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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
Family and Community Engagement Program (FCEP)
2021-2025
A New York State My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
New York State Education Department’s Data Privacy Appendix for Grant Contracts Adobe PDF

Legislative Authority

Chapter 53 of the laws of 2016. With the adoption of the 2016-2017 New York State budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s My Brother’s Keeper challenge.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of the FCEP is to increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness of boys and young men of color. Many schools and districts are faced with the challenge of how to develop and sustain effective relationships with families towards the goal of increasing student success. Teacher, Principals and School District leaders identify family engagement as one of the most challenging aspects of their work. When narrowing the scope of this ongoing concern to the issues of boys and young men of color, it is not only an issue of engaging and connecting to the immediate family, but to the extended family and the larger community.

Anticipated Project Period

September 1, 2021- August 31, 2022 (Year One)
September 1, 2022- August 31, 2023 (Year Two)
September 1, 2023- August 31, 2024 (Year Three)
September 1, 2024- August 31, 2025 (Year Four)

Eligibile Applicants

  1. New York State public school districts which meet the following criteria may submit individual applications:

    1. School districts must have a Free & Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL) eligibility rate greater than 55% of district enrollment, an English Language Learner (ELL) enrollment rate greater than 1%, and a four-year August graduation rate of less than 90% at least once during the 2015-16 through 2018-19 school years.

      OR

    2. School district must have a FRPL eligibility rate greater than 60% of district enrollment and a four-year August graduation rate of less than 85% at least once during the 2015-16 through 2018-19 school years.

      OR

    3. School districts must have an ELL enrollment rate greater than 3% and a four-year August graduation rate of less than 90% at least once during the 2015-16 through 2018-19 school years.

      For the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE):
      Individual applications must be submitted by a Community School District, High School District or District #75. The Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee must sign the application in addition to the abovementioned superintendent’s signature.

  2. New York State public school districts which meet the above criteria may apply as a consortium of up to 4 School districts and submit a single application with their member BOCES:

    A New York State BOCES must serve as the fiscal agent/applicant and is eligible to apply for this opportunity on behalf of a partnership, which must include a consortium of component districts.

NOTE:

A consortium is defined as an association or grouping of institutions set up for a common purpose that would be beyond the capabilities of a single member of the group. A consortium must meet all requirements established in NYSED’s Consortium Policy for State and Federal Grant Programs found in the RFP.

The consortium lead should ensure that all consortium members are included in one (1) application total, and no consortium member is submitting an individual application or participating in any other consortium.

REMEMBER:

To determine eligibility as either an individual applicant or consortium member, districts should use the following school year data:

ELL and FERPL % - 2015-2019 school year data
Graduation rates - 2015-2019 graduation rates based upon the 2015 total cohort – 4-Year Outcome - August 2019 data

Public charter schools, non-public schools and home-school groups or associations are not eligible to apply for these funds.

Mandatory Partnership Agreement

Partnership agreements are required as part of the application. The partners are the applicant school district or BOCES and any tribal government, local (town or village government), Chamber of Commerce, business, community-based organizations, and institutions of higher education taking an active role in the implementation of the program.

Applications must include a Partnership Agreement signed by all partners (minimum of Superintendent, and at least one Mayor or equivalent municipality elected official, a local business/community-based organization or postsecondary institution senior administrator) to be reviewed for consideration.

Applications that do not include a Partnership Agreement signed by all required partners will not be reviewed for consideration. Letters of support will not be accepted in lieu of a required partner’s signature on the Partnership Agreement.

The original signature of all partners must appear on the agreement, preferably in blue ink.

Matching Funds

A minimum 25 percent match of the approved FCEP grant is required. The matching requirement may be met through the District's own resources, private sources, other governmental sources, and/or in-kind services. Other State funds may be used in this match with the exception of state grant funds from educational opportunity programs but may not duplicate services provided. All matching contributions must be used for activities related exclusively to the FCEP project, and institutional accounts must be structured to reflect this contribution by the appropriate line item.

Available Funding & Regional Distribution

The allocation for 2021-2022 is expected to be $6,000,000 with yearly funding subject to the continuation of the State appropriation. Funds will be divided into two categories: New York City and those from all other public school districts and BOCES in the Rest of State (ROS).

Please see the Funding Request Maximums section of this RFP for additional information.

Application Due Date and Mailing Address

Submit 1 original and 2 copies of the application and an electronic copy on a USB flash drive containing all application and M/WBE documents in Microsoft Office or PDF format. Application must be postmarked by February 1, 2021.

New York State Education Department
Attn: Kimberly Arrington-Hardaway
New York State Education Department
Office of Family and Community Engagement
89 Washington Avenue, EBA Room 960- B
Albany, New York 12234

Questions and Answers

All questions must be submitted via email to FACE@nysed.gov by January 4, 2021. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted on this page no later than January 18, 2021.

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

A Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. The Notice of Intent can be in the form of an email or letter stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to apply for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The due date is January 25, 2021. All notices must be emailed to FACE@nysed.gov.

NYSED Designated Contacts

Program: Kimberly Arrington-Hardaway
Fiscal: Adam Kutryb
M/WBE: Aimee Lang
FACE@nysed.gov

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
New York State Education Department’s Data Privacy Appendix for Grant Contracts Adobe PDF

Last Updated: December 8, 2020