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NewSchools Invent

Grants to USA Nonprofits to
Develop New PreK-12 Schools

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Foundation / Corporation

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NewSchools Venture Fund

Deadline Date:

02/05/20 11:00 AM PST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and school districts to support the development of a new and innovative Pre-K-12 district or charter school. Funding is intended to enhance education for children from underserved communities and to increase the number of students who finish high school prepared for the future.

NewSchools Invent invests in teams of educators who want to launch new, innovative public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and live the lives they want – good lives, full of opportunity, choices, connection and meaning. These schools will reimagine the learning experience for students, particularly those from underserved communities. NewSchools Invent is a major part of NewSchools’ Innovative Schools portfolio.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Community of Practice: Participation in an active community of practice to build relationships with and learn from peer organizations from across the country.
  3. Management Assistance: Direct support from our team, participation in research efforts to inform practice, and connections to external experts.

Investment Criteria

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

For more information on Investment Criteria, see the Eligibility page in Pre-Application Information  and the Investment Criteria document in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182499

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grants of $200,000 during the planning period. At the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation.

Term of Contract:

Planning grants are for 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for an Invent investment, applicants must:
- Plan to launch their first or second public school (charter or district) in Fall 2020
- Enroll students within the PK-12 grade span on a full-time basis
- Be eligible to receive public funding.
- Meet all six investment criteria

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

District Applicants Must:
- Have a formal letter of endorsement from the school board and superintendent
- Have or be working toward an agreement that ensures the school will have necessary academic and operational autonomies, as well as facilities and funding support
- Have identified key members of of the school leadership team (It is preferred for district applicants to apply with a school team that will lead the design work)

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 11am PST.

Selection Timeline:
- January 8th, 2020: Application Launch
- February 5th, 2020: Application Deadline
- April 2020: Decisions Announced
- May 2020: First Community of Practice Meeting at NewSchools Summit

Teams who are moving forward to the next stage in the process will be notified by the end of February. Teams who are invited to the next stage will be asked to prepare a presentation as part of a 75-minute video interview. Video interviews will take place in March and final decisions will be made by April.

For more information, see the pre-recorded webinar to learn more about this funding opportunity, and find tips on how best to complete the application. Access both the video recording and the presentation slides via the links in Supporting Documents below.

For FAQs, see the URL for Full Text link below.

For Eligibility:

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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If you have any questions, please email

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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

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