K-3 Innovative Early Elementary Grants for At-Risk Students
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The K-3 Innovative Early Elementary Grants for At-Risk Students provide funds to assist districts in addressing the needs of kindergarten through third grade students at-risk of educational failure. Funds support low pupil-teacher ratios, class size reduction, parent involvement, utilization of services provided by other community agencies, developmentally appropriate practices, and innovative program designs. Iowa Code section 279.51 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 65 govern the grants.
With funds appropriated by the Iowa legislature, grants are awarded through a competitive process available to eligible schools with a high percentage of low-income families in grades K-3. Priority is given to school programs which integrate at-risk children with the rest of the school population. Districts are divided into 3 categories based on size (<1199, 1200-5000, 5000 and above) and ranked by percentage of K-3 grade students on free and reduced lunch. The number of grants to be awarded will be determined by the Iowa Department of Education based on quality of grant application, established need, and availability of funds.
Applications for the K-3 Innovative Early Elementary Grants for At-Risk Students are available through the IowaGrants.gov website and due yearly on June 15. All applicants receive a letter of approval/non-approval no later than August 1 following the due date of the application.
Funding and Required Reports
Schools receive 50% of their total approved award in August, 40% at mid-year upon receipt of the school status report and mid-year claim, and the final 10% upon receipt of the year-end reports. All reports must be submitted using the forms provided within the IowaGrants.gov system.
Questions? Contact Erika Cook at email@example.com or 515-419-1104 regarding mid-year status reports and Deb Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-3146 regarding mid-year claims.