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2021 Ed-Prize

Request for Proposals: 2021 Ed-Prize

Purpose: State Policy Network, in partnership with our sponsors at the Challenge Foundation, is seeking to invest in projects that will develop ambitious, innovative solutions to advance flexible learning models, drive accountability through transparency, and improve performance in K-12 education programs and finances.

Eligibility: This highly competitive grants program is open to all members of the education community. Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designation to apply for funding. A limited number of projects will be selected for funding, with grant awards likely ranging from $20,000 to $75,000. Projects can include marketing and implementation plans. Only one proposal from each organization will be accepted.

Proposal Guidelines and Award Criteria: SPN seeks proposals that fit within two primary areas of focus: policy development and civil society.

  • Policy Development: Create public policy solutions to:
    • Increase access to blended/digital education in rural school districts to empower children in traditionally low-performing regions to achieve better educational outcomes;
    • Demonstrate a clear path to improvements in education outcomes via student performance data, especially in schools with documented poor performance; and/or
    • Increase transparency in education financing to empower parents and teachers to hold their schools accountable.
  • Civil Society: Implement solutions that directly improve student outcomes:
    • Create private education options or alternatives;
    • Launch outreach programs to engage parents in creating better education options in their communities; and/or
    • Implement curriculum or programs that work with current public or private schools.

SPN will not accept or consider applications for school choice initiatives unless they offer novel, transformational approaches to school choice, as we aim for Ed-Prize to inspire new solutions to improve education outcomes across the country.

Application Process

Deadline: July 19, 2021

Proposals should be submitted through the application form below. Hard copies or proposals submitted via email will not be accepted. Applications will be notified of their status by mid-August 2021.

As part of the application project, you will be asked to include:

  • Executive Summary (100 words or less): A clear and succinct summary of the project you are proposing and the amount of funding you are requesting.
  • Project Outline & Budget: The project outline should include a description of the proposed policy and/or idea, an explanation of why this project is feasible in your state, the strategy you will use to enact the policy and/or idea, and the anticipated impact and a clear timeframe of when you expect to see results. The project budget should clearly explain the expected use of the grant funds. The project outline and budget should not exceed a total of three pages.

    Please note: The project outline and budget should be uploaded in one document (.doc format).

Application

Contact

Please contact Michael Chartier (mchartier@spn.org) with any additional questions.