State Programs - Southwest Organizing Project
CSFA Number: 586-13-0544
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Jacob Thornton
217-782-5270
jathornt@isbe.net
Short Description
To provide for the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Parent Mentoring Program, designed to recruit, train, and place parents (“Parent Mentors”) in classrooms in low-income schools; to assist teachers in class preparation, facilitation, and instruction; to improve the student-to-adult ratio in classrooms; and to strengthen school-community-parent partnerships.
Subject Area
Education
Program Function
Education
Enabling Legislation
PA 98-0677 section 55 (budget legislation, no enabling statute)
Objectives and Goals
To improve student outcomes by increasing individual student supports and strengthening school-community-parent partnerships.
Types of Assistance
Non-competitive
Uses and Restrictions
Grant terms limit use. Program parameters are based on the program, as described by grantee to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and legislature during budget hearings. The Parent Mentoring Program is designed to recruit, train, and place parents (“Parent Mentors”) in classrooms in low-income schools; to assist teachers in class preparation, facilitation, and instruction; to improve the student to adult ratio in classrooms; and to strengthen school-community-parent partnerships.
Eligibility Requirements
The Southwest Organizing Project is a special initiative grant.
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Special project grant application

a) Pre-application Coordination.
Upon approval of a state budget to fund the program, ISBE coordinates with grantee regarding ISBE approval of grant, application timelines, and improvements and expectations based on prior year performance and evaluation.

b) The Application Procedure.
ISBE updates the special initiatives paper grant form and provides it to grantee. Grant form includes information about the program, objectives, evaluation, budget, subgrantees, and terms. Successful submission of a substantially approvable grant enables grantee to receive a grant start date. Feedback and technical assistance are provided until grant application and budgets are approvable.

c) Award Procedure.
The grantee is notified of its grant approval and funding is loaded.

d) Criteria for Selecting Proposals.
NA As a special initiative, grant is approved or disapproved.

e) Appeals.
NA Grant has been approved each year.

f) Renewals.
A new grant is processed each year that a new allocation is made for this project.
Assistance Consideration
No Maintenance of Effort or match.
Post Assistance Requirements
Grantee provides two interim reports and a final annual report, external evaluation, independent audit, and financial reports.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
NA
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $1,466,300
FY 2018 : $1,466,300
FY 2019 : $2,000,000
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
65108118551-3999(PM)Southwest Organizing Project07/31/201906/30/20203,500,000