Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: VALIDATION GRANTS

2015-08-04: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: VALIDATION GRANTS CFDA Number 84.411B
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-060515-002
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement | Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-08-04
Award Ceiling: $12,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 2
Description: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.access.gpo.gov…. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Purpose of Program: The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The central design element of the i3 program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding that an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project. Applicants proposing practices supported by limited evidence can receive relatively small grants that support the development and initial evaluation of promising practices and help to identify new solutions to pressing challenges; applicants proposing practices supported by evidence from rigorous evaluations, such as large randomized controlled trials, can receive sizable grants to support expansion across the country. This structure provides incentives for applicants to build evidence of effectiveness of their proposed projects and to address the barriers to serving more students across schools, districts, and States. As importantly, all i3 projects are required to generate additional evidence of effectiveness. All i3 grantees must use part of their budgets to conduct independent evaluations (as defined in this notice) of their projects. This ensures that projects funded under the i3 program contribute significantly to improving the information available to practitioners and policymakers about which practices work, for which types of students, and in what contexts. The Department awards three types of grants under this program: “Development” grants, “Validation” grants, and “Scale-up” grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project. This notice invites applications for Validation grants only. The notice inviting applications for Scale-up grants is published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The notice inviting applications for Development grants was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2015 (80 FR 16648) and is available at www.gpo.gov…. Validation grants provide funding to support expansion of projects supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness (as defined in this notice) to the national level (as defined in this notice) or regional level (as defined in this notice). Validation grants must further assess the effectiveness of the i3-supported practice through a rigorous evaluation, with particular focus on the populations for, and the contexts in, which the practice is most effective. We expect and consider it appropriate that each applicant propose to use the Validation funding to build its capacity to deliver the i3-supported practice, particularly early in the funding period, to successfully reach the level of scale proposed in its application. Additionally, we expect each applicant to address any specific barriers to the growth or scaling of the organization or practice (including barriers related to cost-effectiveness) in order to deliver the i3-supported practice at the proposed level of scale and provide strategies to address these barriers as part of its proposed scaling plan. All Validation grantees must evaluate the effectiveness of the practice that the supported project implements and expands. We expect that these evaluations will be conducted in a variety of contexts and for a variety of students, will identify the core elements of the practice, and will codify the practices to support adoption or replication by the applicant and other entities. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.411B (Validation grants). Applications for grants under the i3 program,
Link: www.grants.gov…

Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: SCALE-UP GRANTS

2015-08-04: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: SCALE-UP GRANTS CFDA Number 84.411A
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-060515-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement | Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-08-04
Award Ceiling: $20,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.access.gpo.gov…. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Purpose of Program: The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The central design element of the i3 program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding that an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project. Applicants proposing practices supported by limited evidence can receive relatively small grants that support the development and initial evaluation of promising practices and help to identify new solutions to pressing challenges; applicants proposing practices supported by evidence from rigorous evaluations, such as large randomized controlled trials, can receive sizable grants to support expansion across the country. This structure provides incentives for applicants to build evidence of effectiveness of their proposed projects and to address the barriers to serving more students across schools, districts, and States. As importantly, all i3 projects are required to generate additional evidence of effectiveness. All i3 grantees must use part of their budgets to conduct independent evaluations (as defined in this notice) of their projects. This ensures that projects funded under the i3 program contribute significantly to improving the information available to practitioners and policymakers about which practices work, for which types of students, and in what contexts. The Department awards three types of grants under this program: “Development” grants, “Validation” grants, and “Scale-up” grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project. This notice invites applications for Scale-up grants only. The notice inviting applications for Validation grants is published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The notice inviting applications for Development grants was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2015 (80 FR 16648) and is available at www.gpo.gov…. Scale-up grants provide funding to support expansion of projects supported by strong evidence of effectiveness (as defined in this notice) to the national level (as defined in this notice). In addition to improving outcomes for an increasing number of high-need students, Scale-up grants will generate information about the students and contexts for which a practice is most effective. We expect that Scale-up grants will increase practitioners’ and policymakers’ understanding of strategies that allow organizations or practices to expand quickly and efficiently while maintaining their effectiveness. All Scale-up grantees must evaluate the effectiveness of the i3-supported practice that the project implements and expands. This is particularly important in instances in which the proposed project includes changing the i3-supported practice in order to more efficiently reach the proposed level of scale (for example, by developing technology-enabled training tools). The evaluation of a Scale-up grant must identify the core elements of, and codify, the i3-supported practice that the project implements in order to support adoption or replication by other entities. We also expect that evaluations of Scale-up grants will be conducted in a variety of contexts and for a variety of students in order to determine the context(s) and population(s) for which the i3-supported practice is most effective. We remind LEAs of the continuing applicability of the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students who may be served under i3 grants. Any grants in which LEAs participate must be consistent with the rights, protections, and processes established under IDEA for students who are receiving special education and related services or are in the process of being evaluated to determine their eligibility for such services. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.411A (Scale-up grants). Applications for grants under the i3 program,
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2015-08-12: Media Projects

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150812-TD
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-08-12
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Description: Media Projects grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video. Radio projects, including podcasts, may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. They may be intended for regional or national distribution. NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components to a film, television, or radio project. These components should deepen the audience’s understanding of the subject in a supplementary manner: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplementary educational websites, or museum exhibitions. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or treatment and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement. Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-08-04: NEA Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Program Solicitation

2015-08-04: NEA Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Program Solicitation, FY2015
Funding Opportunity Number: NEAPS1503
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Independent school districts | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: NEA
Closing Date: 2015-08-04
Award Ceiling: $525,000
Description: This Cooperative Agreement will begin no earlier than December 15, 2015, and end on September 30, 2016. The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization (Cooperator) to administer the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national coalition of more than 100 organizations representing the arts and education fields as well as the government and private sectors. The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) The AEP was established in 1995 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the U. S. Department of Education (ED), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to disseminate information about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels with the arts and education fields. Funded annually through an interagency agreement between NEA and ED, the AEP is a hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all students nationwide by focusing on research and policy, advancing critical dialogue, and improving policy and practice.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-08-24: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150824-AE
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-08-24
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Description: NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones. NEH Humanities Initiatives may • create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities; • support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses), and enhance existing ones; • support humanities contributions to professional training (in such fields as business, law, economics, technology, and nursing and medicine); • develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students; • help institutions take advantage of humanities resources, especially in the digital humanities; and • support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-07-29: Skills for Success Program

2015-07-29: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Skills for Success Program CFDA Number 84.215H
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-060915-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-07-29
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 4
Description: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.access.gpo.gov…. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Purpose of Program: The Skills for Success Program supports Local Educational Agencies \1\ (LEAs) and their partners in implementing, evaluating, and refining tools and approaches for developing the non-cognitive skills of middle-grades students in order to increase student success. Grants provide funding for the implementation, evaluation, and refinement of existing tools and approaches (e.g., digital games, growth mindset classroom activities, experiential learning opportunities) that integrate the development of students’ non- cognitive skills into classroom-level activities and existing strategies designed to improve schools. As grantees implement their projects, we expect them to collect, analyze, and use data to improve their tools and strategies throughout the project period. Ultimately, we expect grantees to identify and validate scalable tools and approaches that can be used by educators of high-need middle-grades students across the country. In addition, we expect that these grants will help build the capacity of LEAs and their partners to conduct research and apply that research to school- and district-level practices. This program also encourages sustainable partnerships that can continue the use of effective tools and approaches beyond the grant period. ————————————————————————— \1\ Defined terms are noted throughout this document with initial capitals. ————————————————————————— Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215H. Applications for Skills for Success grants,
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2015-07-28: BLM-Colorado Youth Engagement and Volunteer Project

Funding Opportunity Number: L15AS00137
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Eligible Applicants Unrestricted (i. e. , open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Agency Name: DOI-BLM
Closing Date: 2015-07-28
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Engage youth through stewardship and educational opportunities in conservation projects, research, education and task associated with natural and cultural resources.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-07-24: Anecdotes to Evidence: Highlighting the impact of Environmental Education

Funding Opportunity Number: F15AS00323
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education | Environment
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: DOI-FWS
Closing Date: 2015-07-24
Award Ceiling: $90,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Identify and analyze research that demonstrates the impact of EE on achieving a variety of outcomes, and inform key stakeholders such as decision/policy makers, land managers, and EE practitioners in order to strengthen the field.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-07-15: Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

2015-07-15: The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools CFDA Number 84.282M
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-061215-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-07-15
Expected Number of Awards: 19
Description: •Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.access.gpo.gov…. Purpose of Program: The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model by expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation; providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools; and evaluating the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents. Applications for grants under the CSP Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools,
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-07-28: BLM-(Arizona), CCS Las Cienegas NCA Outreach, Engagement and Education (TFO)

Funding Opportunity Number: L15AS00141
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Eligible Applicants Unrestricted (i. e. , open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Agency Name: DOI-BLM
Closing Date: 2015-07-28
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Description of Program and/or Project a. Background: a) The Cienega Watershed Partnership Oral History Work Group (7 partners including BLM) began in 2011 to inventory, transfer to digital media, and disseminate information from existing oral histories. This work was largely completed in 2013. A second work group, Back Then, formed to look at how oral histories and other historical information aided understanding the events and practices that shaped current landscapes. Back Then has offered 3 internships for graduates studying library science to gather additional oral histories. The Cienega Watershed Timeline Project began in 2012 through a shared history exercise. An interactive timeline with 500 events now exist but is not as public-friendly as needed for many teachers, students, general public, or visitors. b) Public engagement at Las Cienegas began in 1995 and continues to be a major component of successful management. The Biological Planning field program supports implementation of the Las Cienegas Resource Management Plan (RMP) and associated adaptive management process. Science on the Sonoita Plain began as a part of the Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership and continues to involve about 100 partners and members of the public in an annual symposium. In 2015, the 6th Symposium will focus on water and general science for the area. The State of the Workshop has been held 6 times. State of Cienega Watershed 2015 focuses on cross-jurisdictional monitoring in the watershed. Recommendations will be developed on how to identify a few key indicators of watershed health that partners, agencies and the public can collect and measure. c) The Youth Engaged Stewardship (YES!) program developed starting in 2011, through a collaboration of environmental and educational organizations, to involve youth in watershed improvement projects on public land. Professional researchers, scientists and land managers from BLM, the Cienega Watershed Partnership, Ironwood Tree Experience (formerly Prescott College Program), and the Empire High School (Vail School District) developed and manage the program. YES! 2012 focused on the Cottonwood Tank site; YES! 2013 at the Cieneguita wetlands; and YES! 2014 youth completed two projects: improving wetland re-vegetation project around 3 Cieneguita ponds and restoration at the Gardner Canyon Sacaton site. YES! Has been supported by additional partners providing expertise or funding including: The Nature Conservancy, Arizona Game and Fish, Freeport-McMoRan Mining, Summit Hut, The National Park Service, University of Arizona, and the BLM. d) Educational outreach has developed at Las Cienegas through a number of partners who offer awareness programs or events. This project focuses on working directly with teachers to respond to their requests for classroom assistance, materials and developing field opportunities. Efforts began in 2013 at schools and now include multiple districts whose teachers request this assistance. b. Objectives: The principle purpose is to continue to support a long history of public involvement at Las Cienegas NCA through a variety of outreach, engagement and education projects. The objective is to make a positive impact on the Las Cienegas NCA landscape and its resources through engaging scientists, youth, the general public, teachers/educators, and volunteers. Main features of this project: 1. Disseminate the most current science and management information through newsletters, workshops and symposia, and through web postings 2. Provide channels to develop guidelines and resolutions to current issues through engaging partners and the public. 3. Collect and disseminate oral histories and shared histories which aid in understanding past and present situations, connect Las Cienegas NCA to surrounding communities, and provide rich materials for environmental and heritage education 4. Engage youth at Las Cienegas through student-driven field experience, which will develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills in managing and restoring public lands 5. Connect local educators/teachers to the resources and opportunities at Las Cienegas NCA through maintaining a web site, and by providing in-the-classroom assistance and programs. Provide outreach materials such as interpretive signs, digital links and materials, proceedings
Link: www.grants.gov…