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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, CBOs, LEAs, Schools,
and Municipalities for Parental Training Programs

Parent Trust Fund

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Connecticut State Department of Education - Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, municipalities, local education agencies, schools, and faith-based entities for programs that benefit children by enhancing parental skills. Funding is intended to support leadership training programs for parents. The goal of the grant program is to support activities that help to improve the health, safety, and education of children by training parents in civic leadership skills and supporting increased, sustained, and quality parental engagement in community affairs.

The goals of the Parent Trust Fund Grant are:

  • To use culturally responsive practices to promote diverse leadership that is representative of the population in communities throughout Connecticut;
  • To increase awareness of the issues that matter to families and the important role families can play as advocates and change agents;
  • To encourage communities to expand the range of parent leadership training opportunities in their continuum of services;
  • To expand the number of communities offering parent leadership training; and
  • To enhance collaboration and linkages among parent leadership training sponsors to create an integrated system of sustainable civic involvement within communities and across the state.

For information about eligible training models see:

Successful projects will demonstrate how parent leadership training will:

  • Increase and sustain the motivation, ability, and opportunity for parents who represent the diversity of the community to engage in the civic life of schools, communities, and/or the state;
  • Include plans for increased dialogue about equity and the impact it has on children and families, as well as strategies for solving inequities that exist within communities and schools;
  • Increase the visibility and involvement of parents representing all racial and ethnic groups and income levels in addressing their concerns regarding children and families through the advocacy skills learned in the training;
  • Include a strong civics and advocacy skills component; and
  • Include plans for increased and sustained family engagement in schools and/or communities.

For Examples of Training Programs, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 175725

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The number of grant awards will depend on the number of applicants, quality of proposals, size of requests and the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be considered from public and non-profit organizations that demonstrate the financial and administrative capacity to implement the grant. Organizations may partner with another non-profit organization. One organization must be designated as the lead applicant and assume financial responsibility.

The following entities are eligible applicants:
- All local education agencies (LEAs), endowed academies, charter schools and college-affiliated school districts;
- Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs);
- Community-based organizations (CBOs), including faith-based organizations (FBOs) and other non-profit organizations that can demonstrate they are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
- Municipalities; and
- Consortia of two or more of the above-mentioned agencies, organizations or entities.

The Parent Trust Fund grant does not provide funding for the following (list is not exhaustive):
- For-profit organizations;
- Individuals;
- Religious organizations for sectarian purposes;
- Capital campaigns;
- Single-issue political causes and activities;
- Parent education training or classes (e.g., how to be a better parent, how to communicate with your children, etc.);
- Replication of untested curricula;
- Translation of existing curricula into alternative languages;
- Scholarships; and
- Youth or teen leadership training that is not a component of a parent leadership training program.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Bidders Meeting
July 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
An online Bidders Meeting will be held for prospective applicants. The meeting will provide an overview of the information presented in the RFP and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. Attendance at the Bidders Meeting is recommended but not mandatory. The meeting will be recorded. To attend the meeting, or to receive a link to the recording after the meeting, please register below.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: August 8, 2022

Applicants must provide a minimum of 25 percent in matching funds. Matching funds may include cash contributions from another source expended to support the parent leadership training program. Matching funds may also come from in-kind contributions, typically in the form of the value of personnel, goods and services aligned to the parent leadership training program.

Applicants may apply for only one training curriculum model/cycle.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Judy Carson
(860) 807-2122

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #824

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USA: Connecticut

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