Reminder: Community Grants Program accepting Letters-of-Interest through October 14
The College Spark Washington Community Grants Program is an annual, statewide, grantmaking program focused on building the effectiveness of grantees that have demonstrated experience serving low-income students and generating knowledge related to college readiness in middle school and successful transition to college.
As a reminder, the Community Grants Program will be accepting Letters-of-Interest (LOI) through October 14, 2013. You can visit our website to learn more about promising practices for improving the Community Grants Program outcome indicators. All projects that receive Community Grants funding must measure their impact by using at least one of the outcome indicators below:
Outcomes that focus on middle school success
Outcomes that focus on the successful transition to college
- Increase the number of students who enroll in and pass Algebra by the end of 8th grade
- Reduce the number of middle school students who trigger two or more of three early warning indicators: five or more absences during a single school semester, one or more course failures, a suspension, or expulsion
- Reduce the number of students that require development education when they transition from high school to college
- Increase the number of students who pass their first college-level English or math course - either while in high school, after taking development education classes, or directly upon entering college
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and schools that work with middle school, high school, and college students.
To learn more about the Community Grants Program, contact Rachel Clements, Program Officer, at Rachel@collegespark.org.
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