AIE Releases Application for School Grant Writing Collaborative

For Immediate Release

Date: April 5, 2012

NEWS RELEASE
April 5, 2012    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
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ADVANCE INNOVATIVE EDUCATION RELEASES
APPLICATION FOR SCHOOL GRANT WRITING COLLABORATIVE

Advance Innovative Education (AIE) has released an innovative project titled the Redesigning Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals (RLRP) Grant Writing Collaborative, which aims to instill business principles and entrepreneurial spirit in the educational leaders of tomorrow. Made possible by a grant from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, this collaborative is an opportunity for school teams to compete to participate in a program that will provide skills necessary to secure funding and other resources within their respective schools.  
AIE has observed a gap in grant writing knowledge of school leaders and educators. Innovative ideas, whether they involve personnel, equipment, software, or materials, require money. Because most schools operate with limited resources and fixed budgets, it is difficult to allocate funds to support many potentially promising ideas. AIE believes that training educators in this valuable skill set will result in bringing more innovative ideas to schools more rapidly, thereby improving student achievement.
A competitive application for this project has been released today for ALL schools in the following parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Applications will be accepted from now until April 20th and school teams will be selected on a competitive basis to participate. Applications with the most compelling argument for creating systemic change in areas that will improve educational systems and opportunities for the students and families in their participating school will be selected to participate.  The top school applications will be entitled to send a team to a one-day Grant Writing Seminar on May 30th or 31st.
In the weeks following the Grant Writing Seminar, teams will work with a professional grant writer on a grant application to a regional funding agency. Participating teams will also receive free access to a regional Funders Showcase on July 19th where local funders will share perspectives and insights to securing funding from the community.
At the conclusion of the collaborative, participants will have the skills in place to secure support available to help schools to improve academic achievement, enhance school climate, and improve the community around the school.
“There are millions of grant dollars available to help schools to improve academic achievement, enhance school climate, serve special populations, and improve the community around the school,” Dr. Kristy Hebert, CEO of AIE, explains, “AIE feels responsible for ensuring administrators and educators understand how to seek and secure grant funds to shore up dwindling school budgets while meaningfully involving business and community in schools.”
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