FAQ TOPICS

General Questions


Q. What is the Foundation Registry i3?
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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: http://foundationcenter.org
Q. What is i3?
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i3 is the US Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) Program.

You can find additional program information in the overview.

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 2012 i3 competition, over 200 applicants registered their i3 proposal on the Foundation Registry and many of the 20 winners of the i3 competition were funded by a Foundation Registry member.

Highly ranked 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.

Q. How can I fund i3 highly ranked applicants?
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If you are a qualified funder interested in funding i3 highly ranked applicants and joining our registry, please send an email to help@foundationregistryi3.org. 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?
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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?
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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?
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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. Should I still register my proposal if I have a match?
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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. What does the word limit mean?
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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. Can I upload password-protected files?
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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. Where can I ask a question not answered on the FAQ page?
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Use the Contact link at the bottom of each page to request help or to submit a question.
Q. What if I get a "time out" message?
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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. How do I know my proposal was submitted successfully?
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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 say “Registered”.
Q. When will I hear from a foundation after submitting my proposal?
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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. Who are the member foundations?
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The participating member foundations are listed within the Terms of Use (select Terms of Use link at bottom of page).
Q. What internet browsers are supported?
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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.

Q. How do I view PDF files?
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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: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Q. I registered my proposal with the Foundation Registry i3. Do I still need to apply to the Department of Education for an i3 grant?
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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.

Accounts and Signing In


Q. How do I create an account?
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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 if I forget my password?
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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. What are the password requirements?
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Your password must be at least 8 characters long and include at least one letter, one number, and one symbol such as ~, !, @, or $

Example: 1Education#

Q. Why did I get locked out of the system?
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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.
Q. What if I need to delete an account in my organization?
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If you need an account for your organization deleted, please email a request to help@foundationregistryi3.org.
Q. Can I update my account information later?
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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 i3 competition?
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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.

Organization Information


Q.What if I don't know (or can't find) my U.S. employer identification number (EIN)?
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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 www.irs.gov for more information.
Q. What if I don't know my organization's tax status?
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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.

Uploading Files


Q. Should my files have any special naming conventions?
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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.

Example: project_details_acmeorganization.xls

Q. What types of files can I upload using the Upload Files tab?
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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. Can I upload additional files with my application?
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This registration will only accept file uploads for the budget template and your DoEd proposal files.

Reviewing & Submitting Applications


Q. Will I receive a confirmation email after I submit my application?
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Yes. Once you review and submit your proposal a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you confirming receipt.
Q. Can I edit my application after I submit it?
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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. Can I view my application once I've submitted it?
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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.

Application Status


Q. Where can I see the status of my proposal?
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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 registered.
Q. What application statuses appear on the My Proposals page?
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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.
Q. Can I submit a registration after the end date has passed?
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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 as well.
Q.Can I save my registration to work on at another time before submitting the final version?
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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 a proposal offline or by mail?
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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.
Q. Can I submit any additional materials beyond what is asked?
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No. If you are contacted by a foundation, the foundation will likely ask for additional information.

Proposal Information


Q. Should the Budget Summary in the Excel Spreadsheet be my entire project budget or just the budget for matching funds?
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The Budget Summary Tab in the Excel Spreadsheet should reflect your entire project budget.
Q. Should the Project Personnel table in the Excel Spreadsheet list individual personnel from subgrantees?
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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?
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Yes, the Funding Sources Table should reflect this.