(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) – Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Innovation Awards to support local organizations committed to increasing baccalaureate degree attainment and economic success throughout the Inland Empire Region of Southern California, which includes San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Innovation Award Funding provides up to $150,000 over two years, while encouraging the contribution of local resources through a 50% matching requirement to promote sustainability and organizational capacity. It is the intention of the Innovation Award to advance promising efforts in the region that correlate to bachelor’s degree completion, while also recognizing the value of garnering additional resources that can be utilized for sustainability over the longer term.

Applicants may be a K-12 school district, community college or community college district, four-year university, nonprofit organization, or any combination of such institutions in Riverside and/or San Bernardino counties. Deadline to apply is February 16, 2018. Funding decisions will be announced in March. The recipients will be honored at the Governing Board meeting on April 9, 2018. Requirements for the awards can be found on our website.

Growing Inland Achievement is a bi-county, K-20 collaborative comprised of top leaders of K-12 education, higher education, business, and civic sectors who are committed to working together in new and innovative ways and aligning resources to achieve the following goals for the region:

  • Align educational policy initiatives regionally via cradle-to-career collective impact model.
  • Increase college preparedness, particularly in math, resulting in a 20% reduction in the number of students requiring remediation at matriculation from high school to college within five years.
  • Increase baccalaureate, associate, certificate, and credential attainment by 15% across the two counties within five years.
  • Increase the six year graduation rate by 10% over five years.
  • Improve career preparedness through strengthened partnership with industry to better align education with workforce development needs.

The GIA Governing Board is comprised of top education and business leaders including San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre, Inland Empire Economic Partnership President/CEO Paul Granillo, Riverside Community College District Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac, Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás Morales, Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon, OneFuture Coachella Valley President/CEO Sheila Thornton, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox, and Riverside County Superintendent Judy White.


Should you have questions about the selection process, you may contact Ann Marie Allen, Senior Director, (909) 256-0011.

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