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New Schools Venture Fund opens application for funding

Written by Lindsay Tooker

NewSchools is looking for educators who are designing new, innovative public schools launching in Fall 2024. Through this annual funding opportunity, they help early-stage charter organizations launch their first and/or second school in a new network, and support district schools to develop and implement innovative instructional designs within new schools. While the ideas they support involve varying approaches, all the schools in NewSchools’ portfolio are committed to three design principles: an expanded definition of student success, equity, and innovation. In addition, these teams aspire to expand their impact by serving more students directly or by influencing the work of other educators.

NewSchools is accepting applications through January 27 to fund the design of K-12 public schools — both district and charter — that bring to life an expanded definition of student success.

The goal of the funding program is to accelerate a team’s progress towards designing and opening an innovative school by providing assistance in three key areas:

  • Financial support: NewSchools provides a one-year grant of $215,000 to support a team’s planning year (12-14 months prior to opening a new school). Each team is also eligible to receive additional funding to support the school’s first three years of operation.
  • Community of Practice: Teams participate in an active community of practice to build relationships with and learn from peer organizations from across the country.
  • Management assistance: NewSchools provides teams with relevant, timely, and differentiated support. This includes access to experts in the field, coaching, and resources to meet teams where they are.

To learn more about this opportunity, register for an informational webinar on Wednesday, November 30 at 9am PT. You can also see the full grant requirements, instructions, and FAQs at or email with any questions.

Applicant supports
Webinar: November 30 at 9am PT
1:1 Coaching: Dec 12, Dec 14, Jan 9, & Jan 12

Key Dates
Application opens: November 7, 2022
Application closes: January 27, 2023 at 5pm PT
Interviews with the NewSchools team: March-April
Notification of final funding decision by the end of May

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About the author

Lindsay Tooker

Lindsay has worked professionally in the nonprofit world since 2006 in both programmatic and development roles. She graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a BA in Communication, and has specialized in grant writing and fundraising communications for more than five years.
Lindsay is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Junior League.