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School Improvement Grants

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

    2024-2025 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 windowReview window
    Finalist interviews
    Spring 2024Late Spring - Early SummerSummerAugust 2024

    The NextGen SIG Application is open through Friday, May 24. This scoring rubric will be used to evaluate applications. View a PDF of the application ahead of submission. Contact with any questions.

    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. 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 $3,000,000 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.

    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

    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 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.

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    Rubric for Evaluating Evidence-Based Interventions

    FY 23 SIG Eligibility List

    FY 23 SIG Implementation Funding

    Submission Instructions:
    By the March 31, 2023, LEAs must submit the SIG applications via an email with the application and budget template to

    Application WindowASAP
    Application ReviewIf submitted by March 31...
    10 Business Days - Rolling Review Process
    Project PeriodNewly 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.

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