Impact Initiative Grant Application

Welcome to The Global Grid for Learning™ (GG4L™) on-demand Grant application for the Safer Schools in America Impact Initiative (SSIA),and thank you for wanting to be part of this important work! The SSIA On-Demand Free Trial Grant is an in-kind grant with a total estimated value of $15 million annually if fully realized. It is focused on EdTech applications that support a safer school environment in order to enable teaching and learning. Solutions range across the 7 research-based domains from campus security, physical health and wellness, emotional and behavioral health, emergency preparedness and management, digital safety, community engagement, and healthy school and district culture.

The On-Demand Free Trial Grant enables schools and districts to ASSESS their progress implementing best practices for school safety using technology, DISCOVER validated EdTech solutions that can save them time and money and make them more efficient and effective, and APPLY for an in-kind grant that allows them to select any vendor’s solution in the Safer School Catalog of curated EdTech solutions for the use of the school year.

Our goal is to make it possible for schools and districts to have access to the best EdTech that can solve their needs.

What should I expect?

GG4L Member school and districts worldwide may apply and qualify for the grant which will fund 1 school for 1 year of a school choice pre-integrated school safety EdTech solution. Over 45 providers have been identified to date with deployment and usage at no cost to the school for the school-year program term**.

The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete and approval takes less than 24 hours. Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation.

Upon approval you or your district will be asked to acknowledge the grant, become a Member at no cost, complete the integration of GG4L Connect and Passport for the chosen school or schools in order to implement the selected vendor solution and commit to fully implementing the solution you have selected. Anonymized and disaggregated usage data and/or surveys will be collected for determining the impact of the initiative.

** Please note that selection of a vendor may have additional hardware or professional services costs associated with it.

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This application should be filled in and submitted by a district representative with signatory authority for the grant.

Grant Application Safer Schools Initiative:

The Safer Schools in America Impact Initiative is aimed at supporting students, educators and parents by addressing the activities and conditions that impact teaching and learning. School safety can be defined as the expansive range of activities needed to foster safer school environments, including emotional, physical and digital safety, emergency preparedness, school facilities, culture, and community engagement.  It includes reducing bullying, violence, physical abuse, vandalism, and substance abuse. School safety also includes examining physical conditions such as school building design, lights, locks, alarms, as well as threats that are the result of technology vulnerabilities. It also requires preparing students and adults for emergency readiness and the management of potentially dangerous situations and addressing the communications of those situations during and after the emergency.

This application should be filled in and submitted by a district representative with signatory authority for the grant:

Grant Applicant:

Note: Only GG4L members can apply for inclusion in the grant and membership is free. If your school district is not a member yet, we will send you an email after submitting this grant application with membership application, GG4L Pledge and instructions.

At GG4L we are always interested in determining the best ways to share our research and information about the resources that are available to address common issues in education. Your input will help us refine how we most effectively share information.

Please take a minute to review a few of the most commonly asked questions about our Impact Initiative grantmaking:

Grant Application FAQ

How do we define an “Impact Initiative?”

Data-driven, evidence-informed decision making is essential for those charged with making decisions about teaching and learning in our schools. In line with best practices and ESSA requirements, an Impact Initiative is the act of measuring the effect of a EdTech solution on an identified problem in education. It is grounded in a belief that an independent assessment of efficacy allows researchers and practitioners to identify best practices that can lead to successful outcomes – outcomes that should be shared so that teaching and learning can improve. The GG4L Impact Initiative Programs are a joint effort by GG4L and McREL International (McREL). McREL, a 501(c)3, is a Tier 1 educational research institute with substantial resources and experience, with funding from the federal government (including a Regional Educational Laboratory, a Comprehensive Center, and numerous grants), state and local education agencies, and for- and non-profits.

How will my school and district benefit?

GG4L’s Platform will enable each school to track usage and outcomes data for each solution. The generated data will be aggregated, anonymized and analyzed by McREL and GG4L in order to provide quarterly and annual reports to all stakeholders. This information can then be used to make decisions about the overall product impact and effectiveness and in turn purchasing decisions.

What types of Impact Initiatives does GG4L fund?

We are always looking to support new and innovative ideas and efforts that help ensure all educators, children, families and communities – regardless of race or income – have opportunities to reach their full potential. GG4L wants to be sure that EdTech can be easily deployed, sustained and validated for the benefit of teaching and learning. While not an exhaustive list, over the next 36 months, we are looking to fund Initiatives such as:

  • College and Career Readiness
  • STEM
  • Early Literacy
  • Special Education

Please note, this online application is only designed for a specific Initiative and is by invitation only. If your organization is seeking inclusion in another GG4L Initiative or would like to recommend an Initiative, you should contact us at to discuss further.

Where does GG4L fund?

GG4L currently provides grant support in the United States. Please stay tuned as we are working on establishing The Grid internationally and will fund education initiatives globally in the near future.

Who does GG4L fund?

GG4L funds schools, districts, and education service agencies. To be eligible for grant support, your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service. As a result, we are not able to provide funding directly to individuals.

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