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Department Announces Start of 2014 i3 Grant Competition

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March 18, 2014

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Department Announces Start of 2014 i3 Grant Competition 

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week the start of the 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition. This next round of i3 grants will provide a total of $134 million to partnerships of schools districts and nonprofit organizations.  The announcement included a new set of grant priorities and a pre-application for the competition’s “development” category. The development category, which funds grantees with promising but relatively untested ideas, has been the most popular grant category throughout the previous four i3 competitions. This year's project priorities for this category include effective use of technology, improving academic outcomes for English learners, improving academic outcomes for students with disabilities, improving the effectiveness of teachers or principals, improving low-performing schools, and serving rural communities. The pre-application for development grants, which provide up to $3 million in funding, are due by April 14, 2014. The department will announce the start of applications for the “validation” and “scale-up” categories in the coming months.

The i3 fund was established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to provide competitive grants to applicants for innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement and growth. To date, the Department of Education has funded 92 unique i3 projects. Pre-applications and additional grant information are available of the department’s website.

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