Over 100 applications have been received by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s office for consideration under the Governor’s Grants Program to Support Education and Youth Empowerment.
The program dedicates a portion of the $ 33 million in CARES law funding received by the governor through the Education Stabilization Fund to support the recovery of learning losses over the next school year.
“These are still under review and we hope to make price announcements in the very near future,” said Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the governor’s director of communications.
The new school year is scheduled to begin on August 12, when GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez hopes the after-school program opportunities will be available to students.
The 100 entries come from community organizations interested in providing academic and extracurricular activities to students outside of the classroom. The claims total more than $ 80 million, Paco-San Agustin said.
“There is just over $ 33 million for the scholarships,” she said, meaning not all applicants will be funded under the program.
ESF program director Stephanie Flores said the applications are spread across the main areas identified in the program application and that a panel is reviewing the applications.
“In some cases, having interviews with candidates to clarify issues on which they may need more information,” said Flores. “There are a few projects that have been submitted that are not eligible for funding because although the proposals are valid, they simply do not meet the parameters of the grant.”
Proposals included academic and sports activities such as STEM, STEAM programs, sports and recreational activities, development and improvement of learning resources such as curriculum development, programs supporting the development of leadership, social and emotional resilience, and positive prosocial activities such as the arts and humanities, supplemental learning and student engagement activities, including special education programs and services.
However, the review process is not easy.
“The main difficulty is that there are so many great projects that we would like to fund, but there is simply not enough money available in the ESF allocation for the governor and hard choices have to be made. “said Flores.
According to Flores, the program is working with the GDOE and the Department of Public Health and Human Services to identify other sources of funding.
“A good majority of the projects are likely to be funded in one way or another by the GDOE or the DPHSS,” Flores said.
A few weeks before the start of the school year, Flores said: “We will work with all the winners to ensure the smooth implementation of the programs on time. “