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Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) Grant

In-Kind Donations of Internet Technology to USA School Districts to
Promote Equitable Educational Opportunities for Underserved Students

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In-kind grants of internet technology and support to USA school districts. The purpose of this program is to ensure equitable access to technology and education for underserved students. Eligible schools are those serving middle and high school students with a minimum of a 65% free and reduced lunch rate.

Verizon now offers two programs for schools and districts with demonstrated need: 

1:1 Device Model

With the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools 1:1 Device Model, you receive free devices with data plans so students have access both in and outside of school. You also receive financial and professional learning support for a full-time coach focused on helping teachers design and deliver hands-on learning experiences so all students can have access to the education they deserve. Learn more at

Hotspot Model

With the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Hotspot Model, you receive mobile hotspots with data access, professional development for teachers, and opportunities for collaboration with other educators. Learn more at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193821

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each VILS 1:1 Device school recieves:
- A device for each student and teacher in middle and/or high school grades.
- Up to four (4) years of a Verizon Wireless 30GB LTE data plan for each device.
- Full IT implementation support and assistance with device protection.
- Comprehensive, ongoing professional learning experiences for all faculty.
- An annual stipend to partially subsidize a full-time, school-based instructional coach for two years.
- Regular opportunities to collaborate with a national network of more than 500 schools.
- Opportunities from Verizon partners to bring more STEM into schools.

Each VILS Hotspot school receives:
- Mobile hotspots with two (2) years of Verizon Wireless 30GB LTE monthly data plans for students without reliable home internet access.
- Regular opportunities to collaborate with a national network of innovative, technology-driven school leaders and educators.
- Full IT implementation support and assistance.
- Up to $8,500 to support instructional coaching and professional learning.
- Access to virtual, asynchronous professional learning in the form of Teacher Training Pathways aligned to micro-credentials.

Term of Contract:

VILS 1:1 Device Model: This is a two-year program with the option to extend to four years.
VILS Hotspot Model: Each student with demonstrated need will receive a mobile hotspot with two (2) years of Verizon Wireless LTE monthly 30GB data plan.*

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any interested U.S. school district may submit an application with at least two schools. To qualify for consideration, each school must serve students in middle or high school grades and have no less than 65% free and reduced lunch rate.

Before applying to the Hotspot Model, please be sure your application meets the following criteria:
- Application includes 2-12 middle and/or high schools in a single district or network.
- Schools already have 1:1 device programs for students, with devices going home with students.
- Schools have a way to document student need for internet access out of school.
- Schools are able to identify a VILS Liaison (ideally an instructional coach) and an Information Technology (IT) specialist to support the program.
- Teachers are able to participate in virtual, asynchronous VILS professional learning each semester, with at least 30% completing a VILS Teacher Training Pathway and submitting for a micro-credential.

Pre-proposal Conference:

VILS Cohort 9 1:1 Informational Webinar
This is an informational webinar about the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program and the 1:1 Model. Participants will gain an understanding of:
- the VILS 1:1 Model
- the IT and professional learning supports
- the research requirements for participation in VILS
- the application process and timeline
Sep 1, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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VILS: Cohort 9 Hotspot Model Informational Webinar
This is an informational webinar about the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program and the Hotspot Model. Participants will gain an understanding of:
- The VILS Hotspot Model
- The IT and professional learning supports
- The application process and timeline
Sep 1, 2021 12:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register at

Join the informational webinar on Tuesday, September 28, at 5 p.m. ET!
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Pre-Application Information:

Digital Promise will select a new cohort of districts to join the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative this fall. Applicants are invited to complete the Round 1 Application by September 30. Select districts and schools will move on to Round 2. Applications are being reviewed and processed as they are received, so it is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Application Process:
- Round 1—short form to determine eligibility (August – September 2021)
- Round 2—written application to understand if the program will be a good fit for your district (August – October 2021)
- Round 3—interview with all relevant district and school leaders (October – November 2021)
- Round 4—site visit to potential schools (October – November 2021)

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

Begin the VILS 1:1 Device Model district application at

Begin the VILS Hotspot Model district application at

If you have any additional questions, please contact

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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

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