The Grants Committee reviews applications from school districts and/or their community partners for planning and implementation grants. The Grants Committee decides which grant request(s) will be approved and reviews each proposal based on how it conforms to grant guidelines developed by the Center for Community Schools Advisory Board. Factors include demonstrating that the required partners (school district, university or college, lead not-for-profit and health care provider) are in place and committed; the level of community match contributed; community support demonstrated, etc.
The Grants Committee consists of staff members from the Center for Community Schools and the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. The committee also includes at-large members with backgrounds in grant evaluation, public policy, education, business, etc.
Meetings are scheduled annually to review grant requests both for new planning grants and funding for implementation and ongoing operations for existing community school sites certified by the Center for Community Schools. An agenda and copies of all grants to be reviewed are sent to all participants at least two weeks prior to meetings.