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Deadline: June 20, 2014

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

The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program, which is funded under the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE), encourages coordination of academic, social, and health services through partnerships among: (1) public elementary and secondary schools; (2) the schools’ local educational agencies (LEAs); and (3) community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and other public or private entities.

Full-Service Community Schools provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children. The FY14 absolute priority for the current competition is: Projects that establish or expand full service community schools. This absolute priority supports projects that propose to establish or expand (through collaborative efforts among LEAs, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and other public and private entities) full-service community schools, as defined in this notice, offering a range of services. To meet this priority, an applicant must propose a project that is based on scientifically based research and that establishes or expands a full-service community school. Each applicant must propose to provide at least three of the following eligible services at each participating full service community school included in its proposed project:

  • High-quality early learning programs or services.
  • Remedial education, aligned with academic supports and other enrichment activities, providing students with a comprehensive academic program.
  • Family engagement, including parental involvement, parent leadership, family literacy, and parent education programs.
  • Mentoring and other youth development programs.
  • Community service and service learning opportunities.
  • Programs that provide assistance to students who have been chronically absent, truant, suspended, or expelled.
  • Job training and career counseling services.
  • Nutrition services and physical activities.
  • Primary health and dental care.
  • Activities that improve access to and use of social service programs and programs that promote family financial stability.
  • Mental health services.
  • Adult education and literacy services including instruction of adults in English as a second language.

Competitive preference (up to 3 points) is given to applicants working with communities that have been awarded a Promise Zone designation. Promise Zone designees have committed to establishing comprehensive, coordinated approaches in order to ensure that America’s most vulnerable children succeed from cradle to career. In January 2014, President Obama announced the first five Promise Zones: The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Kentucky Highlands. This designation is designed to assist local leaders in creating jobs, increasing economic activity, improving educational opportunities, leveraging private investment, and reducing violent crime in high-poverty urban, rural, and tribal communities. Note:  Applicants should submit a letter of support from the lead organization of a designated Promise Zone attesting to the contribution of the applicant’s proposed activities.

Amount: Up to 10 awards of up to $500,000 each will be made.  An applicant is encouraged to provide a minimum match of 20 percent through non-Federal contributions, either in cash or in-kind donations.

Eligibility:  To be eligible for a grant under this competition, an applicant must be a consortium consisting of an LEA and one or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities.

Note:  The Department of Education will hold a pre-application webinar for prospective applicants on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Washington, DC time. A notice of intent to apply is requested by May 21, 2014 via e-mail.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/communityschools/applicant.html

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