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U.S. Department of Education: Full-Service Community Schools (FCCS) Program

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program is supported by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools.

FSCS provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that are designed to improve education outcomes for children. The ESEA offers flexibilities at the State and local levels to implement strategies supported by community schools, such as coordination of school and community resources and afterschool programming and support for a community school coordinator. If a State educational agency (SEA) or local educational agency lacks the resources to implement community schools at scale, it can productively begin in neighborhoods where community schools are most needed and, therefore, students are most likely to benefit. The FSCS program provides catalytic support for the planning, implementation, operation, and coordination of effective services for children and families, particularly in high-poverty urban and rural areas, at the local level.

The program contains one absolute priority, four competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority.

  • Absolute priority: Entities will serve a minimum of two or more full-service community schools eligible for a schoolwide program as part of a community- or district-wide strategy.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 1 – Rural Districts. Small and rural or rural and low-income. Entities that include an LEA that satisfies the requirements of the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program or the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2 — Broadly Representative Consortiums. An entity that is a consortium comprised of a broad representation of stakeholders.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 3 — History of Effectiveness. An entity that is a consortium demonstrating a history of effectiveness.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 4 — Evidence-Based Activities, Strategies, or Interventions. An application that is supported by evidence that meets the definition of promising evidence (as defined in the notice).
  • Invitational Priority – Empowering Families With the Delivery of On-Demand Support Services that Meet the Unique Needs of Students. Projects that allow families to choose up to two service options that are in addition to the five required services under the FSCS program.

Amount: $13,700,000 is available to make up to 30 awards that range from $275,000 – $2,500,000 for each 12 month budget period for up to 60 months. An applicant shall provide matching funds through non-Federal contributions, either in cash or in-kind donations. The applicant must propose the amount of cash or in-kind resources to be contributed for each year of the grant.

Eligibility: A consortium of:
(a) (i) One or more LEAs, including public charter schools that operate as LEAs; or (ii) The Bureau of Indian Education; and
(b) One or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330895

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