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NewSchools Invent

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Develop Innovative
PreK-12 Public Schools for the Underserved

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NewSchools Venture Fund

Deadline Date:

11/11/19 12:00 PM PT


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Grants to USA nonprofits for financial, management, and community relations support to develop innovative PreK-12 public schools in underserved communities. Funding is intended to support new, innovative public schools that will prepare young people to finish high school ready to create and live the lives they want. These schools will re-imagine the learning experience for students, particularly those from underserved communities.

NewSchools Invent is designed for teams of educators who are committed to launching an innovative public school and would benefit from additional support. The goal is to accelerate a team’s progress toward a successful launch by providing assistance in three key areas:

  • Financial Support: Planning grants during the critical planning period of up to 14 months before school launch. At the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation.
  • Community of Practice: Participation in an active community of practice to build relationships with and learn from peer organizations from across the country.
  • Management Assistance: Direct support from the Fund's team, participation in research efforts to inform practice, and connections to external experts.

Investment Criteria:

  1. Passionate, capable and diverse teams
  2. Engage the communities they aim to serve
  3. Reimagine the student experience
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  5. Plan appropriately and execute effectively
  6. Aspire to expand their impact beyond a single school

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182499

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grants of $200,000

Term of Contract:

For Fall 2019, the primary focus is on new schools that will open in Fall 2021.

Planning grants are for critical planning period of up to 14 months before school launch.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for an Invent investment, applicants must:
- Meet all six Investment Criteria;
- Plan to launch their first or second district or charter or public school in 2021;
- Enroll students within the PreK-12 grade span on a full-time basis; and
- Be eligible to receive public funding.

In addition, charter applicants must:
- Have or be working toward 501c3 non-profit status;
- Have an approved charter or be on track toward securing one; and

In addition, district school applicants must:
- Have a formal letter of endorsement from the board and superintendent (or equivalent);
- Have or be working toward an agreement with the district office that ensures the school will have necessary facilities, funding and academic and operational autonomies to support the implementation of their school design plan; and
- Have ideally identified key members of the school leadership team.

NewSchools Venture Fund seeks mission-driven, entrepreneurial leaders who show passion, personal integrity, and the ability to achieve outstanding results. In addition, they also look for a diverse leadership team and board with the competencies and experiences necessary to design and launch an innovative public school. Collectively, this team must bring skills and relevant backgrounds in instruction, school management and business operations, as well as an emphasis on innovation and continuous improvement. 

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12pm PT. The Fund will notify teams they want to move to the next stage in the process by December 16, 2019. Interviews will take place in January 2020.

- December 2019: Selected teams invited to interview
- March 2020: Decisions announced
- May 6-7 2020: First Community of Practice Meeting at NewSchools Summit

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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NewSchools Venture Fund
616 Franklin Street, Second Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(T) 415.615.6860
(F) 415.615.6861

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming