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The Iowa Programs for At-Risk Early Elementary Students is a grant made available to eligible Iowa public elementary schools in a year in which the Iowa legislature appropriates funds. The grant provides funds to assist schools in addressing the needs of kindergarten through third grade students who are at-risk of educational failure. Funds can be used to support at-risk elementary students in Grades K-3 in the areas of academic (cognitive), social, physical, or emotional development.
Funds are awarded to elementary schools with a high percentage of low-income families in Grades K-3, as reported on the previous year’s fall certified enrollment report (SRI). Elementary schools notified by the Iowa Department of Education are eligible to receive funding.
Funds are awarded on a three-year cycle with annual renewal contingent upon the grantee meeting the requirements outlined in Iowa administrative rules.
Funds received under this program must be used to supplement, not supplant, funds that would otherwise be used for the activities supported by the program.
Due Dates, Forms, and Guidance
- Submit the 2022-23 Award Acceptance Form to the Department no later than August 22, 2022 (Google form).
- Submit the Initial Project Description and Budget forms in IowaGrants.gov by August 31, 2022.
- Submit Mid-Year Progress Report and Claim in IowaGrants.gov by February 18, 2023.
- Submit End-Of-Year Progress Report and Claim in IowaGrants.gov by July 18, 2023.
Grant Application and Implementation Guidance - Applicants should thoroughly read the Grant Application and Implementation Guidance before completing the Initial Project and Budget forms on IowaGrants.gov.
Online application forms are accessible on the IowaGrants.gov website.
New users: refer to the IowaGrants.gov - Grantee Instructions for Registering document for instructions on how to set up an account or transfer an account.
Laws, Rules, and Policy
Iowa Administrative Code 281-65 (effective May 31, 2017)
Iowa Administrative Code 281-98 (effective March 21, 2018)
Questions? Contact Leigh Bellville at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-689-3717 regarding progress reports and Tana Mullen at email@example.com or 515-281-3333 regarding fiscal claims and questions pertaining to the IowaGrants.gov system.