Student achievement and diversity focus for ED grants

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is now accepting applications for the Investing in Innovation (i3) and Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant programs.

i3 supports the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates. It is estimated nine to 11 awards will be granted in amounts up to $3 million for 36-60 month program periods. Applications are due May 25. Visit ED's website for more details.

MSAP provides grants to magnet schools under a required or voluntary desegregation plan. In this year’s competition, the ED is particularly interested in projects that implement multiple, complementary strategies to increase the socio-economic integration of schools in an effort to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority group isolation. It is estimated eight to 10 awards will be granted in amounts ranging from $700,000 to $4 million per year for a 36-month program period. Applications are due June 1. Visit the Grants.gov website for more details.

Other grant opportunities are available through the PSBA Grant Support Program.