Application Materials

The Straight A Fund grants are available to city, local, exempted village and joint vocational school districts, educational service centers, community schools, STEM schools, college-preparatory boarding schools, individual school buildings, education consortia (which may represent a partnership among school districts, school buildings, community schools or STEM schools), institutions of higher education, and private entities partnering with one or more of the entities listed above.

Each application must demonstrate how funds will be used for a project that seeks to achieve significant advancement in one or more of the following goals:

  • Student achievement;
  • Spending reduction in the five-year fiscal forecast; or
  • Utilization of a greater share of resources in the classroom.

In order to prepare to submit the online application, applicants can review the following application materials: 

Each grant applicant must submit a proposal that includes all of the following:

  • A description of the project for which the applicant is seeking a grant, including a description of how the project’s innovative concept that represents bold and visionary thinking will have substantial value and lasting impact;
  • An explanation of how the project will be self-sustaining. If the project will result in increased ongoing spending, the applicant shall show how the spending will be offset by verifiable, credible and permanent spending reductions.
  • A description of a thoughtful implementation plan that identifies quantifiable results of the project that can be benchmarked.

Scoring Process

Applications will undergo an initial screening by three separate fiscal sustainability scorers to ensure that the proposal includes an explanation of how the project will be self-sustaining. If the project will result in increased, ongoing spending, the applicant shall show how the spending will be offset by verifiable, credible and permanent spending reductions.

Upon meeting of the screening criteria, the applications and questions will be scored by three programmatic scorers. In order to receive the maximum number of points, an application must be of the highest quality and the applicant must provide a clear, strong narrative that the project will achieve the goals of the Straight A Fund. 

The scoring rubric is located at the end of the Application and Scoring Guide.

Additional Resources

  • View Straight A Program Grant Assurances which each applicant is subject to by virtue of applying.

Last Modified: 4/9/2014 3:46:43 PM