Race to the Top is a U.S. Department of Education grant designed to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness. Eligible applicants must be a local education agency (LEA) located within the United States (or a consortium of LEAs from within the U.S.) that serves at least 2,000 students, wherin at least 40% of the student population is determined to be from a low-income familiy, based on free and reduce lunch eligibility. The U.S. Department of Education anticipates that it will make 15-25 awards in this round of funding and has earmarked $400 million for the competiton. Anticipated award amounts vary based on the number of students within the applicant LEA.
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Prior to submitting a full grant application, some grant making foundations request that interested applicants send in a letter of inquiry. A standard letter of inquiry should introduce the applicant nonprofit organization to the grant maker and provide a brief summary of the activity a potential grant could fund. Based on the information provided in the letter of inquiry, the grant maker will determine whether or not the applicant should submit a full grant proposal.