Leads

The Office of Learning Supports (OLS) was awarded a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) for the 2016-2021 funding cycle. The SPDG program from the U.S. Department of Education provides funding and technical support to State Educational Agencies to assist them in reforming and improving systems within education. 


The purpose of the proposed project is to increase equitable academic and behavioral outcomes and improve access to whole child supports for students, especially students with disabilities. The two goals of this project are to:

(1) Increase district level capacity and infrastructure to support COMTSS and

(2) Increase schools’ fidelity of COMTSS to support student academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are school districts, including charter school authorizers, demonstrating a clear commitment to building sustainable systems to support COMTSS implementation. The applicant will begin supporting COMTSS implementation in at least two schools in Year One of funding and add four additional schools in Year Two if applicable.

Eligible applicants include:

  • School Districts;
  • Facility Schools approved pursuant to C.R.S. 22-2-402 (1); and
  • The Charter School Institute (CSI) on behalf of a school or a collaborative group of schools.

Note: Charter school applicants must obtain signatures from their authorizing district or CSI. If awarded a grant, the charter school’s authorizer or CSI will be the fiscal agent.

The funding allocation process includes an application submission, CDE review and award determination, budget submission, potential revision(s), and final approval by CDE.

The determination process for award amounts prioritizes the following factors:

  • the 2019 rate of students eligible for free and reduced lunch (compared to the 2020-2021 statewide average of 39.7%);
  • the rate of minority students (compared to the 2020-2021 statewide average of 47.5%);
  • the rate of students with disabilities (compared to the 2020-2021 statewide average of 11.8%); and
  • representation from all regions of the state.

Available Funds

$1,670,000 is available for this 2022-2026 grant for approximately 18 districts. Full funds will be awarded by CDE no later than January 14, 2021. Grant awardees will be responsible for spending awarded funds per the approved budget and timeline within the grant application.

Each participating district will receive $10,000 in Year One (January 15, 2022 - August 31, 2022) and $20,000 for the next four years (September 1, 2022 – September 1, 2026) to support participation in the grant. Grant awardees will be responsible for spending awarded funds per the approved budget and timeline within the grant application.


Download Request for Application

View the webinar

An application information webinar was held on October 11, 2021 from 1 - 2 p.m.

View webinar recording here


Submit your intent to apply

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, submit the Intent to Apply by Monday, October 25, 2021, by 11:59 pm. The Intent to Apply is encouraged but is informational only and completion is not required to submit an application.

Submit your intent to apply

2016-2021 Project Information

The purpose of the current SPDG project is to develop an integrated Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework in Colorado at the state, regional, district, and school level. The OLS has partnered with 31 districts and BOCES to implement MTSS in their respective sites. As a result of the project, educators will increase their use of evidence-based practices, and all students in Colorado will experience improvement in academic and behavioral outcomes. 

To achieve this purpose, the project has five goals: 

  1. Increase state leadership capacity for CO-MTSS through meaningful stakeholder collaboration and team work.
  2. Increase regional and district capacity for CO-MTSS through effective leadership, planning, and provision of professional development and technical assistance to local schools and educational buildings.
  3. Increase preschool-12, school level capacity for CO-MTSS through the implementation of team-driven shared leadership, data-based problem solving, family, school, and community partnering, and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices.
  4. Improve teacher performance through the development of district and regional systems of professional development and technical assistance.
  5. Increase family, school, and community partnering around CO-MTSS through specific partnership activities and involvement at all levels.

Consult the Current Grantee LEA page for Colorado's SPDG CO-MTSS Cohort 1 & 2 grant recipients.

Archive (JUNE 2017)

As a reference, grant application and submission materials are included below; note that these are archives, and no applications are currently being accepted.