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​School districts across the country have faced varying challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Partnership Grant will address the post-pandemic gaps in opportunity and unfinished teaching/learning that school districts in Illinois are facing. More specifically, the grant aims to decrease the gaps in meeting students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. 
Program Description:
  • Supporting local efforts to develop comprehensive school systems grounded in mental health and trauma through the following goals:
  • Provide communities the flexibility to determine the best approach to respond to the local mental health needs.
  • Allow funds to be used for a range of responses, from prevention to early intervention to treatment.
  • Support local efforts to integrate programs focused on non-cognitive development (social, emotional, and behavioral) and mental wellness for children.
  • Establish or expand supports addressing the wellbeing of parents/caregivers and teachers/school staff.
  • Expand opportunities for student learning beyond the normal school day.  
  • Create enduring partnerships between schools, community-based organizations, and mental health providers that will last beyond the grant.

 Community Partnership Capacity Building Resources

Illinois State Board of Education

ACT Now Illinois Resources

 FY22 Community Partnership Grant RFP

 Community Partnership Program Objectives

​Through the development or expansion of relationships, applicants, utilizing data from an evidenced-based needs assessment will develop an action plan that addresses the following: 
  • Integrated Student Wellness Supports: Address out-of-school barriers through partnerships with community social and health service agencies. Including, but not limited to: social-emotional learning; trauma; conflict resolution; restorative justice practices; access to mental health services; decreasing bullying; and punitive disciplinary actions.
  • Expanded Learning Time & Opportunities: Includes afterschool, weekend, and summer programs to provide additional academic instruction and support, enrichment activities and opportunities for real-world learning.
  • Active Parent/Guardian & Community Engagement: Bring into schools as educational partners and make schools a neighborhood hub for learning.
  • Collaborative Leadership & Practices: Build a culture of professional learning, collective trust, and shared responsibility.
  • Additionally, the plan must address how the following will be engaged in the process: 
    • Student Voice
    • Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment
    • Early Childhood
    • LGBQT populations
    • Homeless and youth-in-care
    • ​Marginalized communities​

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