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Youth Success Student Engagement Mini-Grant

Grants to Illinois and Indiana Educators and Organizations for Programs to
Engage Students and Mitigate Learning Loss Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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United Way of the Wabash Valley (UWWV)

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois and Indiana educators, community service, faith-based, and youth-serving organizations for programs to engage students and mitigate learning loss due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible applicants are those that are located in the following counties: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana and Clark in Illinois.

Through this grant opportunity, the Youth Success Impact Council is encouraging a focus on student engagement in real, virtual, or in-home classrooms across the Wabash Valley.

This grant opportunity may be used for individual or group tutoring projects to ensure students are ready for their next grade level come Fall 2021. 

The UWWV YS is seeking proposals from community organizations, service groups, teachers, counselors, and other school-related groups to conduct projects or programs involving students and their families that will enhance student engagement in their current education forum (real, virtual or in-home) and should logically improve long-term student attendance rates. An expansion of this offering is to summer programs, especially those involving individual or group tutoring projects to help students catch up from lost learning during the unpredictable school year. (Summer tutoring programs will not be required to show family involvement.)

Projects may focus on any age group or grade level, they may take place at a school (with principal’s approval) or off-campus, and they may serve any number of students. Projects must include students who have a demonstrated record of high absenteeism or have become disengaged from their studies. This may also include students who are at risk of this behavior. 

The long-term objective for UWWV YS is to increase youth success with strong school partnerships, assisting schools to reduce chronic absenteeism and strengthen key supports for student success. Through the Student Engagement Program, UWWV YS expects to advance the following outcomes:

  • Projects will improve student engagement, interest and enthusiasm for their studies leading to long-term improvement in school attendance.
  • Family involvement will improve the strength of the involved students’ support network.
  • Improved attendance will lead to increased academic, social and emotional growth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192600

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for $1,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding must be expended by May 31, 2022 from the time funding is approved.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following groups within the UWWV service area (Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois) are invited to submit proposals:
• Teachers, counselors, administrators and other volunteer groups connected to a public, non-public school, or charter school.
• Community service and/or civic organizations.
• Faith-based organizations, committees/groups and/or ministries.
• Youth-serving organizations.

This grant program will NOT fund:
• Technology supplies that do not include an accompanying learning activity project.
• Student/family rewards for attendance and/or participation that do not have accompanying project learning activities.
• Single day/evening event-type projects. Projects must engage with target students over an extended period.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: 4:00 PM, Friday, February 26, 2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions regarding this grant contact:
Mark Johnson

United Way of the Wabash Valley
100 S 7th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Clark County;   Indiana: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties

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