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Summer Reading Camp (SRC) Community Partnership Grant (CPG)

Grants to South Carolina School Districts Working with
Community Organizations for Summer Literacy Programs

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL)

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Deadline Date:

02/15/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to South Carolina school districts working collaboratively with community organizations for summer programs to improve the literacy of elementary school students. Funding is intended for programs or activities in schools with high poverty rates.

The purpose of the Summer Reading Camp (SRC) Community PartnershipGrant (CPG)is to provide students who are significantly below grade-level reading proficiency with the opportunity to receive quality, intensive instructional services and support. Camp staff must ensure that students are provided with a wide selection of texts and genres that are written on multiple reading levels in order to best serve the individual needs of students. For students to benefit from the summer program, they must attend regularly and be engaged in instructional and hands-on learning experiences. Sites should strategize ways to increase student attendance on a consistent basis including incentives for attendance and establishing frequent parental contact.

Allowable activities include evidence-based academic and enrichment activities to supplement academic content. Activities associated with all strategies and/or models must demonstrate a direct and/or indirect link to improving students’ reading abilities. Examples of enrichment activities include music, arts, sports, science, team building, community service, and other activities that allow for building positive relationships, character development, and developing leadership skills.

Funds may be used for books, educational grant-related field trips, stipends for tutors and/or teachers, professional development, and materials to provide hands-on learning experiences. Funds may also be used for grant requirements such as background checks.

For more information on grant requirements, see the RFP document in Supporting Documents below, pages 2-4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182961

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 10–15 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts will be determined based on the quality of applications received and total funding requested.

Term of Contract:

The 2019 grant funding period is March 20, 2019, through August 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are South Carolina community partnerships made up of community organizations and local school districts that are collaborating to provide SRCs and instructional support to struggling readers in elementary schools with a poverty index of 40 percent or greater.

Schools and school districts are encouraged to partner with county or school libraries, institutions of higher education, community organizations, faith-based institutions, businesses, pediatric and family practice medical personnel, and other groups to provide volunteers, mentors, tutors, space, or other support to assist with the provision of the SRC.

The SCDE strongly suggests that an eligible school district be the fiscal agent for the proposed program.

Grant funds may not be used to provide student stipends, construct facilities, or support political or religious activities. Equipment and supplies totaling more than $5,000 per unit are not allowable. Grantees may not subgrant components of this program to outside vendors. Funds used for any purpose other than those approved in the grant application will be disallowed. Indirect costs are not allowable.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Office of Early Learning and Literacy (OELL) will offer a technical assistance webinar via Adobe Connect on January 24, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to assist eligible applicants in understanding this RFP and how to apply for this grant. No password is required to join the session. Participants should enter their full names when logging in to the session. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their audio settings and download/print handouts. While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

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Pre-Application Information:

Timeline of Granting Process:
- January 24, 2019: Pre-application technical assistance session for applicants
- January 31, 2019: Email notice of intent due
- February 15, 2019: Deadline for receipt of applications (due by 5:00 p.m.)
- March 2019: Notification of awards
- March 20, 2019: Grant funding period begins; programs can begin
- August 15, 2019: Grant funding period ends
- August 31, 2019: Final report due to the SCDE

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number in order to apply.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Applicants should email a notice of intent to apply to:
Ablean Hanna, Education Associate for Early Learning and Literacy

South Carolina Department of Education
Office of Early Learning and Literacy
1429 Senate Street, Suite 926
Columbia, SC 29201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina