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PreK-12 School Innovation Planning Grant

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Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) - Department of Learning and Innovation

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05/13/22 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Virginia public schools and public school divisions for innovative educational strategies to benefit PreK-12 students. Funding is intended for planning activities. The goals of the program include identifying promising practices for scaling across the state and encouraging new models of school organization and instruction.

The intent of the PreK-12 School Innovation Planning (PK12 SIP) Grant is to provide a public school division, or a consortium of public school divisions, (hereinafter referred to as “the school division”) a structured framework upon which it can systematically develop and plan to implement a substantive innovation plan in one or more PreK-12 schools with intent to scale across the division(s).  

School division proposals must clearly describe plans for “out-of-the-box” and innovative thinking and represent a substantively new approach to the proposed model. An “edited version” of the current standard is not the intent of this planning grant. Each school division should consider the following when developing a plan for innovation:

  • The innovation plan will employ nontraditional approaches to curriculum, instruction, assessment, governance, graduation, and/or school operations, preferably several of these areas acting together in a systematic fashion and will be designed to enhance teaching and learning for all students.  
  • A restructured model resulting from the innovation plan should be designed to provide students with new and innovative opportunities for learning, personal growth, intellectual and physical engagement, and achievement outside traditional delivery models. 
  • The innovation plan may propose an alternative school governance model that:
    • Includes authentic participation, shared decision making, and consensus among students, staff, parents, and the community; and 
    • Requires structures and options outside of current state accreditation standards.
  • The innovation plan may propose to restructure conventional classifications for licensed and endorsed staff beyond the traditional roles and develop ways of compensating staff other than standardized salary scales.
  • The newly designed innovation model must be able to operate within current funding levels. Applications should not create school models that require additional funding.  The program intent is to create models that can: 
    • Serve as demonstration sites for successful innovative practices; 
    • Be replicated across the state with minimal funding impact; and 
    • Inform future education policy.
  • The planning grant proposal should incorporate in its application a systemic model comprised of innovative strategies that: 
    • Have been shown to be effective in educational research; and 
    • Are created by the school or division particular to its own community, unique setting, and/or identified educational demands.

For more information, see Page 2 of the RFP document in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 202490

Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds requested through this application may not exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Award: July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Virginia public school divisions and full-time regional public schools, with a local school board, are eligible to apply for a PK12 SIP grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-proposal webinar will be held at 1 p.m. on March 30, 2022.

You must click the link to register for the webinar in order to attend:

Pre-Application Information:

Completed proposals must be received electronically by the VDOE no later than 4 p.m. on May 13, 2022.

- Preapplication Meeting (webinar)– March 30, 2022
- Proposal Due– May 13, 2022
- Preliminary Award Notification– August 1, 2022
- Official Grant Award Notification– August 30, 2022

Contact Information:

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

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For additional information, please contact Dr. Brendon Albon, Director of STEM and Innovation, Department of Learning and Innovation, by email at or by telephone at (804) 786-2481.

If you have a specific budget question, please contact Maecy Richmond, Grants and Reports Manager for the Office of STEM and Innovation at (804) 225-3609 or

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USA: Virginia

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