Grant Watch: $700 million in grant funds available for student success

14 Oct
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by Angelo Williams, Ed.D, Assistant Executive Director, Policy and Programs

One of the recurring requests we’ve heard from school board members during CSBA’s statewide LCFF education and awareness campaign is the need for more information about grant funds available for schools focused on student success.

While it is important to only select funders who share your district’s education mission and values, it is also important to note that California’s districts and CSBA members are uniquely qualified to secure grant funding. For 34 years CSBA’s Golden Bell Awards program has identified quality best practices focused on student success. The larger education grant funding world has taken notice. Golden Bell Award winners, like Corona Norco, have gone on to win national recognition.

Remember, funders are interested in a track record of success and view their funds as investments in innovative but tried and true methods with a verifiable track record.  In future editions of Grant Watch I’d like to share with you some proven methods for securing grant funds to amplify your resources to support your mission of student success for all. Here are some opportunities you may want to investigate.

Success for All Foundation: Your school may be eligible for $50,000 from Success for All Foundation. SFAF was a top winner in the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation’s (i3) competition. The total i3 fund consisted of $650 million. SFAF received a total award of $50 million. SFAF provides $50,000 grants toward SFA start-up costs for Title I elementary schools with 200 or more students and 40 percent of the students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch.

The California Endowment: Last week the California Endowment (TCE) launched a seven-year, $50 million project to boost attendance by 30 percent in targeted schools, halve the number of those suspended, train campus police on the effect of trauma on students, establish conflict-resolution programs in 10 communities, and develop 1,000 youth leaders and make sure all eligible children have health coverage. The project, Sons & Brothers, is part of its larger, $1 billion plan to assist in rebuilding healthier communities in Boyle Heights, South L.A., Long Beach, Santa Ana and 10 other locations statewide.

Want more information on grant funds and help with your grant proposal and application? Contact CSBA: awilliams@csba.org.

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