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Grants to USA Charter Organizations and School Districts to Develop New Public Schools

Innovative Schools Grants


GrantWatch ID# 182499
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
NewSchools Venture Fund
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/30/22
Deadline: 01/27/23 5:00 PM PT

Grant Description
Grants to USA charter organizations and school districts to support the development of new and innovative schools. The goal of the program is to enhance education and encourage success for all students, including those from underserved communities. Priority will be given to school districts, Latino leaders, virtual and hybrid school models, and new models that emphasize multiple pathways.

NewSchools is looking for educators who are designing new, innovative public schools launching in Fall 2023. Through this annual funding opportunity, NewSchools helps early-stage charter organizations launch their first and/or second school in a new network, and support district schools with the autonomy to develop and implement innovative instructional designs. While the ideas NewSchools supports will involve varying approaches, all the schools in the portfolio are committed to three design principles: an expanded definition of student success, equity, and innovation. In addition, these teams aspire to expand their impact by serving more students directly or by influencing the work of other educators.

The goal of this program is to accelerate a team’s progress towards designing and opening an innovative school by providing assistance in three key areas:

  1. Financial support: NewSchools provides funding to support a team’s first three years of operating a new school. 
  2. Community of Practice: Teams participate in an active community of practice to build relationships with and learn from peer organizations from across the country.
  3. Management assistance: NewSchools provides teams with relevant, timely and differentiated support. This includes access to experts in the field, coaching, and resources to meet teams where they are.

This year, NewSchools is particularly interested in the following:

  • School districts: NewSchools believes that school districts can create new learning environments that lead to academic and social-emotional success for all students, especially low-income students and students of color. 
  • Latino leaders: It is necessary to tap into the entrepreneurial energy within the Latino community to fund relevant and effective school designs that meet the needs of all students.
  • New models that emphasize multiple pathways: NewSchools is particularly interested in new models that guide students through the transition from high school to employment and continued learning. 
    • Virtual and hybrid school models: Given the realities of the pandemic and the needs of students and families, NewSchools is interested in supporting more virtual and hybrid school models that center an expanded definition of student success, equity, and innovation.


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    Eligibility
    • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

    Additional Criteria for Eligibility
    NewSchools seeks mission-driven, innovative leaders who show passion, visionary leadership, personal integrity, and the ability to achieve outstanding results. However, they cannot do this work alone, and must also recruit and lead a team with the competencies, experiences and diversity necessary to design and launch an innovative public school. Collectively, this team must bring skills and relevant backgrounds in instruction, equity, school management and operations, as well as an emphasis on innovation and continuous improvement. Leaders should be open to working closely with NewSchools and being an active member of communities of practice with fellow portfolio members.

    To be considered for an investment, applicants must:
    - Plan to open a new, innovative public school in fall 2023, including:
    a) New district schools
    b) The first or second school of an emerging public charter school network
    c) A new school with a different model in an existing network
    - Enroll students within the PK-12 grade span on a full-time basis
    - Be eligible to receive public funding
    - NewSchools is open to ​​funding brick-and-mortar, virtual and hybrid school models

    Pre-Proposal Conference
    Webinar: November 30 at 9am PT

    Register here: https://bit.ly/IPSWebinar2024

    Pre-Application Information
    Timeline:
    - Application opens: November 7, 2022
    - 1:1 Coaching: Dec 12, Dec 14, Jan 9, & Jan 12
    - NewSchools staff will be offline due to the holidays and will not be able to support with application questions: December 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022
    - Application closes: January 27, 2023 at 5pm PT
    - Interviews with the NewSchools team: March-April
    - Notification of final funding decision by the end of May

    Contact Information
    Apply online: https://newschools.fluxx.io/

    Send questions to invent@newschools.org.

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