United Way of Racine County Community School mini-grant opportunity

united wayUnited Way of Racine County will be offering mini-grants for enrichment programs that will be provided in the Knapp Elementary Community School after school hours. The application will be released on August 1, with funding starting on October 1, 2016.

What is a community school?
A Community School is a strategy—not a program—that organizes the resources of the school and the community around student success. Community Schools are both a place and a set of integrated partnerships between the school and other community resources. Community Schools have an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, community engagement and development, and are open to everyone – before school, after school, weekends, and summers.

What is considered an enrichment program?
An enrichment program supplements regular school activity. Its purpose is to enhance the academic curriculum with special projects or activities, examples could be but are not limited to; arts, crafts, dance, theater, indoor/outdoor recess activities and etc. Enrichment programs at the Knapp Elementary Community School must:
 Run during after school hours (3:40pm – 7pm) on a consistent schedule throughout the school year (October – May; no one-time programs).
 Be delivered by trained staff and volunteers.
 Have experience facilitating programs with low-income youth and families that are measurably successful.
 Be free for participants.
 Ensure that all staff and volunteers who provide services in the school pass a background check.

Any nonprofit in Racine County that provides enrichment programs to youth is encouraged to apply.
The application will be available between August 1, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. until August 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
All Community School mini-grants must be submitted online through eCImpact community investment / grant management software at www.unitedwayracine.org. Under the words CONNECT, click on Agency Login. If the agency is new to the United Way of Racine County investment process, a new account will have to be set up by providing a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN) number. If agency has an established account on eCImpact, the Community School mini-grant is available under Funding 2016-17.

All mini-grants are reviewed by the Community Investment Committee and recommendations will be made to the board of directors for funding approval. Submitted mini-grant requests do not guarantee funding. Applicants will be notified by mail regarding funding decisions.

Nothing is more important to Racine County’s long-term economic prosperity than the development of a workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform the job. That is why United Way is focusing its work on building an educated workforce. United Way will help the workforce of tomorrow by ensuring students graduate high school with the knowledge, skills and motivation to succeed in college, vocational training or career. United Way will support the workforce of today by assisting individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency, supporting future advancement, and increasing the number of Racine County residents who participate in quality physical and mental health practices. United Way is employing strategies in education, financial stability, health, and basic needs to ensure programs and investments are more focused, more measurable, more accountable, and more aligned with the needs of the community. The Community School is an integral part of United Way’s education strategy.