The San Diego Foundation announced the availability of nearly $2 million in multi-year grant funding available for community-based organizations that address pandemic-related social isolation or trauma endured by elementary and middle school students.
According to the organization, students hit hardest by COVID-19 were already the student groups facing the most significant barriers and the worst outcomes. The multi-year grants will go out to “high-quality summer learning programs to San Diego County students throughout summer 2023 and summer 2024,” according to the foundation.
These programs must serve North, East, and South County 3rd through 8th-grade students who are furthest from opportunity, including those from low-income households, English learners, and students with disabilities. The San Diego Foundation anticipates awarding 12 to 15 grants of approximately $100,000 to $175,000 for the two-year period.
“High-quality expanded learning programs such as after-school programs have strong connections to instruction and provide enriching opportunities for students furthest from opportunity,” said Michelle Jaramillo, Director of Educational Initiatives. “Post-COVID, summer learning programs are more critical than ever to help students accelerate learning, and address the isolation and trauma experienced during the height of the pandemic.”
The organization cited statistics released earlier this year from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which revealed decreases in student achievement were the greatest amongst students traditionally furthest from opportunity, widening already existing learning gaps between White students and students of color.
SDF will host a grantseekers forum and summer learning workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, and office hours with SDF Education Initiatives team members on Friday, Dec. 2 and 9. The deadline to apply for a grant is Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. To apply or learn more about this grant opportunity, visit the SDF website.