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School Improvement Grants

Title I, A School Improvement Fund Number(s)Title I, A School Improvement Receipt Number
  • 2021-2022 Next Gen SIG Information

    Award Details

    The IDOE will award a cohort of Next Gen SIG recipients annually. The information below provides details about current and past grant awards.

    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. Rather, 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.

    Grant Objectives

    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

    Additional information about grant design and expectations can be found HERE.

    Questions about the grant program or planning application can be sent to

    Grant Eligibility

    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 2021/2022 Next Gen SIG program closed on April 15, 2022. Check back in early Fall 2022 for information about the 2022/2023 Next Gen SIG application information. A direct message will be sent to LEA’s that include one or more eligible schools once these materials are finalized and the application window is announced.

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    Rubric for Evaluating Evidence-Based Interventions

    • Annotated study that represents high-quality research but cannot be used as EBI for SIG purposes

    Peer Review of School Improvement Grants

    SIG Eligibility List

    SIG Options

    FY 21 SIG Implementation Funding

    Submission Instructions:
    By the noted due date below, LEAs must submit the SIG applications via the Title I app center via the opened FY 21 SIG application. Utilize the attachments tab to upload the corresponding Word documents below. The respective funding amount, $50,000 or $200,000, has been added to each eligible school.


    No new planning grants will be offered due to hold harmless except for newly identified CSI schools for graduation rate purposes only.

  • SY 2020-2021 School Improvement Grant Information


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.


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.