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2019-20 Community School Grant Program

Up to 12 planning grants will be awarded to schools for the 2019-20 school year. Each grant requires a 25% match.

Round One Application – completed

Round Two Application
Starts: September 23, 2019
Deadline for submissions:
October 22, 2019, by 11:59pm
PDF of RFP (for information only)

The Florida Legislature established the Community School Grant Program to fund and support the planning and implementation of community school strategies, including Community Partnership Schools. B 7070, Part VII of chapter 1003, Florida Statutes, includes s. 1003.64, Florida Statutes, Community School Grant Program. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law on May 9, 2019.

UCF’s Center for Community Schools will award up to 12 public elementary or secondary schools up to $72,500 each in planning grant funds to establish community schools in Florida. The 2019-20 Community School Grant Program must address critical education needs in public elementary or secondary schools by removing barriers to student learning and helping children meet challenging academic achievement standards using a community school strategy.

Round Two Timeline

Award Timeline

Application Review: All applications will be reviewed within 30 days of the submission deadline.

Note: All applications must include the name, email address and phone number of a primary contact who can answer questions and discuss award information.

Sept. 23, 2019

Access to Request for Proposal (RFP) posted on center's website
RFP notification sent by email
PDF of RFP (for information only)
Application available here

Sept. 30, 2019
10-11:30am

Oct. 18, 2019, by 5 p.m.

Deadline for application questions

Oct. 22

Deadline for application submissions

October-November 2019

Review of applications and determination of awards by Community School Grant Program Grants Committee

1st phase review: Successful applications from the 1st phase review will be moved to the 2nd phase review (no notifications will be sent). Applicants not selected to move to the 2nd phase review will be notified by email within 15 days of review.

2nd phase review: Applicants not selected for an award will be notified by email within 15 days of review.

**By December 2019

Round Two awards will be announced: Applicants will be notified of the award decision and award announcements will be posted on this page of the UCF Center for Community Schools’ website.

Application Instructions

  1. Review the Request for Proposal (RFP): An online application for the 2019-20 Planning Grant Request for Proposal available Sept. 23, 2019, on this page of the UCF Center for Community Schools website.
  2. Complete the Application Online: The grant application, budget illustrations, statement of work and other documents must be completed and submitted electronically. Applications and supporting materials submitted by email will not be accepted. The partnership may submit the application, or one core partner may submit the application on behalf of the partnership.
    *Note: The coordinating nonprofit organization will be the fiscal agent of the award.
  3. Submit the Online Application on Time: All applicants must submit their grant application and supporting materials on or before Oct. 22, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Applications that do not comply with the date and time requirements will not be considered. Applicants will be notified if their application was rejected due to late submission. Please note that complying with the deadline requirements does not guarantee that the application meets the grant eligibility requirements. Notice: Applicants must ensure that their submission is complete and accurate and includes all supporting materials; the Community School Grant Program Grants Committee will not review applications early.

Selection Criteria

1st phase review: The Community School Grant Program Grants Committee will review submitted grant applications for administrative compliance and eligibility criteria to ensure that the administrative and technical requirements of the grant are fulfilled. Applications that fail to fulfil these requirements will be excluded from the 2nd phase review.

  1. Administrative compliance: Confirms that a grant application has been submitted by the deadline and the application is complete and meets all requirements.
  2. Eligibility criteria: Examines if the application and supporting documents submitted fulfil the minimum requirements for funding eligibility. Applications that do not fulfil the eligibility criteria are identified. If minor clarification is needed, applicants will receive a notice requesting additional information. Applications will be rejected if the requested documentation is not received within two business days of the request.

2nd phase review: Grant applications that demonstrate administrative compliance and satisfy the eligibility criteria will be assessed for quality and strength of the proposed project. In this phase, the Community School Grant Program Grants Committee will evaluate the application for its demonstration of project need, collaborative core partnership, project strength, community commitment, sustainability and evaluation.

**Priority: The SB7070 Community Schools Grant Program prioritizes the awarding of planning grants to school districts in which the Community Partnership School™ model has not been implemented.

Grant Award and Support

Each successful applicant partnership will receive $75,000 in planning grant funds for the 2019-20 school year. Awards must be used to establish a Community Partnership School and may support staff, supplies and/or other project needs outlined and approved by the UCF Center for Community Schools. Funding requires a 25% match. The coordinating nonprofit organization will be the fiscal agent of the award.

In addition to funding, Community Partnership Schools will receive ongoing training and technical assistance for planning, implementation and evaluation from the UCF Center for Community Schools.

Submission Deadline

The grant application, budget illustrations, statements of work and other required documents must be submitted using an online application platform available here Oct. 22, 2019, at 11.59 p.m. EST.

Questions should be directed to Melanie.Rodriguez2@ucf.edu.