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Smart Giving round now open for school submissions

The first Smart Giving round for 2016 opens on February 25 – submissions are now invited from schools seeking funding for projects that improve the education outcomes of students facing disadvantage.

Through its Smart Giving program, the team at Schools Plus matches donors with a passion for education with schools running evidence-based projects in the areas of student engagement, student wellbeing, effective teaching/leadership and STEM innovation.

Schools Plus is now conducting a Smart Giving round to identify a range of new projects to promote to potential funders, including individuals, corporations and trusts and foundations.

In its first year of operation, the charity has raised more than $1 million for schools in need across Australia. More than 30 schools have received funding through the Smart Giving program.

All donations to eligible schools through Schools Plus are tax-deductible, after Federal Parliament passed tax legislation granting it Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) status in March 2015. The charity was established following a recommendation in the Gonski Review.

“We have been thrilled at the response from donors in our first year – we know that many people can see the benefits of supporting schools and students in disadvantaged circumstances,” said Rosemary Conn, the CEO of Schools Plus.

“Smart Giving is our way of identifying the projects that are most likely to make a significant change to the lives of thousands of students, and helping to make them happen.”

To make a submission, schools must:

  • have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA)
  • nominate a project with a value between $10,000 and $30,000
  • clearly articulate the project they are submitting, including the need, the activities, the expected outcomes and the budget
  • report on the outcomes, so the information can be shared with the donor/s and the wider education community.

More information can be found at the Apply for Smart Giving page. Projects will be selected using the advice of independent education experts.

Submissions are open until Thursday, March 24, 2016. While every effort will be made to find funding for selected projects, Schools Plus is unable to guarantee funding.

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