Grant Application Guidelines for Individualized Learning School Design

Education is critical to making our region better for everyone. Our education system should help all children reach their full potential. The Bush Foundation believes this requires a more individualized approach to learning, one that makes education more relevant for all students in terms of who they are (cultural relevance), how they learn (instructional relevance), and where they want to go (career relevance).

As part of its goal to make our region the national leader in individualizing education that meets the needs and ambitions of all students, the Bush Foundation partnered with 2Revolutions to go through a planning and design program, and is now offering grants to support school teams interested in implementing individualized learning models/plans that meet the following design principles:



Existing schools or soon-to-be new schools (public, public charter, or independent school) operating or intending to operate within the geographic region served by the Bush Foundation are eligible to apply through this process. School systems are also eligible to apply for funding. Specific eligibility requirements are listed below; and in the available funding levels section. 

  • Preference will be given to teams that have participated in the school design process offered by 2Revolutions from April to July 2017.
  • School teams that have gone through another school design or planning process are welcome to apply and must meet the same funding criteria. Contact to understand the application process and criteria for funding.
  • Applicants must serve students in the Bush Foundation’s service region of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 23 Native Nations that share the same geography.

Application Timeline and Process

  • Applications must be submitted electronically using the online application portal.
  • Applications will be accepted starting August 1, 2017.
  • All proposals submitted by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone) on October 1, 2017 will be reviewed by November 15, 2017.
  • Announcement of funding decisions for the first round of applications is expected to occur in December 2017.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted between October 1, 2017 through May 30, 2018. Decisions for applications received during this period will be given within 90 days from date of submission.

A cross-functional team of 2Revolutions and Bush staff, along with advisors from the education community will review and select applications based on the funding criteria above.

Available Funding Levels

Grants will be made in one of three categories. Applicants must demonstrate close alignment with the Design Principles for Individualized Learning.

Planning Grants: Up to $50,000

These grants are intended to support teams who have started the planning through the design process (April - June 2017), but need time to continue to finish developing an individualized learning school design. Example uses of funds include: creating release time for teams to continue work on the school design, incorporating stakeholder voices and working with school community members to gain buy-in, and developing details on a new learning model. Grant funds must be expended within 12 months of receipt.

Implementation Support Grants: Up to $100,000

These grants are intended to support teams that are ready to implement their new learning model at some scale. The funds should be used to create the new learning environment, and may include steps such as: teacher training, curriculum and assessment development, and other supports for implementation of the new learning model. Grant funds must be expended within 24 months of receipt.

Whole School Design Grants: Up to $300,000

These grants are intended to support teams ready to fully implement their new school design within an entire school or school system. Teams applying for this level of funding will be ready to deeply implement their learning model across a broad range of grades and subjects, as well as be committed to supporting a two- to five-year implementation process to deeply embed the new learning design in their school or school system. Grant funds should be expended over a period of 24 to 36 months of receipt.    

In some cases, schools will be permitted to seek additional grant funds after receiving an initial planning or implementation support grant. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Helpful Materials

This list includes a handful of materials that will be helpful as you complete your application:

Further Information

For further information about this initiative and the grant making process, please contact