2016 Innovation Grants Competition Opens Soon

Agency: Education Dept. (Office of Innovation & Improvement); Program: Investing in Innovation (i3) (CFDA Number: 84.411C — Development grants); Eligibility: School districts, partnerships between nonprofits and at least one school district, and a consortium of schools (the project period can run from 36-60 months); Funding (estimated): $120 million for multiple awards; Deadline (tentative): December.

Summary: Look for the solicitation to be released in March with a December deadline. This program seeks to implement and expand innovative practices shown to help improve student achievement and/or decrease dropout rates. Projects which include compelling evidence showing positive results in achieving reforms are most likely to win awards.

DoEd implemented new absolute priorities in the competition, focusing on areas of acute need, teacher development, underserved students and technology. Previous priorities on early childhood education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education will remain unchanged. The program site is located at: http://tinyurl.com/CDP0215a1

The solicitation for the i3 Scale-up Grants (CFDA Number: 84.411A) up to $20 million each and the i3 Validation Grants (CFDA Number: 84.411B) up to $12 million each, is to be released later this year. Get a jump start by going to last year’s solicitation at: http://tinyurl.com/o7ovsjh  

DoEd recently announced that all 13 winners of the 2015 Investing in Innovation (i3) grants have been able to finalize their awards by securing the necessary private funding to fulfill their non-federal match obligation (http://tinyurl.com/pap2avu).  

The 13 organizations — selected from more than 400 applications — had to secure private sector matching funds by December 2015 or lose their award money, which would have been redistributed to others on the i3 awards list. Through these projects, i3 will support local efforts to start or expand evidence-based programs that can transform the academic trajectory of students.

Info: Carol Lyons, 202/453-7122, i3@ed.gov

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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