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ALE Accelerating Unfinished Learning Grant

Contact Information

For questions about this grant, please email the Learning Options team and your question will be routed to the most appropriate team member.

Many students have unfinished learning and exacerbated social-emotional needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Universal screening can identify a student’s unique academic gaps and social emotional needs, and a response can be individualized using an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE). However, many districts face a variety of barriers to providing individualized scheduling and learning plans due to scheduling constraints and funding formula disparities, forcing students to retake courses or transfer out of district. 

This grant opportunity encourages accelerated learning recovery through academic and social emotional screening, individualizing a response via ALE, and providing the funding for school districts who would otherwise be financially disincentivized to offer ALE. This will reduce the impact of retaking entire courses, create an opportunity to keep students enrolled at their neighborhood schools, and get students back on track with their peers in an accelerated timeline.

This grant program opened in the fall of 2021 and will end in June 2023. This grant will provide funding to supplement ALE apportionment based on identified costs necessary to implement this model and achieve desired outcomes.


OSPI is currently accepting grant applications from public schools. 

Grant Office Hours

Pop-in to our virtual office hours to ask questions. Office hours will be held regularly by the Learning Options team throughout the application window.

Selection Process

The goal of this grant program is to provide funding to supplement ALE apportionment for the purpose of accelerating learning recovery using ALE. OSPI is looking for proposals with unique ways of utilizing ALE, those that demonstrate a collaboration between school settings to impact more students, and those that prioritize the needs of underserved student populations.

Each application will be reviewed in three categories: Equity Considerations, Project Design, and Budget and Impact. A complete description of the scoring criteria is available in the Application Scoring Rubric.

There is no minimum or maximum budget for grants, but proposals will be closely reviewed in context of the learning that may be achieved and the impact for students.  

Applications are currently being accepted for this grant and reviews will take place on the 1st of each month until all funds are allocated.

Funded Projects