The Healthy Communities Investment Grant will enable school districts to take a lead role in cross-sector partnerships as centers of collective impact. Communities, with school districts as lead applicants, can apply for competitive grants to develop partnerships with local governmental entries, education organizations, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, and philanthropic groups to activate initiatives. Funding is provided for collaborative approaches and to bridge support services that are sustainable for children and families to help ensure students are present, focused, and ready to learn in the classroom.
The Healthy Community Investments Grant Program is a two-part initiative that supports Illinois State Board of Education goals. The agency goals include ensuring that every child in each public school system in the state of Illinois deserves to attend a system wherein:
- All kindergartners are assessed for readiness.
- Ninety percent or more third-grade students are reading at or above grade level.
- Ninety percent or more fifth-grade students meet or exceed expectations in mathematics.
- Ninety percent or more of ninth-graders are on track to graduate with their cohort.
- Ninety percent or more students graduate from high school ready for college and career.
- All students are supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders.
- Every school offers a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.
The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities outside of the school day to:
- Improve academic outcomes for students; and/or
- Provide opportunities for enrichment activities in a safe and healthy environment; and/or
- Provide opportunities to strengthen public, private, and philanthropic partnerships so that quality support services are more durable for students facing the greatest challenges.
Project activities for the Healthy Community Investments Grants-Provider could include, but are not limited to, summer programming or bridge programs that might currently be focused on a smaller number of students; increasing numbers served or activities offered to current activities and funded programs; increased planning and building of relationships with schools and community-based groups. All grant awardees must submit complete and accurate performance and financial reports.
After Schools Matter Program will not be eligible due to the $3.4 million appropriation provided in PA 101-0007.
Funds received under this program must be used to supplement, and not supplant, funds that would otherwise be used for authorized activities. Non-allowable expenses include: