Community Collaboration Challenge
With Support from the New York Life Foundation
The National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS), a public-private partnership including AmeriCorps, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education is excited to launch a stipend program with support from the New York Life Foundation. This stipend program is designed to help connect schools and districts with high-quality providers of NPSS-aligned supports—tutors, mentors, student success coaches, wraparound/integrated student support coordinators, and post-secondary transition coaches—in their communities.
These $5,000 stipends are to be used to host local 1-2 day catalyst events that bring together school and district leaders, local non-profits, colleges and universities, student and family groups, local government agencies, local or regional provider networks, and other community leaders in conversation about where and how to bring more evidence-based, people-powered supports to young people in schools and in out of school time settings. In addition to funding, grantees will also have access to technical assistance from the NPSS Hub in the form of tools, guidance, access to networks, support identifying local high-quality student support providers, and connections to other communities.
The application for the Community Collaboration Challenge opens on January 25th with awards being announced in late March of 2023. Funding applications will be reviewed by a diverse team of judges and the NPSS Steering Committee using this Community Collaboration Challenge Rubric. Grantees should plan and hold these connector events in late spring or summer in the lead-up to the new school year.
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Application opens January 25, 2023
Application closes March 3, 2023, 11:59pm ET | (The Application deadline has passed.)
Stipend funding announced March 21, 2023
The goals of the NPSS Community Collaboration Challenge are to:
- Catalyze collaboration between stakeholders within communities around getting more people-powered and evidence-based supports to students in and out of school;
- Support communities to identify both barriers and opportunities related to supporting young people to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and thrive;
- Support communities to identify collaborative solutions to shared challenges and set initial goals;
- Offer guidance, technical assistance, and resources necessary to facilitate identification of quality, NPSS-aligned supports and connection to schools and districts;
- Identify bright spots to share as validators to inspire additional communities to design and implement local partnerships for student success.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which organizations can apply?
US-based community-based organizations (CBOs), schools, districts, local government organizations, or non-profit organizations that are interested in serving as a leader in their community to spur cross-sector collaboration and/or to establish a local or state-level partnership for student success. For profit organizations and individuals are not eligible.
Are these stipends available to smaller programs? We live in a small suburb and sometimes lack larger resources/connections.
The Community Collaboration Challenge is for communities of all sizes in all locations in the United States.
My organization has multiple sites that are interested in applying for the stipends. Can more than one apply?
Great! We encourage you to apply! An organization may apply for more than one site.
We have a strong partnership with our school district. Can these funds be used to mobilize our young adult alumni mentees?
The intention of the funds is to convene various stakeholders. These $5,000 stipends are to be used to host local 1-2 day connector events that bring together school and district leaders, local non-profits, colleges and universities, student and family groups, local government agencies, and other community leaders in conversation about where and how to bring more evidence-based, people-powered supports to young people in schools and in out of school settings.
Are non-profits in the U.S. Virgin Islands or other U.S territories that work with youth eligible?
Organizations in all U.S. states and territories are eligible to apply.
Are national non-profits, who have regional/state/local programming eligible to apply?
National non-profits with regional, state, and/or local programs are eligible to apply.
What limitations are there on the allowable uses for the funding?
1. Expenses related to hosting events and convening stakeholders are the allowable uses of this funding.
2. Stipend funds may not be used for any of the following purposes: to attempt to influence legislation or the outcome of any specific public election; to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive; or to undertake any activities for a non-charitable purpose.
3. Stipend funds may not be used for purchases of alcohol or first or business-class travel.
Is there a matching requirement for the funding?
There are no matching requirements associated with this funding.
Is this a federal grant?
No, this is not a federal grant, nor is it a grant from a government entity. No federal funding is being used for this program. The Community Collaboration Challenge is a stipend program created by the NPSS Support Hub, based at the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University with generous support from the New York Life Foundation. Stipends will be issued by Johns Hopkins University.
How many organizations will you be able to fund?
We are looking to identify and fund 12 local, regional, or state-level groups committed to getting more evidence-based, people-powered supports to children and youth in their communities.
What types of grant activities are allowable for local government agencies to collaborate with schools and communities?
Should a state or local government agency be awarded the stipend, the NPSS Hub team will work with the awardee to ensure that the fund’s flow is in alignment with local rules and regulations.
What does the ideal event look like?
The ideal event is unique to every community and its needs and assets. The goal of the stipend program is to organize a community response that meets the scale and scope of identified student needs.
Will professional development/training support be provided for non-profits?
Yes. Grantees will have access to technical assistance from the NPSS Hub in the form of tools, guidance, access to networks, support identifying local high-quality student support providers, and connections to other communities. The NPSS Hub will host two required calls for all grantees, with additional optional collaboration calls made available during the grant period. We will also send awardees a toolkit to support the design and execution of their catalyzer event.
What is the timeline for the 2023 Community Collaboration Challenge?
The application for the Community Collaboration Challenge is now open now and closes on March 3rd. Awards will be announced in late March.
Are we going to participate in the challenge prior to funding being awarded?
Applications/Requests for Proposals are due on March 3rd and awardees will be announced in late March. We anticipate that awardees will use the funding to host events in the spring or summer of 2023 in the lead up to implementation in the 2023/2024 school year.
What have been some success stories from past funding, if previously awarded?
This program is the first of its kind launched by the NPSS Hub. Awardees will be provided with a toolkit and technical assistance to support their design and execution of a successful event. The NPSS Hub will also collect feedback from grantees.
How do you define high-quality student support providers?
The NPSS Hub recently released voluntary quality standards which are designed for use by schools, districts, state education agencies, youth-serving organizations, foundations, community groups, and others to better understand essential components of quality, set goals as part of existing or emerging continuous improvement processes, set goals when designing new programs, and consider prospective partners. These voluntary quality standards define elements of quality across the five NPSS student support roles – tutoring, mentoring, student success coaching, postsecondary transition coaching, and wraparound/integrated student support coordination. They are essential to any effort to recruit, train, place, and support staff and volunteers in programs that are safe, supportive, and effectively engage students and families and can be useful in your work to identify high-quality student supports in your community. Please note that a community is not required to meet all aspects of the voluntary quality standards in order to be eligible for the Community Collaboration Challenge. The goal of the Community Collaboration Challenge is to convene relevant stakeholders in a community to plan for the implementation, expansion, or improvement of student supports.
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