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Beaverton Oregon School District Meets the Required i3 Match

The Beaverton School District and Young Audiences Arts for Learning have completed raising the required match to secure its i3 grant from the USDOE.The school district and partners had approximately 21 days to raise the required $800,000, not a small sum for a relatively small school district, in this economy no less.Bravo! … [Read more...]

Beaverton Oregon Bands Together Around the Arts, to Raise the i3 Match

Here's a story out of Beaverton, Oregon, concerning the USDOE's i3 matching requirement and the work going on to raise the necessary 20% private match.Click here to read Can You Help Pay for Arts in the Schools, from the Beaverton Valley Times.District leaders have 21 days to raise $800,000 in donations. … [Read more...]

USDOE’s i3 and the Arts: The Six Percent Solution

Last Thursday, a day earlier than expected, the USDOE announced the 49 winners of the Investing in Innovation grants, otherwise known as i3.There were approximately 1700 applications overall, 53 of which were focused on the arts Forty-nine applications were rated the highest and are now in a period of confirming the required 20 percent match from private funding (unless a waiver has been granted by the Department of Education). The match must be confirmed by September 8th.Three of the 49 highest rated applications were arts-focused … [Read more...]

Arts Education and the USDOE i3: Who, What, and How Much Requested

As an quick update: this just in via email from the USDOE i3 Team: Thank you for your participation in the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and for your efforts to improve public education. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) received nearly 1,700 applications for the i3 competition. We are pleased to share that we will announce the names of the highest-rated applicants on August 5, 2010. At that time, we will post a press release on the Department's Web site, as well as share further guidance on the required 20 percent … [Read more...]

Innovation in Grantmaking: The USDOE i3 Program

Wednesday Morning, May 12... I am on my way this morning up to Albany, the New York State Capitol, for a lobbying trip. Nope, it's not "lobby day for the arts." It's just another day where one of my colleagues and I go up to meet with legislators and their staff members, to advance CAE's legislative agenda. A few of us are registered lobbyists. Yes, Martha, lobbying is legal for non-profits, within certain prescribed limits. What are we lobbying for? There's some legislation we're associated with that has been introduced in the New York State … [Read more...]

Batter Up: The Federal i3 Grant Program

Today in Baltimore is the first of three technical assistance sessions across the country for potential applicants to the USDOE's i3 program. I have written two different entries on i3, click here and click here to read them.In a nutshell, the USDOE has set aside $650 million of Federal stimulus funds for education for this competitive grant program. The deadline for applications is May 11; and the "intent to apply" is "requested" by April 1st. The final guidelines were released on March 8th. There were relatively minor changes made in the … [Read more...]

Have at it. $650 million available for education innovation.

Yesterday, Arne Duncan presented an outline of his $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund. They are using the term i3 as shorthand. First there was RttT, now there's, that's right: i3. Some will find ways to establish a network of new schools or develop models that turn around low performing schools. Others will find new ways to use technology. Others might explore how to engage children in the arts to help them improve. We want the best ideas to move us forward. We will be investing in great work to scale up existing programs that have … [Read more...]

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