The Investing in Innovation Fund, a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provides competitive grants designed to encourage programs that improve student achievement, student retention, student graduation rates, and teacher/administrator effectiveness. To this end, applications are being accepted by local school districts, groups of school districts, and non-profits working with groups of schools or whole districts.
Eligibility and Priorities
There are several eligibility requirements for those applying for i3 grants. Successful proposals must be geared toward any of the following, according to ED: "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."
In addition, there are four other priorities that will enhance an applicant's ability to receive funding: "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."
Additional information about the Investing in Innovation Fund is available on the U.S. Department of Education's Web site.
Information for this blog was gathered from an article titled i3 Innovation Grant Program Opens written by David Nagel (March 8, 2010) from the Journal.