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Interdistrict Cooperative Grant Program 2021-2022

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Educational Boards and
Centers for Programs to Close the Achievement Gap

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Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) - Office of Strategic Planning and Partnerships

Deadline Date:

01/29/21 4:00 PM - Received electronically


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, boards of education, and regional educational service centers for collaborative activities to decrease the achievement gap for disadvantaged and minority students. Preference will be given to students who are residents of Hartford.

Programs must have 45 operating hours and at least 30 hours of face-to-face or virtual contact time among students from the cooperating districts.

Interdistrict Cooperative Grant (IDCG) programs should provide innovative opportunities for students to gain exposure to other students from different backgrounds in meaningful ways. Applicant program goals should support urban, suburban and rural districts working voluntarily together to reduce the racial, ethnic and economic isolation of students and create settings where students can assemble, interact and learn. These programs should also increase student achievement and include research-based approaches to promote understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is seeking applicants to establish interdistrict cooperative programs, particularly ones serving Hartford resident elementary and secondary students. In determining application approval and funds awarded, the CSDE shall consider the following factors as well as other factors as set forth in the application:

  1. Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Economic Isolation – significant, meaningful, well-articulated programs and activities based on sound research;
  2. Increasing High Academic Achievement of All Students in Reading, Writing, Mathematics or Science – programs that aligned with current Connecticut Standards and frameworks in K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics, with academically sound enrichment activities as a significant component. Programs and activities must be designed to lead to observable and measurable improvement in student learning and academic achievement;
  3. Objectives and Description of the proposed program;
  4. Cost of Program (up to $100,000);
  5. Number of school districts and students that will benefit - The Commissioner shall not award a grant for a program, other than a lighthouse school, in which more than 80 percent of the students are from one school district; and
  6. Relative wealth of the participating school districts.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176406

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award requests of up to $100,000 will be accepted.

Term of Contract:

The CSDE shall award grants annually beginning on July 1, 2021, and concluding on June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to local and regional school districts, Regional Educational Service Centers (RESC), and nonsectarian nonprofit organizations approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Such programs, for local and regional boards of education and RESCs, may include programs funded pursuant to Section 10-266bb of the C.G.S. and interdistrict magnet school programs that meet the following criteria. Such programs: 1) must be conducted at the magnet school; 2) must serve primarily children who are not enrolled in the magnet school; and 3) cannot be programs for which a local or regional board of education or a RESC receives funds pursuant to Sections 10-264h or 10-264l of the C.G.S.

To be funded under this grant, the program requires: the participation of two or more local or regional school districts; RESCs solely or pursuant to a cooperative arrangement with one or more local or regional boards of education; and a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization approved by the Commissioner of Education serving two or more local or regional school districts, that together provide a program to a diverse student body, or in the case of a lighthouse school, by a local or regional board of education or RESC. Programs may operate during the regular school year, during the summer or a combination of both. Summer residential programs are also an option.

Pre-Application Information:

- Date Posted: November 17, 2020
- Application Deadline: January 29, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
- Notification of Awards: July 2021

One application shall be allowed per lead applicant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact: (preferred)
Phone: (860) 713-6575

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut

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