APPLY FOR AN INVESTING IN INNOVATION (i3) GRANT
to implement, sustain or intensify the use of the Tribes process in your school, district, or region!
The U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund will support the development of path-breaking new ideas, the validation of approaches that have demonstrated promise, and the scale-up of the nation’s most successful and proven education innovations. The fund is part of the historic $5 billion investment in school reform in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“Many of our generation’s greatest breakthroughs occur when people are willing to invest in small scale projects with big scale potential,” said Duncan. “We need to identify these pockets of promise in the education community and give them the resources they need to grow.”
Individual school districts or groups of districts can apply for the i3 grants, and entrepreneurial nonprofits can join with school districts or a consortium of schools to submit applications. To qualify for the competitive grants, applicants will need to address one of the four areas that are driving the Obama administration’s school reform agenda: supporting effective teachers and principals; improving the use of data to accelerate student achievement; complementing the implementation of standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and careers; and turning around persistently low-performing schools.
Applicants will receive a competitive preference if their project addresses one or more of the following priorities: improving outcomes for young children; expanding students’ access to college and preparing them for success in college; addressing the unique needs of students with disabilities and of limited English proficient students; and serving schools in rural areas.
In the i3 program evidence is a formal eligibility requirement. Three tiers of evidence will determine possible award amounts. Contact CenterSource to obtain supportive evidence on the effectiveness of Tribes TLC and background information for your grant proposal.
An i3 applicant must secure at least a 20% private match, but this match does not have to be secured until after the grant is awarded. The Foundation Registry i3, a consortium of 12 large foundations, simplifies the process for organizations seeking matching foundation funds. Registering your i3 proposal on the Foundation Registry i3 makes it accessible and viewable to participating member foundations.
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Every school should be a model home, a complete community
actively developing future compassionate citizens capable of creating,
leading and contributing to the kind of democratic communities
in which we all long to live.
THE TIME IS NOW!
– Jeanne Gibbs