Absolute priorities describe items that a State must address in its application in order to receive an award. States do not write directly to the absolute priorities; instead, reviewers determine if the priorities are met after evaluating a State's response to all of the Selection Criteria. We consider for funding only applications that meet the absolute priorities. A competitive preference priority describes an area of particular interest for which an applicant may earn additional points. States may respond to the competitive preference priority throughout their application, as appropriate, as well as through a summary of the State's approach to addressing the priority. This priority is evaluated in the context of the State's entire application. Invitational priorities signal areas the Department is particularly interested in; applicants may choose to address one or both invitational priorities. Applicants who meet an invitational priority do not earn extra points and are not given preference over other applications.