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Ed-Prize Grant Program

Apply for the investment you need to bring your innovative education solution to life and create a brighter future for American families and students.

Request for Proposals: 2022 Ed-Prize Grant Opportunity 

(Application Period is Now Closed)

Purpose: Ed-Prize is a grant program that inspires and accelerates new solutions to improve education outcomes across the country. State Policy Network, thanks to the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation, seeks to invest in ambitious, innovative projects—ones that advance flexible learning models, drive accountability through transparency, empower education entrepreneurs, and improve performance in K-12 education programs and finances. 

Eligibility: This highly competitive grant program is open to all non-profit 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 to receive a grant award. Amounts will range from $20,000 to $75,000. Projects can include marketing and implementation plans, and only one proposal from each organization will be accepted. 

Proposal Guidelinesand 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 non-traditional 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. Our intent is for Ed-Prize to inspire new solutions to improve education outcomes across the country. 

Application Process 

Deadline: June 17, 2022 

Proposals should be submitted through the application form below. Hard copies or proposals submitted via email will not be accepted. Applications will go through a rigorous vetting process consisting of two judging sessions, and applicants will be notified of their status by mid-August 2022.

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, clear measurements of success 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.
  • A copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter must be submitted with your application in order to be considered.

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

Application Contact

Please contact Jennifer Thompson with any additional questions at jthompson@spn.org.