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DC Community Schools Incentive Initiative–Truancy Prevention and Literacy Pilot Program (CSII-TPLP)

Grants to Washington, DC Educational Agencies and Local
Partners to Establish and Operate Community Schools

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) – Division of Systems and Supports

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09/16/19 3:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC partnerships between local educational agencies and community groups to establish and operate a community school. Funding is intended to increase student attendance and provide literacy support in kindergarten through fifth grade. The goal of the grant is to test whether additional resources concurrently focusing on numerous community partners dealing with literacy intervention, parental engagement, and social- emotional issues with elementary school students will significantly improve attendance.

A “community school” is a public and private partnership to coordinate educational, developmental, family, health, and after-school-care programs during school and non-school hours for students, families, and local communities at a public school or public charter school with the objectives of improving academic achievement, reducing absenteeism, building stronger relationships between students, parents, and communities, and improving the skills, capacity, and well-being of the surrounding community residents. 
According to the Institute for Educational Leadership, in many urban areas, community schools have been an effective approach to ensure that students and their parents/caregivers have access to school and community programs and services that help them to achieve success in life. Through the establishment of community schools, with a primary focus on truancy and literacy supports, the goal of the grant is to increase student achievement, improve attendance, increase state assessment outcomes, and address many of the challenges faced by economically disadvantaged communities.
OSSE will give priority to eligible consortiums that include three or more community partners that provide at least one of the eligible services:
  1. Programs designed to increase attendance, including reducing early chronic absenteeism rates;
  2. Programs designed to: (i) Facilitate parental involvement in, and engagement with, their children’s education, including parental activities that involve supporting, monitoring, and advocating for their children’s education; (ii) Promote parental leadership in the life of the school; and (iii)Build parenting skills;
  3. Programs that provide a full continuum of school-based, early literacy intervention services for all grades pre-K through 3, consisting of developmentally appropriate components for each grade, through a comprehensive intervention model. 
Funding may be used to cover costs of salaries and benefits of personnel, transportation for students/community members/staff to conduct grant-related activities, materials, training, and to support the promotion of community partnerships.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186669

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Number of Grants:

Up to two grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

An eligible consortium may apply for an award amount of $300,000.

Term of Contract:

The FY20 grant award period is from Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OSSE will make these grants available through a competitive process to eligible consortiums. As defined by the Community Schools Incentive Act of 2012, an “eligible consortium” is a “partnership established between a local educational agency and one or more community partners for purposes of establishing, operating, and sustaining a community school.”

The LEA consortium member may be either the District of Columbia Public Schools or a DC Public Charter School LEA. While an LEA must be a consortium member, the community school must be located at one public school or public charter school within the LEA. A consortium may submit multiple applications; however, an application may propose to create a community school at only one school location.

OSSE will give priority to eligible consortiums that include:
(1) An LEA with an elementary school with:
(a) more than 25% of students in grades kindergarten through 5 who were chronically truant in the 2018-19 school year; and
(b) more than 25% of students who scored at level 1 or level 2 on the state assessment for English language arts in the 2018-19 school year; and
(2) Three or more community partners that provide at least one of the eligible services.

Funding may not be used for indirect costs. Funding may also not be used for daily homework, travel expenses for employees, and other personnel of members of the eligible consortium. NOTE: Prior written approval shall be obtained before incurring a special or unusual cost.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OSSE held a pre-application webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 to answer questions about the RFA and grant competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by Sept. 16, 2019, 3:00 PM. OSSE estimates that it will award grants by Oct. 11, 2019; however, this date may change. It is recommended that applicants submit their application 3 to 5 days in advance of the deadline.

For additional information regarding this grant competition, please contact Melissa Harper-Butler.

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Contact Information:

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

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Melissa Harper-Butler, Program Analyst, Special Programs Unit
Division of Systems and Supports, K-12
1050 First Street NE, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 478-2409

Office of Partnerships and Grant Services
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW, 707 North
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-8900
Fax: (202) 727-1652
TTY: 711

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USA: Washington, DC