October 9, 2009
Release of Proposed Requirements and Selection Criteria for the Investing in Innovation Fund
ARRA INFORMATION FROM STATE SUPERINTENDENT PATRICIA I. WRIGHT
The U.S. Department of Education has released the proposed priorities, criteria, and requirements for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund grant program for school divisions, school consortia, and partnerships of the same with nonprofit organizations. Under the proposed priorities, grants would be awarded in three categories:
- Scale-up Grants: The largest possible grant category is focused on programs and practices with the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of students. Applicants must have a strong base of evidence that their program has had a significant effect on improving student achievement.
- Validation Grants: Existing, promising programs that have good evidence of their impact and are ready to improve their evidence base while expanding in their own and other communities.
- Development Grants: The smallest grant level designed to support new and high-potential practices whose impact should be studied further.
Grant recipients will be required to match federal funds with public or private dollars. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate how their programs will be sustainable after their federal grants are completed.
The U.S. Department of Education will collect public comment on the proposed priorities for 30 days. It plans to publish a final application in early 2010 and accept proposals in the spring. All money under the program will be obligated by September 30, 2010.
A fact sheet, a PowerPoint presentation, and other information about the proposed requirements for the Investing in Innovation Fund, including how to submit public comment, are available on the USED Website.
###Also see complete information on the ARRA Competitive Grants section of this site.