Next-Gen Learning Challenges Grants

Source: Next Generation Learning Challenges website, Mar 2013

Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two types of grants – Launch Grants and Planning Grants – from developers of new, whole-school, breakthrough schools at the secondary level (students within grades 6-12).

NGLC will award 20 launch grants of $150,000 guaranteed plus up to $300,000 available in 1:1 matching funds and will award 30 planning grants of $100,000 each.

Breakthrough Schools Planning Grants
30 Breakthrough School Planning grants will be awarded to schools (districts, charter management organizations, aspiring charter entrepreneurs, non-profit and for-profit school developers, state education agencies and other institutions, agencies, or entities) that are planning on opening a new, whole-school learning model in the fall of 2014 or the fall of 2015. The goal of the planning grant program is to support school developers earlier in the development process and to encourage non-traditional institutions to consider opening new, breakthrough schools.

Breakthrough Schools Launch Grants
20 launch grants will be awarded to support new, whole-school learning models that will open in the fall of 2013 or in the fall of 2014. Our ultimate goal is to build a robust pipeline of new breakthrough schools that serve secondary school students (within grades 6-12). Such schools must employ the seven design principles for personalized learning described in our RFP, and must be committed to achieving breakthrough results for all students.


April 22, 2013

Cycle 1                                                           School Openings

Launch                                                                        Fall 2013

Planning*                                                                    Fall 2014

December 2, 2013

Cycle 2                                                           School Openings

Launch                                                                        Fall 2014

Planning                                                                      Fall 2015
*Planning grantees from Cycle 1 will be able (and are encouraged) to apply for a launch grant in Cycle 2.

Applicants for a planning grant are expected to submit the following:

  • A five (5) page concept paper outlining the proposal’s:
    • Academic model
    • Boldness and impact
    • Scalability
    • Capacity
    • Advantages
  • Resume(s) of the key applicant(s)

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