Don't Miss Upcoming i3 Deadlines!

Last Updated: March 30, 2012

This article appeared in the March 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

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Pre-applications for the third round of the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program are due soon, and districts, groups of schools, and nonprofits are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is April 9th for the pre-application.

In this year’s competition, up to 20 “Development” grants of up to $3 million will be awarded for programs that improve student results through innovative practices. This year’s application has been simplified and requires fewer supporting documents than in previous rounds. A sixth absolute priority has also been added, “Parent and Family Engagement.” Organizations submitting the highest-rated pre-applications will be invited to submit a full application.

A link to the pre-application materials can be found here.

The Department is also seeking peer reviewers for the i3 grant competition, and interested applicants should submit their resume and application online, including those who have previously applied. Potential reviewers must have expertise in one of the i3 program’s absolute priorities, one of which is improving rural achievement. The original deadline of March 21st has been extended, and applicants should apply as soon as possible. Instructions for completing the application process can be found online here.

Read more from the March 2012 Rural Policy Matters.