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Interdistrict Cooperative Grant Program 2019-20

Grants to Connecticut School Districts, RESCs and
Nonprofits for Joint Programs to Close the Achievement Gap

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) - Bureau of Choice Programs

Deadline Date:

01/11/19 4:00 PM Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Connecticut school districts, regional educational service centers, and nonprofits for joint projects to establish inter-district cooperative educational programs that will reduce the achievement gap. Projects will promote academic achievement and reduce ethnic, racial, and economic isolation of students.

The CSDE is seeking applicants to establish interdistrict cooperative programs, particularly ones serving Hartford elementary and secondary students. In determining whether an application shall be approved and funds awarded, the CSDE shall consider the following factors, as well as other factors as set forth in the application:

- Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Economic Isolation: significant, meaningful, well- articulated programs and activities based on sound research.

- Increasing High Academic Achievement of All Students in Reading, Writing, Mathematics or Science: Programs that are aligned with current CT Core standards, in particular the CT Core Standards in K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics, with academically sound enrichment activities as a significant component. Programs and activities must be designed to lead to observable and measurable improvement in student learning and academic achievement.

- Objectives and Description of the proposed program;

- Cost of Program;

- Number of school districts and students that will benefit. The Commissioner shall not award a grant for a program, other than a lighthouse school, in which more than 80 percent of the students are from one school district; and

- Relative wealth of the participating school districts.

These programs should support urban, suburban and rural districts working voluntarily together to reduce the racial, ethnic and economic isolation of students and create settings where students can assemble, interact and learn. These programs should also promote a greater understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and must advance student achievement.

Allowable costs for this grant include:
- Teachers/providers;
- School social workers, counselors, psychologists;
- Clerical assistance;
- Recruitment and admission costs;
- Instructional supplies, materials and equipment;
- Staff development appropriate to the project (up to 5 percent of the award);
- Pupil transportation;
- Up to 10 percent of the award to defray the costs of administering and evaluating the program impact and outcomes, and preparing the final report;
- Development of instructional units;
- Parent activities (up to $1,000);
- Food that is part of the program (cooking classes, overnight stays, etc.);
- Food for snacks; and
- Food that is necessary as meals for residential programs, weekend academies and all day field trips.


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176406

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for amounts of up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The CSDE shall award grants annually beginning on July 1, 2019, and concluding on June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to local and regional school districts, Regional Educational Service Centers (RESC), and nonsectarian nonprofit organizations approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Such programs, for local and regional boards of education and RESCs, may include programs funded pursuant to Section 10-266bb of the C.G.S. and interdistrict magnet school programs that meet the following criteria. Such programs: 1) must be conducted at the magnet school; 2) must serve primarily children who are not enrolled in the magnet school; and 3) cannot be programs for which a local or regional board of education or a RESC receives funds pursuant to Sections 10-264h or 10-264l of the C.G.S.

To be funded under this grant, the program requires: the participation of two or more local or regional school districts; RESCs solely or pursuant to a cooperative arrangement with one or more local or regional boards of education; and a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization approved by the Commissioner of Education serving two or more local or regional school districts, that together provide a program to a diverse student body, or in the case of a lighthouse school, by a local or regional board of education or RESC. Programs may operate during the regular school year, during the summer or a combination of both. Summer residential programs are also an option.

Programs shall be no less than 45 operating hours, of which at least 30 hours must be face-to-face contact time among students from the cooperating districts. The CSDE will not consider time spent transporting the students as face-to-face contact time.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline
- September 2018: Release Date
- November 2018: Reviewers Training
- January 11, 2019: Application Due
- July 2019: Notification of Awards

Contact Information:

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

E-mail applications to: janet.foster@ct.gov

Applicants must also submit an electronic version of the Abstract in Microsoft Word to Irma.Francis@ct.gov

Janet Foster
(860) 713-6561

Bureau of Choice Programs
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut