Barr Foundation Seeks Proposals for Innovative High School Programs

The Boston-based Barr Foundation is seeking proposals for innovative public high schools and programs across New England that are designed to support students who are off track to graduate.

Through its multiyear Engage New England: Doing High School Differently initiative, Barr focuses on improving secondary outcomes for New England youth who are off track for graduation by supporting, incubating, growing, and promoting promising public high school and program models that address the specific needs of students. Through the program, the foundation aims to support both existing and new models with significant funding, in-depth technical assistance, and a shared learning community that serves to help develop, elevate, and improve high-quality secondary options for students off track to graduate in New England.

In this second funding cycle, the foundation anticipates supporting a cohort of up to eight grantees from across New England seeking to seed or grow pioneering whole-school models that can effectively boost graduation rates and college readiness for students who have not found the support they need through traditional education models.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for up to $150,000 for a year of planning. Subsequently, Barr will invite a select group of planning awardees to apply for a two-year implementation grant of up to $750,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be an entity interested in opening a new school or launching a new program; making improvements to an existing school or program; and/or growing a school or program. Preference will be given to applicants focused on a school or program that leads to a high school diploma; is an option of choice for participating students; and intentionally serves high school students off track to graduate.

See the Barr Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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