About the Model Innovation City Equity Grant
The opportunity gap begins at birth. Nearly half of students entering kindergarten in the U.S. are at risk of failure. School districts that help families work with their children before they enroll in their schools provide the literacy foundation needed for success in school and life.
Purpose of Grant
The Model Innovation City Equity Grant is provided to school districts and cities that are interested in creating a citywide literacy initiative to level the playing field for all students by accelerating kindergarten readiness and 3rd grade reading proficiency. Footsteps2Brilliance has over a decade of experience creating turnkey, community-wide literacy initiatives that have a lasting impact on parental engagement and student success.
Collective Impact Model
Districts awarded a grant will be inducted into a Model Innovation City cohort to work together and share best practices. A Model Innovation City creates a collective impact model that organizes all stakeholders around early literacy by creating Literacy Collaboratives and Literacy Ambassadors. During the 2020-21 pandemic, Model Innovation Cities saw an increase in both usage and academic achievement in part because they had a community and digital infrastructure already in place.
Size of Grant Awards
Over the past 12 years, Footsteps2Brilliance has awarded over $100 million in Model Innovation City Equity Grants. The size of the grant is determined by the number of students served. Grant winners receive five years of free community access to proven literacy solutions, accessible without an internet connection after download.
Grant applications can be submitted from July 1st, 2023 through December 31, 2023
Who Can Apply?
K-12 School Districts, Public Libraries, Non-Profits, Cities and Municipalities
How it works
At Footsteps2Brilliance we believe that if you eliminate the preparation gap, all students have the ability to be successful in school and life. It’s for this reason that we unite communities around a unified vision for early literacy.
Increase in student participation during
2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic.
Students who use Footsteps2Brilliance 15 minutes a day
meet or exceed state benchmarks
Awards and Achievements
What Leading Educators Say
"Footsteps2Brilliance is a breakthrough program that has the potential to transform public education."
“One of the most powerful components of Footsteps2Brilliance is my ability, as a superintendent, to pull a report every day that tells me who is using the program and for how many minutes, what components of the program they’re using, how much stamina they have in the program, and then what their comprehension is at the end of the use of the program.”