Are you familiar with the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)? The CARES Act funding can be used to support school operations, including resources to support student learning.
Expert support and resources
Our expert support and resources can help your school or district secure funding to implement Renaissance practice and assessment programs.
- Existing funds
- Foundation & corporate funding opportunities
- Federal formula funds
- Competitive grants
- Funds for summer learning
- Funds for pre-K programs
Did you know that nearly half of the funds most customers use already exist within their district? These include:
- Formula funding allocations
- Library budgets
- Technology funds
- District foundations
- Parent organizations
The best strategy for accessing these funds is to include the costs of your Renaissance programs when administrators prepare yearly budgets. If a formal proposal to an administrator is required, we can help.
Foundation or corporate support for education is often focused on specific areas of interest, such as literacy, STEM, elementary education, or secondary education.
Foundations may award grants nationwide, within a specific state, or only in designated regions or communities. Corporations usually offer grants in locations in which their employees or customers live or work.
While foundations and corporations can be a significant source of funds, writing an effective proposal can be a challenge. We can provide you tips and guidance on how best to approach the funder.
The U.S. Department of Education allocates formula funding directly to state education agencies or school districts. Renaissance's research-proven teaching, learning, and assessment tools align with the requirements of these sources.
To learn how Renaissance solutions meet the requirements of these funding sources, contact us.
Grants are highly competitive and require compelling data to support the need, precise plans for your program, and rigorous attention to detail. But receiving a grant can feel like hitting the jackpot! Your funding commitment is often multi-year, and the dollar amounts are usually substantial.
Competitive grant programs include:
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Innovative Approaches to Literacy
- Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant
The application process is demanding and requires a great deal of detailed information. If you are planning to apply for a grant, we can guide you through the process and suggest how to submit the most competitive application possible.
Did you know that you can use various funding sources to support programs that help students avoid summer learning loss? Tap into existing funds or secure new funding from sources such as foundations and corporations. Download our funding resource document to learn more.
Looking for the right summer learning product? Check out our Summer Learning Resources.
The number of states providing funding for pre-K as well as the amount of money they are contributing has increased significantly in the past few years.
At the federal level, Head Start and the Child Care and Development Fund have seen recent increases, while additional sources such as Preschool Development Grants and Comprehensive Literacy State Development grants are providing new funding opportunities.
Other programs serving pre-K children are addressed in ESSA (Titles I, II, III, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers) and by the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
Contact us to learn how you can use state or federal funding to bring Renaissance solutions to your program for young children.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted in Spring 2020 created the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to support your students’ learning needs as you navigate these challenging times. These funds will be distributed to your state based on its share of Title I funding but can be used for all students.
Renaissance solutions can be purchased with CARES Act funding. The funding can be used for:
- Purchasing educational technology, including hardware, software, and connectivity, that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and classroom teachers.
- Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months.
In addition to the new dollars, the Secretary of Education has provided waivers for funding flexibilities for title funds:
- Your district can carry over more than 15% of its Title I allocation beyond the current fiscal year. You can decide to spend the remainder of this year’s funds without carrying any of them over. With that option, you can take advantage of Renaissance pricing promotions that are time limited.
- Your district will no longer be limited to using a maximum of 15% of Title IV-A funds for technology infrastructure. This will increase your capacity to purchase hardware and software, including Renaissance products and platforms for students and educators.
Federal Funding Streams
Renaissance practice and assessment programs meet requirements for several federal funding streams.
For students who are at risk of academic failure, improving your school's capacity to change their learning trajectories is critical. Title I funds provide the dollars you can use to make this happen. Renaissance provides the tools. Learn more »
- Renaissance Accelerated Reader
- Renaissance myON Reader
- Renaissance myON News
- Renaissance Professional Development
- Renaissance Star 360
- Renaissance Star Custom
- Renaissance Star Early Literacy
- Renaissance Star Math
- Renaissance Star Reading
- Renaissance Star Spanish
- Freckle by Renaissance
- myIGDIs by Renaissance
- Schoolzilla by Renaissance
You have an important job. As a teacher, you must determine what students already know, what they need to learn, what resources you will use to teach them, and whether they are growing in their knowledge and skills. Use your school’s Title II funds to partner with Renaissance in professional development that will make your job easier and more gratifying—whether you are relatively new to the profession or a seasoned veteran. Learn more »
With rapidly changing demographics, Title III has become an increasingly important piece of district funding. See how you can use this funding to help your English learners master English with the help of Renaissance products and to provide professional development designed to improve the instruction and assessment of English learners. Learn more »
Technology has transformed society in every aspect of our day-to-day lives, not the least of which is how we acquire information and learn new ways of working. Title IV provides funding to increase schools’ capacity to more fully utilize educational technology in the classroom or via remote learning to advance students’ academic achievement and digital literacy and to integrate information from many data sources to enable administrators to better understand students’ individual needs and track their progress. Renaissance is ready to help you make effective use of your Title IV funds to expand students’ growth opportunities through our assessment, reading, and math solutions, data platform, and professional development connected to the skills you need in your classroom. Learn more »
Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants
If you are applying for one of your state’s Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants, Renaissance can lend a hand. Our assessment, literacy, and math solutions are proven to help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects – the key purpose of the program, and our 21st CCLC guidance document is full of tips for preparing a competitive submission. Moreover, we may be able to review and edit your application. Learn more »
IDEA, Part B/CEIS
Did you know that you can use up to 15% of your IDEA, Part B/CEIS funds for students who are not in special education but who need additional academic supports to succeed in school? Investing in Renaissance assessment, literacy, and math solutions and related professional development will provide a significant return in savings over the cost of placing these students in special education. Learn more »
Funding Resource Library
Click on the document titles below to access our funding resource documents.
- Title I, Part A Correlation to myON by Renaissance
- Title I, Part A Correlation to Renaissance Star Reading
- Title I, Part A Correlation to Renaissance Accelerated Reader
- Title I, Part A Correlation to Renaissance Star Early Literacy
- Title I, Part A Correlation to Renaissance Star Math
- Title I, Part A Correlation to Freckle by Renaissance
- Title I, Part A Correlation to myIGDIs by Renaissance
- Title II, Part A Correlation to Renaissance Professional Development
- Title III Correlation to Renaissance Products
- Title IV Correlation to Renaissance Products
- Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants Correlation to Renaissance Products
- IDEA, Part B/CEIS, Correlation to Renaissance Products
- Schoolzilla Correlation to Federal Programs
- Renaissance Solutions Support ESSA
- Finding Funds in Your Own Backyard
- Funding Your Renaissance Summer Literacy and Math Programs.
- Grant Writing Dictionary: Commonly-used Terms and Definitions for K–12 Grants and Funding
- Preparing a Proposal to Your Administration
- Tips for Making a Phone Call to a Foundation
- Tips for Working With a Grant Writer