San Diego County Offers Community Grant Program for K-12 Youth Services | News

The county announced today that grants of up to $250,000 are available to help community and nonprofit organizations support, promote, and improve educational options for children in San Diego County. County leaders want to help organizations identify and implement new and innovative ways to support educational equity and accelerated learning, support behavioral health needs, address housing, food stability and poverty, and providing K-12 mentoring opportunities.and K-12 youth and their families.

This opportunity is made possible by court-ordered fines tied to the district attorney’s successful prosecution of one of the nation’s largest fraud schemes targeting state dollars earmarked for K-12 education.

“It’s truly gratifying for our team at the District Attorney’s Office to see millions of dollars that have been recovered in restitution in our massive public corruption lawsuits being used to care for our children by reducing inequality. and improving opportunities for San Diego County students.” said San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan.

Last fall, a task force was convened to help identify areas of need that could positively impact K-12 youth in our community. Representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, the Office of Equity and Racial Justice, the Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services and Child Protective Services, industry youth from Live Well San Diego and the County Office of Education participated in this important effort.

“It’s critical to provide students with the tools to not only survive, but also thrive in life,” said San Diego County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gothold. “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 provide opportunities for small community organizations to launch promising new programs or expand existing programs to improve educational outcomes and reduce inequities and disparities in our communities.

Proposals for the K-12 Youth Services Community Grant must focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Equity in Education/Accelerated 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. Friday, June 3. Grants are expected to range from $50,000 to $250,000 and be used for a maximum period of twelve months.

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