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Ninth Grade Success Grant
Colorado’s Ninth Grade Success Grant Program, created in SB19-246, was signed into law in May 2019. This new grant program provides funding to local education providers and charter schools to assist students enrolled in ninth grade to develop the skills they need to successfully persist in graduating from high school.
The State Board of Education approved Rules for the Administration of the Ninth Grade Success Grant Program at the August 14, 2019 board meeting. Approval of rules paves the way to release the competitive grant application – OPEN 9/11/19. The components of the grant application are outlined in the rules.
The Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement (DPSR) at the Colorado Department is responsible for managing the Ninth Grade Success Grant Program.
- Approximately $725,000 in grant funding is available for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
- The grant term is four years.
- Matching Funds: Local education providers or charter schools that receive a grant must, as a condition of accepting the grant, provide a grant match. Grant matches may include in-kind contributions, (i.e., donations of goods or services, rather than funding). Grant matches cannot include funding from other state or federal grants. Grant matches must be obtained for the following amounts:
- For a local education provider that is a small rural school district or for a charter school, fifteen percent (15%) of the grant amount; and
- For all other local education providers, twenty-five percent (25%) of the grant amount.
Charter Schools (authorized by a school district or the state Charter School Institute) and Local Education Providers (LEPs) that serve students enrolled in grades nine through twelve are eligible to apply for this opportunity. An eligible LEP is:
- A School District;
- A Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES);
- The Charter School Institute (CSI) - A charter school’s authorizer will be the fiscal agent, if funded.
- An alternative education campus designated pursuant to section 22-7-604.5, C.R.S., may not apply for or receive money or services through the Ninth Grade Success Grant Program.
Funding priority will be given to applicants that are have consistently ranked within the lowest twenty-five percent among Colorado public schools on the four-year graduation rates over the preceding three school years (2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18). Details will be outlined in the grant application. A spreadsheet of 4-year graduation and 3-year Best of Graduation rates is now available.
- Rules for the Administration of the Ninth Grade Success Grant Program
- Colorado Dropout Prevention Framework for Ninth Grade Success Program