The Renew America’s Schools grant is the flagship funding opportunity of the Renew America’s Schools Program. This competitive award focuses on funding infrastructure upgrades at K–12 public school facilities, prioritizing high-need school communities. The first round of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) launched in November 2022, and the application period closed on April 21, 2023.
Demand for this funding was unprecedented. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) from 48 states and two territories submitted over 1,000 concept papers, totaling nearly $5.5 billion in requests. After receiving feedback on their project proposals, 236 LEAs from 44 states submitted eligible full applications, with requests totaling $1.62 billion.
In response to the high demand and overwhelming evidence of public need, the Department of Energy (DOE) more than doubled the funding for Round 1 of the competition from $80 million to $178 million. After extensive review of a highly competitive field, DOE identified 24 Selectees that demonstrated significant technical merit and responsiveness to the goals of the funding opportunity.
Congratulations to our Selectees!