Funding Watch: Investing in Innovation (i3)


Funding for Next Generation High Schools

Looking for funding to personalize and strengthen your CTE programs? Launching this spring, more than $20 million in funding to support next-generation high schools will be awarded through the latest Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program.  These competitive grants will boost access to real-world and hands-on learning; increase personalized and active learning; deepen ties to post-secondary institutions; and focus on equity in STEM opportunities.


This is the first time the i3 program is focused on high school redesign. The i3 program offers grants through a three-tiered approach:

  • Development grants for practices that are relatively untested by have high-potential;
  • Validation grants for promising practices with moderate evidence; and
  • Scale-up grants for the expansion or replication of practices that are supported with strong evidence.


The Development grant application will be announced March 14th, while Validation and Scale-up grant applications are to be released May 2nd.

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Paula Love, Ed.D.

Known in the industry as the Matchmaker of Funding or the Funding Doctor, these phrases truly capture the essence of Dr. Paula Love. She is a renowned funding expert with decades of experience delivering grant strategies for for-profit and nonprofit organizations, state and local educational agencies, schools, and institutions of higher learning. Without a doubt, Dr. Love knows funding from every perspective, from the classroom to the boardroom. Her nearly 40-year career has earned her great respect as a highly successful funding guru, but it is a little-known fact that this work actually began at an early age. Young seven-year-old Paula rallied a community, raising so much money for cystic fibrosis that she made the front-page headlines in a prominent newspaper. Her desire for funding continued into her high school years, where she led her classmates to raise the bar in fundraising. And that passion for helping others continues today, bringing funding resources to companies, classrooms, and organizations. Dr. Love is a highly skilled funding consultant with a wealth of insight to offer to every company and organization she assists, helping improve processes and efficiencies while uncovering new opportunities for financial growth.