Applications opened on 4 February 2016 for the £1.5 million Innovation Fund 2016 to help schools close the attainment gap.
Schools can choose whether to apply quickly for funds to run projects that are ready to start from March 2016, or to consider bids for the 2016/17 financial year. Education Scotland is working with The Scottish Government to review and distribute the awards.
Under the twin track application scheme, schools can apply:
Notification will be given by the end of April.
The Fund is open to all publicly funded primary, secondary and special schools in Scotland which are not already benefitting from the Attainment Scotland Fund. Proposals should have a particular focus on literacy, numeracy or health and wellbeing. They can be new ideas, or a project with a specific focus, building on what has had the greatest impact within a school, cluster or group of schools. This may include projects involving parental / family engagement and career-long professional development or those that help develop and realise aspirations for children and young people.
The Innovation Fund is part of the £100 million Attainment Scotland Fund previously announced by the First Minister in her drive to eliminate the attainment gap between children from our least and most deprived communities.
Further details of the Innovation Fund 2016 are available on the Scottish Government’s website.