School Improvement Grants
|Title I, A School Improvement Fund Number(s)||Title I, A School Improvement Receipt Number|
- Next Gen SIG Information
2023-2024 Next Generation School Improvement Grants
The Office of School Support and Transformation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for planning grants as part of the Next Generation School Improvement Grant (NextGen SIG) program. This is a competitive grant to aid in school transformation. Eligibility for this grant extends to all schools currently identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) under Indiana’s ESSA Plan. Interested school officials can read more about the grant program on this NextGen SIG memo. A list of eligible schools can be found here.
Application window Review window
6/9/2023-8/4/2023 8/8/2023-9/1/2023 9/6/2023-9/8/2023 9/15/2023
The NextGen SIG Application link will remain open through August 4, 2023. Here is the scoring rubric that will be used to evaluate the application. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
The IDOE will award a cohort of Next Gen SIG recipients annually. The information below provides details about current and past grant awards.
- Cohort 1 - Details related to the inaugural cohort of Next Gen SIG recipients can be found in the Next Gen SIG Cohort 1 Award Summary.
- Cohort 2 - Details related to the cohort of Next Gen SIG recipients can be found in the Next Gen SIG Cohort 2 Award Summary.
Next Generation School Improvement Grant
The Next Generation School Improvement Grant (“Next Gen SIG”) is designed to provide funds to local education agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate a strong commitment to transforming the traditional educational experience into one that more strategically aligns to students’ academic and personal needs. Next Gen SIG will provide grants on a competitive basis to support planning and implementation of transformational plans in one or more schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and/or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI).
Next Gen SIG is distinct from prior school improvement grant programs that took a more programmatic approach to school improvement. Next Gen SIG takes a systemic approach to school transformation meant to rethink and reconsider the fundamental structures that exist within underperforming schools to better meet student needs. This grant overview provides a detailed overview of the grant objectives, grant design, and application requirements. Interested applicants are encouraged to review this information carefully prior to applying. A link to the memo can be found here.
Eligible Entities and available funds
Next Gen SIG is a competitive 4-year grant, worth up to $3 million total for school. The Next Gen SIG program is open to schools identified for CSI and TSI pursuant to Indiana’s approved ESSA State Plan. Successful grantees will receive up to $300,000 in Planning Grant funds for academic year 1 and up to $2,700,000 million distributed over the remaining 3 academic years for implementation. Applicants will be asked to identify whether the proposal is designed to transform one school or strategically transform multiple schools within the LEA.
Next Gen SIG aims to encourage and support school transformation plans that:
- Engage and empower a school community (families, educators, community leaders, employers, etc.) to inform and influence the educational experience to align to student needs most effectively.
- Rethink governance structures to shift authority over critical decision making over time/schedule, personnel/human resources, fiscal/budget, and programs/curriculum down to the school community level.
- Secure, through external partners or demonstrated internal capacity, the expertise necessary to successfully design and implement a comprehensive school/system transformation plan.
- Demonstrate a commitment and belief in the ability for all students to achieve by setting clear performance benchmarks that put students on a trajectory to live a life of choice and opportunity.
Additional Grant Information
Questions about the grant program or planning application can be sent to SchoolImprovement@doe.in.gov.
The Next Gen SIG program is supported through federal school improvement funds. Federal law limits eligibility to schools identified for Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support & Improvement (TSI). An updated list of eligible schools will be provided prior to the next grant cycle.
Grant Application and Budget Template
The application window for the Next Gen SIG program will open early June and close mid-August. Interviews for finalists will conclude by the end of August, with final awardees announced in September. A direct message will be sent to LEAs that include one or more eligible schools once these materials are finalized and the application window is announced.
- Annotated study that represents high-quality research but cannot be used as EBI for SIG purposes
- Menu of Evidence-Based Approaches Aligned with 5essentials
FY 23 SIG Implementation Funding
By the March 31, 2023, LEAs must submit the SIG applications via an email with the application and budget template to SchoolImprovement@doe.in.gov.
Application Window ASAP Application Review If submitted by March 31...
10 Business Days - Rolling Review Process
Project Period Newly Identified Schools...
Date of Notification through September 30, 2023
(Liquidate by December 15, 2023)
Schools in Year 2+...
October 7, 2023 through September 30, 2023
School Improvement Grants (SIG), are authorized under section 1003(g) of No Child Left Behind. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to schools in districts with the greatest need for funds and the strongest commitment to provide adequate resources and support. The LEA must implement one of four school intervention models: turnaround model, restart model, school closure, or transformation model.
Key Documents and Forms
These school improvement funds are authorized under section 1003(a) of No Child Left Behind and are intended to support school improvement activities that take new, innovative and systemic approaches to improving student achievement and school quality. Generally funds are awarded in a tiered system based on need and priority.