What types of schools are eligible?

The Learning Innovation Fund is open to a diverse range of national microschool models, serving grades K-12 with various funding methods such as private, online, public, and ESA; full-time schools are preferred.

My microschool is not located in the United States. May I apply?

Unfortunately, no; the grant is currently only available to microschools located within the United States. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to stay updated for any future opportunities that may have a broader geographical scope.

Are there any non-negotiable features the microschool / proposal must demonstrate?

Yes, microschool proposals must demonstrate how models have educated historically under-served populations. 

When is the survey of intent due?

The survey of intent must be submitted by September 23, 2023.

What size of student body is considered “micro” in this grant?

A microschool is intentionally small, with a student body ranging from 5 to 150 students.

What basic criteria must the microschool / applicant meet?

The microschool model must demonstrate the following:  

  • Evidence of a high-engagement learning model
  • Innovation in teaching and learning and promotes learner agency and inclusion
  • Proof of viability, scalability and sustainability of the proposed model
  • Objectives and strategies that include long-term outcomes extending into adulthood
  • Methods by which to measure successful achievement of gains in literacy, numeracy, agency, social and emotional wellness indicators, and other features of the model
  • Data collection and analysis techniques for quantitative and qualitative data

What rubric will you be using to assess the surveys of intent?

The rubric used for assessment includes criteria can be found here.

If my survey of intent is moved through to the application phase, what is the process?

 Approved submissions of the survey of intent will be invited to submit a detailed application. This application will undergo a thorough review by evaluators and fund stakeholders.

If my survey of intent is moved through to the application phase, what is the timeline?

On October 1, successful applicants will receive notifications, while non-selected applicants will also be informed. Those proceeding to the next phase will receive an invitation to complete the application process. The deadline for applications is noon on November 1, 2023. Grant recipients will be announced on December 1.

What does “scaling” entail?

Scaling primarily focuses on replicating the microschool model to create more options. This can encompass forming networks, establishing multiple sites, or developing schools-within-schools that are designed to be replicated within a larger educational institution.

Am I eligible if I don’t want to expand my school, but have resources I share with other microschool leaders (& prospective leaders)?

No, but we highly value your assistance and expertise. We’re actively creating a community of practice and aggregating best practices to benefit the selected microschools. Collaboration plays a pivotal role in our initiative, and your contributions are greatly appreciated.

I’m not ready yet, but I will be soon. What is the timeline for the second round of this grant?

The second round of the grant program (Cohort 2) is scheduled to begin in June 2024, providing funds for the 2024-25 school year.

Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any additional questions. We look forward to receiving your comprehensive proposal and working together to shape the future of education through innovative and sustainable models!