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Quick Facts

  • 2012 - Founding year of Evans Community School in Orlando
  • 2014 - Founding year of the Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation
  • 2014 - Founding year of Evans Wellness Cottage at Evans Community School in Orlando
  • $1.5 Million - 2016-17 Florida legislative budget allocation to fund community schools
  • 3 - Number of Community School Planning Grants awarded in 2014-15

Mailing Address

Center for Community Schools
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
Health and Public Affairs I
12805 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32826-2200

Phone: 407-823-2723
Fax: 407-823-0744

Grants Committee


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.  

We are proud of this collaboration that brings additional resources to benefit the health and wellness of our students most in need.
— Brian Binggeli, Superintendent,  Brevard Public Schools
Technical assistance from UCF will determine the noneducational barriers and resources needed for students to be more successful.
— Tim Putman, Executive Director,  Western Division of Children's Home Society of Florida
The community school movement continues to grow because folks are looking at their schools and realizing that the only way to get young people the opportunities they deserve is through partnership with the community.
— Martin Blank,  Director, Coalition for Community Schools and President of the Institute for Educational Leadership
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