Free Webinar: The New i3 Application & Priorities: A Roadmap for Education Funder


Join us on Monday, March 15 at 3:30 for an hour-long webinar on the new i3 application & priorities. This webinar is free and designed as a guide to the new application for education funders.

Part of the Foundation Center’s Foundations for Education Excellence initiative, the webinar is presented in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Grantmakers for Education, and the Philanthropy Roundtable, and through support from the C.S. Mott Foundation and the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Education.

Here’s some background:

On March 8, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Department of Education’s grant application and final notice for the $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). Entrepreneurial nonprofits are invited to join with school districts or a consortium of schools to apply for the competitive grants that will focus on the Obama Administration’s school reform agenda.

Education funders have a vital role to play in supporting the i3 application process, including identifying top-notch applicants and encouraging them to apply, providing matching funds for successful candidates, or serving as peer reviewers.

To help grantmakers make the most of this opportunity, the Foundation Center is pleased to host a discussion featuring Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary, and Shivam Shah, Director of Special Initiatives, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. Moderated by Suzanne Immerman, the Department’s Director of Philanthropic Engagement, the presenters will discuss:

  • the chief components of the i3 Funds’ grant application and final priorities
  • the significant changes made since the initial proposal competition notice was issued last fall
  • the unique role grantmakers can play in this process, including the required 20 percent cash or in-kind match from the private sector.

Mr. Shelton and Ms. Shah will respond to questions and comments from participants who will have the opportunity to submit written questions online during the Q & A session.

Register by Friday, March 12 .

Want more information? Here’s some background on the Investing in Innovation Fund application and final priorities, or you can read the official press release.

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One response to “Free Webinar: The New i3 Application & Priorities: A Roadmap for Education Funder

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