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Home » Policy & Funding » Grants & Grant Management » 2020-21 Community Based Organization Grants

2020-21 Community Based Organization Grants

OSPI has allocated $8.1 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds (ESSER funds) through the CARES Act to provide grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to work in partnership with schools and school districts to support reopening efforts in the 2020-21 school year.

The grants will be provided both to large statewide CBOs with regional networks and to smaller, local CBOs who serve specific local needs and populations. The CBO grants will be focused on expanded learning and integrated student supports to address student and family needs. The grants can also be used to strengthen language and disability access for families and students.

Expanded Learning & Integrated Student Supports 

Throughout the different reopening models, community-based organizations are in a unique position to support school districts by provided expanded learning opportunities and integrated student supports that complement student learning, address identified needs, and provide wraparound services to students and their families.

Expanded Learning Opportunities 

  • Expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) are educational activities offered to students before or after school, during school, during intersession breaks, and during summer.
  • ELOs can also include educational supports for blocks of asynchronous (students working on independent learning) and synchronous (students working in real time with an educator) learning time.
  • Such opportunities can build skills through hands-on, experiential learning, and expand upon and compliment traditional learning that happens during the school day.
  • More information about ELOCs can be found in the 2018 ELOC Guide.

Integrated Student Supports 

Integrated student supports (ISS) are a school-based approach to promoting students’ academic success through an integrated system that addresses academic, social-emotional, physical, and mental health and non-academic needs of the student. ISS can also focus on identifying and providing supportive factors for a family such as basic needs, economic supports, childcare, and other community supports.

  • Includes student support frameworks such as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Response to Intervention (RTI), School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF), and other tiered systems of support that address one or more domains of learning and development.
  • More information about ISS can be found in the 2017 Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol.

Guidance Steps for Applications in iGrants

Applying for a grant in the iGrants system is a two step process:

  1. An EDS account must be created by a user that would like to apply for the grant
  2. An organization must be created by OSPI’s Customer Support team

First, please create an EDS account. You can do this by navigating to the EDS Sign In page, and then click on the “Create an Account” tab.  Follow the prompts to create an EDS for yourself (EDS accounts are created at the individual level, not for an organization).

Once you have created an EDS account, please email Customer Support and provide the following information for your organization:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your email address
  • Legal name of your organization
  • Street address of your organization
  • City
  • State
  • Zip
  • Business phone (with area code)

Once the Customer Support team has this information, they will process your request and provide access to iGrants. Please note, Customer Support’s response time is typically 48-72 hours, please plan accordingly.