Background Information on State of Iowa Grants:
The preschool expansion bill, which would eliminate public preschool waiting lists and help leverage our IWF funding, pass the Senate but not the House. The reason was cost. Estimates had the bill costing $20-25 million annual for many years down the road.
English Language Literacy Grant Program
Passed during the 2014 legislative session. Appropriates $500,000 to the Department of Education to fund the English Language Literacy Grant Program: establish an English Language Literacy for All Grant Program which is made available to all school districts.
Priority for the grants are for school districts with the highest percentage of students identified as limited English proficient, school districts that have large numbers of students determined to be limited English proficient, or to school districts that have a diversity of languages of origin spoken by students determined to be limited English proficient.
For informational purposes.
In 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a 3-year, $1.2 million grant to the Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council for the project entitled “Iowa STEM Education Evaluation (I-SEE): Navigating the Iowa STEM Roadmap.”
The proposed plan is to build a coordinated statewide evaluation system that comprehensively assesses the educational and economic changes that occur throughout a long-term statewide STEM initiative.
Also, by signing House File 604 on June 20, 2014, Governor Branstad approved the legislatures’ recommended $5.2 million in funding for Year 2 of Iowa’s STEM education initiative guided by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
Explore more resources for leveraging grants:
• Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) (DNR)
• Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
• Iowa Economic Development Authority
• Iowa Department of Transportation
• Iowa Department of Public Health
• Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
• Iowa Department of Agriculture