The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced a $100 million grant to support the social-emotional well-being and mental health of students and educators. The grant will fund partnerships between school districts and community organizations to address the trauma students and educators have experienced during the pandemic. The Community Partnership Grant will help engage both schools and community health and services providers in the treatment of students’ and educators’ mental health needs. The grant is open to all partnerships between school districts and community organizations statewide but gives priority to high-need school districts (those in Tiers 1 and 2 of the Evidence-Based Funding formula) and partnerships proposing to serve the communities most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant recipients will conduct a needs assessment to pinpoint gaps in local trauma-informed practices. Grantees then will design and implement action plans to increase integrated supports and services. Action plans will include supports during and outside of the typical school day, as well as family engagement, and professional learning. Find more information on ISBE’s Mental Health webpage. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. November 1st.
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September 30, 2021 at 06:10AM