Q. What is the Foundation Registry i3?
Q. What is i3?
The Foundation Registry is a website created by a set of funders around the i3 program.
Our group has grown to over 70 funding organizations. For the
i3 competition, the
Foundation Center will be managing the Foundation Registry. For more information on the
Foundation Center, please visit The Foundation Center's website:
Q. How can I fund i3 highest-rated applicants?
i3 is the US Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) Program.
You can find additional program information in the
An i3 applicant must secure between a 5% and 15% private match depending on the i3 grant award depending on their grant category.
During last year’s 2013 i3 competition, many of the 25 winners of the i3 competition were funded by a Foundation Registry i3 member.
Highest-rated i3 applicants must secure matching funds to a certain equal to a certain percentage of their grant award from the private sector in order to receive federal funding. Development applicants must secure a private-sector match equal to 15% of their grant amount, Validation applicants must a secure private-sector match equal to 10% of their grant amount, and Scale-Up applicants must secure a private-sector match equal to 5% of their grant amount.
If you are a qualified funder interested in funding i3 highest-rated applicants
and joining our registry, please send an email to
We would be happy to have you!
Q. What is the deadline for registering my proposal on Foundation Registry i3?
Is it the same as the submission deadline for the U.S. Dept. of Education Investing In Innovation (i3) Fund?
There is currently no specific deadline for the Foundation Registry i3 submission,
but due to the short timelines around the i3 program, we recommend completing your registration for matching
funds as soon as possible. All Department of Education i3 winners will be announced before year-end.
This will maximize the visibility of your registration to foundations, and help ensure that foundations have
the most time available to review your proposal.
Q. I am a Development Applicant who submitted a pre-application.
Should I register my pre-application on the Registry?
Only Development Applicants who have been asked to submit a full application by the Department
of Education should register on the Foundation Registry.
Q.Does registering my proposal mean I will be contacted
or guaranteed a funding match?
Q. Should I still register my proposal if I have a match?
No, registering your proposal does not guarantee that you will be contacted or that
you will receive a match from a foundation. Registering your application with the
Foundation Registry i3 will make it available and searchable to the participating
member foundations. If a member foundation has interest in your proposal, they will
contact you directly.
Q. What does the word limit mean?
Yes! Registering your proposal increases the awareness and reach of your proposal to
participating registry foundations. This may result in increased funding and collaboration
opportunities with member foundations.
Q. Can I upload password-protected files?
The word count is the total number of words entered into the current text field.
It cannot exceed the number of words specified in the help text next to the field.
Q. Where can I ask a question not answered on the FAQ
Although you are not prevented from uploading password-protected files, it is highly
recommended that you do not password protect your files. This will make it difficult
for member foundations to review your information in a timely and effective manner.
Q. What if I get a "time out" message?
Use the Contact link at the bottom of each page to request help or to submit a question.
Q. How do I know my proposal was submitted successfully?
The web page times out after 20 minute of no activity. You are then prompted to
re-enter the email address and password to continue working on the registration.
Any changes or work not saved prior to the timeout are lost.
Q. When will I hear from a foundation after submitting
You may log back into the Foundation Registry i3 site to see its status on your
account page. If your registry was successful, the Status of your registration will
Q. Who are the member foundations?
After registering, member foundations will have access to your registration and
if interested in a potential funding opportunity, they will contact you as appropriate.
Please remember, the Foundation Registry i3 is only a registry of your project proposal.
There is no commitment by a foundation to contact you or fund your proposal.
Q. What internet browsers are supported?
Q. How do I view PDF files?
Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, Google Chrome 4, and Safari 4.
Your browser must also support Java Script and must accept cookies. (Most web browsers
use these settings by default.) If you need assistance in this area, click the Contact
Us link and your question will be routed to the appropriate person within the foundation.
I registered my proposal with the Foundation Registry i3. Do I still need to apply to
the Department of Education for an i3 grant?
In order to view PDF files downloadable from this site; you must have Adobe Acrobat
Reader version 7.0 or higher, or Adobe Acrobat version 5.0 or higher. Adobe Reader
is available for free download at the following site:
Q. How do I create an account?
Yes, absolutely. Registering your i3 proposal with the Foundation Registry i3 is not a
substitute for applying to the Department of Education. You will still need to apply to
the Department of Education's i3 program. Information on applying to the Department of
Education for an i3 grant is available on the
Department's i3 web site.
Q. What if I forget my password?
You will create an account by clicking on the “Create an Account Now” button on
the home page. You will then be prompted to create a new login and password, along
with primary information about your organization. Once you have completed this process
you will be ready to start the proposal registration process.
Q. What are the password requirements?
If you forget your password, click the "I Forgot My Password" link on the top right
of the home page. You will then be prompted to enter your e-mail address and answer
a security question. When you answer the question correctly, a temporary password
will be emailed to you. Sign in with this password and then create a new one.
Q. Why did I get locked out of the system?
Your password must be at least 8 characters long and include at least one letter,
one number, and one symbol such as ~, !, @, or $
Q. What if I need to delete an account in my organization?
Q. Can I update my account information later?
If you have entered the wrong password 10 times you must wait 20 minutes before
attempting to sign in again. You may want to avoid this wait time by clicking the
“I forgot my password” link to receive a new, temporary password.
You may change your password by selecting the My Account link.
Q. I submitted a proposal for a prior year i3 competition.
Can I use my same Foundation Registry account for the
Yes, you can use your same e-mail account to submit a
i3 proposal. If you submitted a prior year i3 proposal, your original proposal is available for read-only viewing
and download only for reference purposes. You will need to submit a new proposal if you are applying for the i3 competition. If you have forgotten your password, follow the instructions below to reset your password.
Q.What if I don't know (or can't find) my U.S. employer
identification number (EIN)?
Q. What if I don't know my organization's tax status?
Your “Tax ID Number”, also known as an “Employer Identification Number (EIN)”, is
a nine-digit number that IRS assigns in the following format: XX-XXXXXXX. If you
do not know your Tax ID Number or "EIN", check with your organization's
financial representative to find this number, or visit
for more information.
Q. Should my files have any special naming conventions?
Your financial representative should know this information or you can go to the
IRS's web site at www.irs.gov
to learn more.
You may also select 'Other' if you are unsure or have a tax status that may fall
within one of the available values. Your Tax Status will be verified by a
participating foundation that may be interested in your proposal.
Q. What types of files can I upload using the Upload Files tab?
No, file names are not checked when you upload them. However, it's a good idea to
give your files familiar and recognizable file names.
Q. Can I upload additional files with my application?
For this registration, you may only upload Microsoft Excel .xls or .xlsx files and a .PDF or zip file for your Department of Education i3 proposal.
Q. Will I receive a confirmation email after I submit my
This registration will only accept file uploads for the budget template and your DoEd proposal files.
Q. Can I edit my application after I submit it?
Yes. Once you review and submit your proposal a confirmation e-mail will be sent
to you confirming receipt.
Q. Can I view my application once I've submitted it?
No, you will not be able to edit submitted registrations. If contacted by a member
foundation, you should have the opportunity to clarify any information. It is strongly
recommended that you take the time to review the information entered on the web
pages and within your completed spreadsheet prior to submitting.
Q. Where can I see the status of my proposal?
Yes. On the My Proposals page you can view the status of your registration. Registered
describes an application that you submitted as final. You can view the application
but cannot edit it.
Q. What application statuses appear on the My Proposals
Once your proposal is registered, you may log back into the Foundation Registry
i3 site, and view a listing of your registrations, including if it has been successfully
Q. Can I submit a registration after the end date has passed?
There are two application statuses:
- Not Registered describes registrations that have been started but
not yet submitted. You can still edit registrations that have Not Registered status.
- Registered describes registrations that you submitted. You can
view the registration but cannot edit it.
Registrations will only be accepted until the deadline date displayed on the My
Proposal page. Extensions to the deadline will be posted on the My Proposals page
Q.Can I save my registration to work on at another
time before submitting the final version?
Q. Can I submit a proposal offline or by mail?
Yes. Click the Save & Exit button and the application will be saved but not
submitted. In addition, your application is saved automatically every 60 seconds,
and after each step is completed.
Q. Can I submit any additional materials beyond what is asked?
No. Unfortunately, the Foundation registry is online only. This is to help ensure
that your application is viewed by the most member foundations as possible, and
each member foundation has the same information to review. Please submit a request
for assistance if you are having difficulties using the online tool, or receiving
errors while using the application.
No. If you are contacted by a foundation, the foundation will likely
ask for additional information.
Q. Should the Budget Summary in the Excel Spreadsheet be my entire project budget or just the budget for matching funds?
The Budget Summary Tab in the Excel Spreadsheet should reflect your entire project budget.
Should the Project Personnel table in the Excel Spreadsheet list individual personnel from subgrantees?
No, the Project Personnel table should reflect only your direct project personnel.
Q. Should the Funding Sources Table in the Excel Spreadsheet list the matching i3 funds I am requesting from the Department of Education and foundations?
Yes, the Funding Sources Table should reflect this.