Ahead of the 2024-2025 school year, the North Carolina State Board of Education has approved a new round of grant funding to support the state’s Digital Learning Initiative.
Up to $1.25 million in funding will be available to school districts, charter schools, lab schools, and regional schools during the 2024-2025 school year to support the development and dissemination of local innovative digital teaching and learning across North Carolina.
“This agency has had a long history of prioritizing and securing funding for Digital Teaching and Learning grants, and I’m excited to see us continue these efforts today,” State Superintendent Catherine Truitt said. “As our world continues to become more interconnected, technology embedded within North Carolina classrooms will better help our students prepare for the wide range of opportunities upon graduation. I look forward to the creative proposals that will be put forth by schools across the state and seeing how they will enhance teaching and learning for all students.”
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), which will administer the grant funding, is now seeking proposals for grants in two categories: digital learning impact and emerging technologies. All North Carolina districts, charter schools, and regional schools are eligible to apply. The application window will close on March 4, 2024.
According to the state, the Digital Learning Impact Grant is a 3-year grant intended to provide the awarded Public School Units (PSUs) the ability to plan, implement, and assess a digital learning initiative. Applicants can request up to $95,000 each year for traditional PSUs and up to $30,000 each year for charter, regional, and lab schools
The Emerging Technologies Grant is intended to provide PSUs funding for emerging technologies that are not already a part of the PSUs’ purchase and refresh plan. Applicants can request up to $50,000 for traditional public school units and up to $25,000 for charter, regional, and lab schools.