K-12 Youth Services Community Grants Available

Grants of up to $250,000 are available in San Diego County to help community organizations and nonprofits support and improve educational options for children. These funds aim to identify and implement new ways to support educational equity, behavioral health, housing, and food stability, and provide mentorship to children in K-12 and to their families.

The grant money comes from fines tied to the district attorney’s successful prosecution of one of the nation’s largest fraud schemes targeting state education dollars.

“It is critical to provide students with the tools to not only survive but also thrive in life,” San Diego County Schools Superintendent Paul Gothold said in a statement. “But schools cannot do it alone. This grant program will help support students, families, and communities with high-impact partnerships, holistic services, and deeper learning. By working with our partners, we can fully prepare students for the world as it is today so they can forge the future they want and we all need.

The county uses these funds to help small community organizations with new programs or to expand existing ones. Proposals for the K-12 Youth Services Community Grant should focus on one or more of these areas:

  • Educational equity/acceleration of learning
  • Behavioral health needs
  • Housing, food stability, poverty
  • Mentoring

Organizations interested in applying for a K-12 Youth Services Community Grant must apply by 5 p.m. on June 3. Grants are expected to range from $50,000 to $250,000 for up to 12 months. To apply, go to https://bit.ly/3Giq1nU.

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