Kellogg & Rural Trust helping rural schools compete for $650 mil. in stimulus grants
By Jon H. Harsch
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Washington, April 1 – Facing a May 11 deadline to apply for
Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grants, rural schools will get extra help
to guide them through the application process. On April 1, the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation announced a $1.4 million grant to the
The Rural Trust will provide on-site workshops and other outreach efforts to ensure that rural applicants are informed of the i3 requirements and application process. The Rural Trust will also assist rural school applicants in identifying promising innovations, completing applications, and building long-term capacity to apply for competitive grants in the future.
support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation comes at a crucial time for rural
schools and communities,” said Dr. Doris Terry Williams, executive director of
“We believe that every student – including those in rural communities – should have access to the finest education available,” said Sterling K. Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “The funding allocated as part of the Investing in Innovation i3 effort provides an unusual and exciting opportunity for rural students, but the application requirements at first glance could have some districts deciding not to participate. We have partnered with the Rural Trust to help remove obstacles and provide the support necessary to make the application process easier and doable. We would strongly encourage rural schools to seize the opportunity to apply for i3 funds.”
To learn how your school district can receive support, go to: www.ruraledu.org/i3.html. To learn about other education and learning programs the Kellogg Foundation supports, go to: www.wkkf.org/what-we-support/educated-kids.aspx.
The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) was established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and provides competitive grants to applicants (schools, school districts, and partnering nonprofit organizations) with a record of improving student achievement and expanding the implementation and investment of innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.
of Education Arne Duncan welcomed the partnership between Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and community program to help vulnerable children achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. For more information on the Foundation, go to: www.wkkf.org.
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