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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.​​

 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.
  • LGBTQ Populations
  • 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​

 Resources for Grantees and Office Hours

​Office hours for Community Partnership Grantees are on Fridays during the 2022-2023 school year. Grantees may contact Community_Partnerships@isbe.net to receive the details for how to log into these office hours.
 
Each grantee has been assigned a designated ISBE Wellness team member to assist them with technical assistance related to their grant. Reach out to community_partnerships@isbe.net​ or 217-782-5270 to obtain the team member assigned to your entity if you do not have that information. 

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