Public School Opportunities Enhancement Grant Program
Grants to Maryland School Systems and Nonprofits for
Extended Day, Summer Term, and Educational Programming
Extended Day, Summer Term, and Educational Programming
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
07/31/17 4:00 PM Electronic Submissions Only
Grants starting at $50,000 per year to Maryland school systems, community schools, and nonprofit organizations to provide quality educational and extended day programming in designated districts. Funding is available for the creation and expansion of summer enhancement and extended day programs, and to support existing educational programming during the school day.
A great need exists for afterschool programs that provide appropriate youth supervision and involvement. Afterschool programs keep students safe, help working families, and improve academic achievement. Students in afterschool programs are less likely to be involved in crime and more likely to have better grades and behavior than their counterparts who are left with nothing to do after school.
Extended day and summer enhancement programs are educational and recreational enrichment programs for children between the ages of four and nineteen that occur:
-Before and after the school day;
-On weekends and holidays; and
-During vacations and summer breaks.
Programs must be developed and implemented in active collaboration with the schools which students attend.
Proposed activities must target specific local school systems, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organizations, and community schools (currently in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County). Each local school system (listed below) has at least 50 percent of public school students that qualify for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program.
The purpose of the Public School Opportunities Enhancement Program is to:
-Expand or create an extended day and summer enhancement program;
-Expand or create a summer enhancement program; or
-Establish new educational or recreational partnerships with specified entities.
All applications for extended day programs must:
a) Incorporate features that will have positive measurable impact on the conditions of well-being for children and youth as identified by Maryland out of School Time Network (MOST) standards; and
b) Integrate an educational component that assists students in meeting academic requirements on grade level.
All applications for summer programs must:
a) Incorporate features that will have positive measurable impact on the conditions of well-being for children and youth as identified by MOST standards;
b) Provide learning and enrichment activities that will assist students in achieving at or above grade level in the next school year; and
c) Expose students to future learning and life opportunities.
All applications for school day programs must:
a) Enhance educational purpose of school; or
b) Enhance students’ access to physical, social, and emotional support
Eligible organizations must use funds to provide activities that:
a) Expand or create an extended day and summer enhancement program;
b) Expand or create a summer enhancement program; or
c) Establish new educational or recreational partnerships with specified: i. Local parks and recreation departments; ii. Recreation councils; iii. Local public schools; iv. Public libraries; v. Institutions of higher education; vi. Private sector businesses; vii. Other nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organizations and foundations.
d) Support existing educational programming during the school day, including the recruitment, training, and ongoing professional development of new teachers. (Nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organizations)
Eligible organizations may use funds to:
a) Provide opportunities for students to learn about the environment, their place in it, and what they can do to protect it.
b) Provide opportunities to learn about the environment to improve understanding of how nature, sciences, society, and social responsibility, responsibility are intertwined; offer opportunities for appropriate stewardship practice; and help to prepare youth with skills needed in the workforce, and expose them to careers in environmental fields, green jobs, or sustainable practices that apply to any career field.
c) Supplement transportation costs for public transportation and alternative transportation for program sites that are not easily accessible to outdoor education centers or park sites. Applications must meet all other criteria and explain and justify the transportation needed.
d) Include components that will connect youth to their environment, provide time outdoors for free play, and discovery as well as structured programming that exposes them to outdoor recreational pursuits, life skills, stewardship activities, and green career skills.
Based on range of possible awards and projected available funding, the MSDE proposes to fund 10-20 programs.
-Minimum Grant Amount: $50,000 per year
-Maximum Grant Amount: $250,000 per year
The program start date is on or before October 16, 2017.
Public School Opportunities Enhancement Program grants are awarded for a four-year period. After the first year, additional years are funded assuming annual completion of and compliance with all requirements.
The grant period is September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. Costs incurred prior to beginning of grant period will not be reimbursed.
This competition is open only to the following local school systems with at least 50 percent of public school students that qualify for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program.
Eligible school systems include: Allegany County, Baltimore City, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Prince George’s County, Somerset County, Washington County, Wicomico County, and The SEED School of Maryland.
The eligible entities are:
-Local school systems
-Nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organizations (Organizations outside of Maryland are eligible to apply; however, the MSDE shall give priority to Maryland-based nonprofit organizations)
-Community Schools (currently in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County)
The Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled for June 20, 2017.
Local School Systems must provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds that are at least equal the amount of the grant awarded.
The MSDE shall give priority to applications that illustrate the ability to leverage private and existing funding sources.
Summary of Dates:
-Dissemination: May 31, 2017
-Pre-Proposal Conference: June 20, 2017
-Deadline for Submission: July 31, 2017 by 4:00 PM
-Proposal Review Begins: August 2 - August 16, 2017
-Validation Interviews Begin: August 28 - September 11, 2017
-Award Date: September 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
-Award Notification: September 15, 2017
-Program Start Date: On or before October 16, 2017
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Maryland: Allegany County, Baltimore City, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Prince George’s County, Somerset County, Washington County, Wicomico County, and The SEED School of Maryland
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