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Digital Learning Grant

Posted: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:21am Updated: Fri, 02/05/2016 - 5:00pm

The Digital Learning Grant (up to $75,000) supports districts ready to launch thoughtful 1:1 implementation plans. It is also open to districts that have assessed their current 1:1 implementation and are prepared to take the next steps, such as expanding grade levels or replicating successes from pilot projects. Funds from this grant support corporations in providing professional development, developing content and expectations, creating avenues for parent and student communication, as well as purchasing devices.

This year’s application will open January 15 and close February 5, 2016.  Public and public charter school corporations are eligible to apply if they have not already been the recipient of a previous Digital Learning Grant (2014, 2015), or a 2015-16 Innovation Planning Grant (IPG). Applicants who are successful with the online application will be invited to Indianapolis to participate in the second step of the evaluation process, the proposal pitch. In the pitch, district teams of up to four members have ten minutes to present their proposal, and then respond to ten minutes of questions and discussion with the scoring panel. Pitch days are scheduled for March 8 & 9, 2016. 

Answered Questions
In last year's application we only asked for money to buy devices. Is that why we didn't get the grant?
An application like this raises questions of balance as well as sustainability. You don't have to include budget items for professional development, leadership, and infrastructure, but if your application doesn't make it clear that your district is also addressing these issues, you are not a good candidate for money to purchase hardware. An application that devotes the entire budget to hardware also has the burden of proving that the district has a plan to maintain and refresh these devices without future grant dollars.
Is there additional insight you can give to help us prepare an application for this year's application?
At the end of last year's application, we shared the best of what we learned from grant winning districts in the blog post: Making the Pitch. Additionally, you might consider seeking guidance from a school that received the grant last year. Those districts are listed at the bottom of this page. The Office of eLearning frequently shares resources (like SETDA's Guide to Implementing Digital Learning) through our accounts on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
If we received an Innovation Planning Grant (IPG), are we eligible to apply?
Yes, with the exception of current IPG awardees (October 2015 awards). The Digital Learning Grant is the logical next step for those districts who have built a strong plan for implementation, so past IPG winners are encouraged to apply.
How can we be certain we are eligible/ineligible for this grant?
39 districts have received the Digital Learning Grant (DLG) in the past two years. 13 districts are current (2015) recipients of the Innovation Planning Grant (IPG). These districts will be ineligible for the current grant, and can be found in this comprehensive list: 2016 ineligible.pdf. Any district not represented in this list is welcome to apply.
Can we have a copy of the rubric that will be used to score the applications?
Absolutely! Download a copy here: 2016 Application Rubric.pdf
If we are awarded the grant, what are the start and end dates for spending the money?
The start date is May 1, 2016. The end date will be September 1, 2017.

Application Posted: January 15, 2016

Closed: February 5, 2016 (5:00 P.M., EDT)

Round One Notifications: February 24, 2016

Pitch Round: March 8 & 9, 2016

Final Notifications: March 14, 2016

For additional questions, please email Candice Dodson,