Clayton County community engagement grants

Our first investment in Clayton County aims to support strengthening family and community engagement for K-12 public education. The grant fund will allocate $100,000 towards family and community engagement programming that empowers families with tools and knowledge to support their child’s learning and education experience. The grant is open to grassroots organizations, public schools serving Clayton County students, and the Clayton County School district.

Partnering with families and the community is essential to driving student outcomes and providing equitable education. We believe family and community engagement is one factor that will help advance our mission of every child in every community receiving a great K-12 public education.

Funding Focus Areas

A one-year grant of $25,000 will be awarded to four entities to support programming from July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025. Funding will specifically target two areas and grant proposals must align to at least one focus area. 

Education Innovation

Initiatives that increase math and literacy access for students and families in a way that is more intensive, different than the norm, evidence-based, and tailored to the unique needs of the community.

Community Empowerment and Advocacy

Initiatives that empower caregivers to hold leaders accountable and be more involved in their student’s education, either through increasing civic knowledge and engagement or exercising choice in where their student attends school. 

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Title I Clayton County Public School
  • Title I public school serving a majority Clayton County student population (state or district charter schools)
  • 501(c)(3) organizations that partner with K-12 public schools in Clayton County, or entities with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
  • Clayton County Public Schools district departments 

How It Works!

  • The application window is from March 25, 2024 to April 26, 2024.
  • This is not a rolling application. redefinED atlanta will review all applications after April 26, 2024. Selected applicants will be notified by June 7, 2024.
  • redefinED atlanta will provide technical support for entities that are awarded funding. This technical support will include planning to support engagement efforts beyond the grant period. 
  • Grant recipients will be required to meet with redefinED staff two times during the grant period for progress monitoring check-ins and will be required to provide a grant report. 

Grant Application Key Components

  • Applicants must aim to support current students and families enrolled in a title I public school serving a majority of Clayton County student population
  • Proposals must align with at least one of the priority funding areas: Education Innovation or Community Empowerment & Advocacy  
  • Equitable: Proposal seeks to advance equity by focusing on students furthest from opportunity. Priority will be given to proposals that target the following populations: 
    • Students with disabilities
    • English Language Learners
    • Students who are unhoused (must align to the McKinney-Vento definition of unhoused) 
    • Schools with high student mobility rates
  • Scalability: Initiative is scaling an already successful effort and increasing impact to the number of students OR has the potential to be expanded if successful to serve more schools, students, or families.
  • Achievable: States the outcomes the proposal seeks to achieve and describes a path for it to be implemented in the near term with the necessary support and capacity to be executed well.
  • Systemic: Proposal represents a transformation or practice that will endure and evolve. 
  • Impact & Metrics: Proposals must show how impact will be measured and tracked by including ambitious, but realistic metrics that can be progress monitored. 
  • Budgets should explain how you will use funding from the grant to achieve the proposal’s goals.
  • Budgets must include a breakdown of all the expenses and add up to the grant amount of $25,000. 
  • This template can be used to outline the program budget 

Supporting Resources

Clayton County Public Schools’ 2021-2026 Strategic Improvement Plan

Questions? For more information, email Meiling Jabbaar at [email protected]