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
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
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
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