Friday, April 3, 2020


2020-21 District Grant for Effective Schools

Grant Opportunity

Please note: The nine public school districts in The Rapides Foundation service area are invited to apply for the 2020-21 District Grant for Effective Schools. The purpose of these grants is to support district-wide school improvement plans aimed at increasing educational attainment and improving student achievement.

Grant funds may support district plan components that address professional development for teachers and/or strengthen leadership capacity within the district. Districts should determine areas of greatest need for teacher and leadership development and then address them in a defensible way that continues to deepen previous work in these areas. Districts may initiate new professional development or leadership strategies in core areas as long as those strategies follow a comprehensive data analysis.

The funding horizon for the District Grant for Effective Schools will continue until May 2022. Grants will be renewable annually subject to demonstration of progress and continued district commitment. Maximum district funding amounts are based on district characteristics and student population. Funding amounts are provided to the districts individually.

Effective Schools grant proposals must be submitted using The Rapides Foundation's online application process. (link in right column) Applicants should review the detailed Request for Updated Proposals and supporting documents thoroughly prior to proposal submission. (found in Key Materials section in right column)

Proposal Submission

Deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, May 1, 2020; 5:00 p.m. Central Time

Please note: the proposal must be fully submitted by the deadline, therefore, you must begin uploading the completed proposal and supporting documents prior to midnight. It is suggested you allow a minimum of three (3) hours for the upload process. If COVID-19 coronavirus will impact your ability to meet the deadline, please contact the Foundation as soon as possible.


For questions related to the District Grant for Effective Schools, see contact information below:

Questions about grant opportunity:
Ashley Stewart, Director of Programs
Direct line: 318-767-3006


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