2021 ED PLUS! GRANT CYCLE
The 2021 Education Plus! grant cycle will open September 3, 2021 and will close in May of 2022.
Applications will be accepted from Solano County public school teachers in grades K-12, and from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Solano County residents. SCF's funding goals are to reduce poverty at its root cause. Funding will support educational projects committed to achieving and improving reading and math skills at grade level, and projects that address employment training and job readiness for youth and young adults.
Small grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to teachers to support projects that exhibit the “Plus! Factor,” i.e., those that enhance learning, improve student achievement, and augment participants’ educational experience in unique and successful ways. These grants are available for teacher-student projects to create unique learning experiences for their students that truly embrace education excellence as the "Plus!" factor.
Nonprofit organizations may apply for larger grants, up to $10,000 to support reading and math programs (e.g., remedial and mentoring projects, interventions programs, and after-school and summer programs). Grant monies will also support employment education and training and job readiness projects, specifically those expected to make the greatest positive impact. Award amounts will vary depending upon the scope and purpose of each funding request.
THE EDUCATION "PLUS!" FACTOR
The Education "Plus!" factor must be clearly evident and defined by the applicant in their request. Projects that encourage creativity, increase participant involvement and motivation to learn, supplement and enrich the standard curriculum, and enhance school and educational activities in ways that directly and positively affect students’ learning will receive the strongest consideration for funding.
Teachers or qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are interested in applying for a grant should first read the grant eligibility and application instructions, then choose and complete the appropriate application form. Download and save the grant application form before you complete it. Return the completed application to SCF by email to Valerie Rogers, our Grants & Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Ed Plus! Grant Eligibility & Application Instructions
2021 Ed Plus! School Teacher Grant Application Form
2021 Ed Plus! Nonprofit Grant Application Form
READING, MATH & JOB READINESS
SCF is committed to addressing poverty and unemployment at the root of the disparity – education. We are working collaboratively with schools and nonprofit organizations to help lift the overall economic picture of Solano County and help raise families out of poverty. By funding programs that address the deficiency issues of grade-level reading skills, appropriate grade-level math placement, and job readiness (employment training) we can make a positive impact in our community.
Solano County is the least-advantaged county in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Our unemployment rate and our poverty level are higher than the other surrounding counties, but especially in Fairfield, Vallejo, and Dixon. Many of our students are from very low-income families, and many face a multitude of difficult and poverty-related challenges. The California Board of Education has classified about 53% of students in Solano County as socio-economically disadvantaged.
Reading, math, and job readiness skills relate directly to a person’s ability to attain the skills necessary for high-paying jobs. Positions in the STEM areas are particularly well-paid, and therefore highly sought after. All require a college education, and both grade-level reading ability and math placement directly affect the decision or ability to attend college and graduate. Not attending college can limit one’s earning ability all through life, and one’s earning ability has a direct effect on lifting people and families out of poverty. Not all students can or want to attend college, but reading at grade-level will improve the chances that a student will graduate from high-school.
READING SKILLS. Research shows that children who do not read at grade level by the end of the third grade lag behind their classmates while still in school, and most likely will not complete high school. Also, children who do not read at grade level by the end of the third grade have a higher high-school drop-out rate, generally remain behind academically, get in trouble at school and with the law at a greater rate, and tend to remain in poverty all their lives. An increase in achieving reading skills is directly linked to breaking the cycle of poverty, and is one of the three key drivers of economic success.
MATH SKILLS. Evidence also shows that many students are misplaced in math classes in ninth grade, whether through perceived or unperceived bias in testing and placement, or the student’s true level of math skills. A disproportionate number of these students are young males of color. If students do not enter the appropriate level of math in the ninth grade, many of these students will not be able to enter college. They will be unable to take the required levels of math in the rest of their high school years to qualify for entry either to the University of California system or to the California State University system.
Visit the Education Plus! Program Fund page to make an online donation in support of this program, or send your gift by check to the Foundation. Your generosity will make a positive difference in the lives of Solano County children and their families!