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Opportunity Grant

Grants to Delaware School Districts and Charter Schools
to Assist Low-Income and English Learner Students

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Delaware Department of Education (DDOE)

Deadline Date:

09/05/17 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $75,000 to Delaware school districts and charter schools for integrated programs and support services that benefit low-income and English learner students. Priority will be given to focused, school-wide initiatives, rather than broad organizational or district-wide programs.


-Provide integrated student services and trauma-informed supports to low-income students based on the needs of those students; or
-Provide other additional supports to low-income and English learner students based on the needs of those students.

Integrated student services are a school-based approach to promoting students’ academic success by securing and coordinating supports that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement. These resources range from traditional tutoring and mentoring to provision of a broader set of supports, such as linking students to physical and mental health care and connecting their families to education, counseling, food banks, or employment assistance. Emphasis is placed on the integration of the services with the overall school programming and the school/community partnership that brings the services to the school and its families.

Trauma-informed supports benefit all students who attend but focus on students chronically exposed to stress and trauma in their lives. Schools create compassionate classrooms and foster empathetic attitudes of their school staff. The goal is to keep students engaged in the learning process by creating and supporting a safe, healthy climate and culture within the school where all students can learn; training and supporting all staff regarding trauma, its impact on the brain, and self-care; encouraging and sustaining open and regular communication for all; developing a strengths based approach in working with students and peers; ensuring discipline policies are both respectful and effective, and aim to keep children in the classrooms; weaving thoughtful strategies into school improvement planning; providing tiered support for all students based on what they need; creating flexible accommodations for diverse learners; providing access, voice, and ownership for staff, students and community; and using data to identify vulnerable students and determine outcomes and strategies for continuous quality improvement.

Supports for English learners are structures that are in place in the classroom, school or school district that increases the academic success of English learners (ELs) PreK-12. Supports can include such things as resources to help educators learn about effective, evidence-based strategies that close the achievement gap of ELs; implementation of research-based program designs and practices that focus on meeting students’ language and content needs according to their age and level of English proficiency; curriculum design and lesson planning based on sound second language acquisition pedagogical principles and practices; professional learning that strengthens the EL knowledge base of all educators including diversity and cultural sensitivity training; school-based teams that engage the families of ELs; and programs that increase school and school district awareness and appreciation of the value-added benefits of the multilingualism that ELs bring.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182045

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Number of Grants:

Funding is available for up to 10 competitive subgrants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum funding request is $75,000 per grant proposal. The maximum funding request is $350,000. The DDOE reserves the right to negotiate grant award amounts.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is September 25, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Delaware school districts and charter schools are eligible to apply. School districts must submit on behalf of any of its schools.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application is due by 4:00 PM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017. All proposals must be submitted electronically to Elizabeth Jetter (see contact details below).

Contact Information:

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

Elizabeth Jetter, Education Associate
Performance Management

Deputy Secretary of Education Office
Townsend Building
401 Federal St, Ste 2
Dover, DE 19901

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware