2021-22 Community School Grant Program

Up to 3 planning grants will be awarded to schools for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Request for Proposal Available: Monday, Sept. 13, 2021
  • Deadline for application questions: Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Application Submission Deadline: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, by 11.59 p.m. EST

CSGP Webinar: Wednesday, September 22nd 1pm-2pm

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

ABOUT THE GRANT

Background: The Florida Legislature established the Community School Grant Program to fund and support the planning and implementation of Community Partnership Schools.

Community Partnership Schools provide comprehensive academic, social and healthcare services for students, staff, families and community members that result in improved outcomes for children. Coordination and alignment of services are based on identified student and family needs. Services are organized around results, and outcomes are defined by the core partners.

Grant Information: The 2021-22 Community School Grant Program must address critical education needs in under-performing public elementary or secondary schools by removing barriers to student learning and helping children meet challenging academic achievement standards using a community school strategy. The UCF Center for Community Schools will award up to 3 schools $50,000 – 75,000 each in planning grant funds to establish new Community Partnership Schools in Florida.

AWARD TIMELINE

Monday, Sept. 13, 2021

Request for Proposal Available

Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. EST

Deadline for application questions

Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, by 11.59 p.m. EST

Application Submission Deadline

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

Award: The Community School Grant Program Grants Committee will select one (1) to three (3) successful applications. By the 12th of November, applicants will be notified of the award decision and award announcements will be posted here on the UCF Center for Community Schools’ website.

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

GRANT AWARD AND SUPPORT

Each successful applicant will receive $50,000 – 75,000 in planning grant funds for the 2021-22 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 of full award amount. Partnership is responsible for securing 25% match regardless of the timing of director hire.

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE TIMELINE

The grant application, budget illustrations, statements of work and other required documents must be submitted using an online application platform available at Community Partnership School Grants by Oct. 8, 2021, by 11.59 p.m. EST

A PDF version of the Request for Proposal (RFP) can be accessed and downloaded here.
Note: All applications must be submitted via the online application platform.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Who can apply for the Community School Grant Program?

A: The lead nonprofit should be fiscal agent and primary applicant, with strong support from the school district, college or university, and healthcare partners.

Q: What can be included in the CSGP planning year budget?

A: The primary intention of CSGP funding is the support the core positions: director, expanded learning coordinator, family and community engagement coordinator, and wellness coordinator. The 2021-22 planning grant funds should support the planning year hiring of a director.  Additional budget items may include other items including materials and tech supplies (I.e. computer). For more information see Appendix B – Fiscal and Program Accountability Guidance Sheet.

Q: Does being awarded a CSGP planning grant guarantee funding in future years?

A:  2021-22 CSGP planning grant funds are only guaranteed for FY2021-22 (July 1, 2021 -  June 30, 2022).  Funding for future years is dependent upon an increase of statewide CSGP funding from the Florida legislature for eligible sites.  CPS sites applying for 2021-22 planning grant funds must provide a plan for sustainability for years forward.  To become eligible for any potential sustainability funding moving into implementation years of CPS development, sites must remain in good standing, fulfilling all deliverable requirements as outlined in the application process.

Other Information

Grant questions can be directed to Alyson.Watson@ucf.edu.

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