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The Iowa Programs for At-Risk Early Elementary Students is a grant made available to eligible Iowa public elementary schools in a year in which the Iowa legislature appropriates funds. The grant provides funds to assist schools in addressing the needs of kindergarten through third grade students who are at-risk of educational failure. Funds can be used to support at-risk elementary students in Grades K-3 in the areas of academic (cognitive), social, physical, or emotional development.

Funds are awarded to elementary schools with a high percentage of low-income families in Grades K-3, as reported on the previous year’s fall certified enrollment report (SRI). Elementary schools notified by the Iowa Department of Education are eligible to receive funding.

Funds are awarded on a three-year cycle with annual renewal contingent upon the grantee meeting the requirements outlined in Iowa administrative rules.

Funds received under this program must be used to supplement, not supplant, funds that would otherwise be used for the activities supported by the program.

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Due Dates, Forms & Guidance

  • Submit the 2023-24 Award Acceptance Form to the Department no later than Sept. 9, 2023 (Google form).
  • Submit the Initial Project Description and Budget forms in by Sept. 15, 2023.
  • Submit End-Of-Year Progress Report and Claim in by July 15, 2024.

Grant Application and Implementation Guidance - Applicants should thoroughly read the Grant Application and Implementation Guidance before completing the Initial Project and Budget forms on

Online application forms are accessible on the website.

IowaGrants Login Instructions for first time and returning users

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Laws, Rules & Policy

Iowa Code 279.51

Iowa Administrative Code 281-65 (effective May 31, 2017)

Iowa Administrative Code 281-98 (effective March 21, 2018)

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2022-23 Programs for At-Risk Early Elementary Students Awards

2021-22 Programs for At-Risk Early Elementary Students Awards

2020-21 Programs for At-Risk Early Elementary Students Award

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