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$6 million grant opportunity for innovative public schools, applications open


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Students In David Silvas’ Class At Florence High School Work Together In Class. Photo Courtesy Florence Unified School District

A for Arizona launched a $6 million grant opportunity to help Arizona public schools replicate programs that provide meaningful results for students and develop innovative solutions focused on student excellence. This new $6 million effort is supported by federal relief dollars provided by Governor Doug Ducey to increase high quality education options and invest in bold ideas by Arizona’s entrepreneurial educators. A for Arizona will distribute the dollars through its Expansion & Innovation Fund to eligible public school teachers, principals, or system leaders who are reimagining education models, accelerating best practices, and innovating around community-based solutions.

“Arizona school leaders, educators and families go above and beyond to serve K-12 students and our local communities,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “When equipped with resources, regulatory runway and school choice opportunities, public school leaders will create programs and learning models that result in quality outcomes and learning experiences for students — no matter the challenge. I thank A for Arizona for their continued partnership to support kids and empower schools with resources and technical support to bring their innovative education ideas to life.”

A for Arizona’s Expansion & Innovation Fund provides seed funding to launch community-driven solutions, develop innovative learning models aimed to redefine teaching and learning, and scale best practices to better support Arizona’s most vulnerable student populations.

“Arizona is full of entrupreneurs with thoughtful plans to redesign their school model and implement new solutions to better serve their students no matter the classroom set-up,” said Emily Anne Gullickson, Founder and CEO of A for Arizona. “Through our Expansion & Innovation Fund, we’ve seen incredible models, small learning communities, creative collaborative partnerships and out-of-the-box technology solutions come to life that have directly and immediately addressed the needs of Arizona students and families. It has never been more critical to reimagine education and the ways we can best serve students and accelerate learning. We look forward to empowering more educators with seed funding to bring their bold ideas into action.”

The online portal for the Expansion & Innovation Fund is live and applications are due Wednesday, March 30th by 5pm AZ time. Public school teachers, principals, and system leaders are all eligible to apply. Grant requests cannot exceed $1 million.

Since its launch, A for Arizona has awarded over $21 million in seed funding through its Expansion & Innovation Fund forming a diverse portfolio of school replications, solutions to modernizing K-12 transportation, innovative learning models aimed to boldly reimagine education, and identify best practices to better support Arizona’s most vulnerable student populations.

For more information, visit: https://aforarizona.org/expansion-innovation-fund