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The Healthy Community Investments Grants is a two-part initiative that will support Illinois State Board of Education goalsPDF Document.

Public Act 99-0524 appropriates $15 million in General Revenue funds to provide the Healthy Community Investments Grants to school districts and community organizations for after-school programming, as well as other programming outside of the normal school day.

School district grant allocations total $12.5 million out of the $15 million appropriated. Another $2.5 million is competitive grant allocations for non-school district applicants.

School districts that have low-income concentrations of 60 percent or more will be awarded a base grant of $25,000 and additional funding will be based on district's General State Aid Low Income Count. These districts will be contacted about the funding opportunity. 

Non-school district applicants for the competitive part of the grant must be serving 90 percent or more low-income students with a minimum of 100 students. (Please note that those in the After School Matters Program will not be eligible because of a separate appropriation in Public Act 99-0524.) Other criteria includes:

  • Documented success in raising academic outcomes.
  • Documented evidence of a strong relationship with the local school or school district.
  • Documented evidence of effective enrichment activities and increased student safety.
  • Documented evidence of effective grant management.
  • Applicants also must be registered under the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA), which includes a current DUNS number, SAM CAGE Code, good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State. In addition, applicants cannot be on the Federal Excluded Parties List. ​

The purpose of the grant awards are to:

  • Improve academic outcomes for students;
  • Provide opportunities for enrichment activities in a safe and healthy environment;
  • Provide opportunities to strengthen public, private, and philanthropic partnerships so that quality support services are more durable for students facing the greatest challenges.

The State Board of Education approved the Healthy Communities Investment Grants at the Jan. 24, 2017, board meeting. (Agenda and MinutesPDF Document, PacketPDF Document)

 Afterschool Snacks and Meals

​Grantees are encouraged to review and explore opportunities for participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Afterschool Snack Program and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Meals

NSLP offers cash reimbursements to help schools serve snacks to children in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and wellbeing of children and youth in our communities.
The At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of CACFP offers federal funding to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack to children in low-income areas. 
CACFP and NSLP are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. Email questions to cnp@isbe.net​ or call ISBE’s Nutrition and Wellness Programs Division at (800) 545-7892.

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