City Connects Highly Rated Among i3 Proposals

The U.S. Department of Education announced the applicants for the “Investing in Innovation,” or i3, grants who achieved high ratings but were not funded. We were pleased to learn that City Connects was the next-highest-rated proposal (after the awardees) in our category of validation grants for growing programs with evidence of success–see a list of proposals and their scores here. Of the 1,700 applicants, 49 were awarded grants, 15 of those in the validation category.

In an announcement, the Department of Education said it is planning to convene a summit for the promising applicants who were highly rated but not funded “in order to continue to support innovation and evidence based practice . . . and highlight these high quality programs at a forum at which potential funding partners may support efforts that the department is unable to directly support at this time.”

The administration has requested an additional $500 million in funding to continue the i3 program in FY 2011.

For more information:

  • Visit the data.ed.gov i3 site to learn more about the  i3 proposals
  • See a summary of the City Connects i3 proposal here
  • See the 49 funded projects receiving i3 grants here
  • Follow the U.S. Department of Education on Twitter @USEDgov

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