This $100,000- $150,000 award is designed to provide necessary start-up capital to bridge the gap between initial launch and full school enrollment. For example, these grants could be used to provide funding for costs associated with hiring staff before a school launches to accommodate the phase-in process, building network support capacity, making facilities improvements and investing in technology infrastructure. These investments will be contingent upon awardees meeting critical benchmarks during the planning and school-design phases
This award, ranging in amount between $200,000 and $1.5 million, is designed to enable operators to enhance structural capacity (personnel needs, network systems, etc.) as they grow into multi-site networks, and eventually become financially sustainable. Schools that may be considered for this award must meet a set of rigorous criteria, and will also have ongoing benchmarks that will be reported to The Mind Trust throughout the award period.
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