SchoolSmartKC recognizes the unprecedented impact that the COVID-19 virus has had on our schools, communities, and other affiliated organizations. We have seen this impact in Kansas City, and have engaged actively with partners, colleagues, and key stakeholders to identify areas of need and pathways for assistance. To stand in support of our schools and bolster them at this critical time, we have created a $2 million relief fund for schools and educational and community support organizations within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public School District.
SchoolSmartKC intends to release funding as quickly as possible, using the prism of equity and need and ensuring optimal use of these resources. Applications for relief funding will be submitted via this webpage beginning Monday, April 6th, 2020, at 4:00 PM CST.
To best serve the most pressing needs of our educational system, SchoolSmartKC will be funding projects that align with four key priorities:
Support to Schools and Others as They Assist Vulnerable Students and Their Families
Supports that assist schools as they address the needs of vulnerable students and families, with a focus on equity, especially while schools are closed and jobs are impacted.
Support for Teachers and Instruction
Supports to school teachers and staff to support instruction and virtual learning as well as other needs to ensure they are prepared to teach in this new environment.
Support for New Operational, Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Support to assist schools navigate this new terrain, including planning new calendars, transitional supports for students, improving information exchange, and abiding by new laws and regulations to be followed at the local, state, and federal level.
Support to Address Emerging Needs
Funds to address challenges that emerge over the coming year that may not be apparent in the initial weeks/months of the COVID-19 conditions.
Due to the volume of applications already received, the COVID-19 Education Relief Fund is not accepting new applications at this time. The next phase of the process for applying for funds will be announced in the coming weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible for consideration, organizations must be supporting public education and education related causes within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public School District. Organizations can include those that provide direct service to PK-12 public school children, their families, educators or learning initiatives. SchoolSmartKC will be funding projects that align with four key priorities:
1. Support to Schools and Others as They Assist Vulnerable Students and Their Families
2. Support for Teachers and Instruction
3. Support for New Operational, Legal and Regulatory Requirements
4. Support to Address Emerging Needs
SSKC is not able to provide direct support to individuals.
Funding decisions will be made as early as April 15th.
The application process will remain open until all funding has been committed. However, we encourage applicants to submit their application as soon as possible, as SSKC will begin distributing funding as early as April 15th.
SSKC will be considering proposals submitted for all amounts, however, we will be considering the best combination of projects to provide the maximum relief impact within the community. We suggest that financial requests align with the number of individuals served and the service provided to them through your project.
Yes. Please ensure that you provide specific information about other supporters of the project, the amounts committed, and the need for funding through this application.
Yes, organizations can submit applications for more than one project, if they have multiple projects that align with the eligibility criteria of the fund. However, it will be unlikely that any organization will have more than one project supported.
Both approvals of grants and notifications that we cannot fund proposals will be sent by SSKC staff through email to the contact address provided in the grant application.
If your application is denied, we would ask that you not reapply with the same proposal. However, you can apply for funding for another project that you may have.
For those that have been approved for funding, you will be provided a short form grant agreement and we will ask you for ACH wiring information and a W-9 that will be required for our distribution of funds. Initial payments under grant agreements should be made within 24-48 hours of receipt of a signed grant agreement.
Yes. However, all Charter LEAs are now being engaged directly by SSKC with a short form application to request support for device and connectivity needs, and we would request they avoid submitting a separate application for these needs.
The intention of this fund is to provide funding for immediate needs within the community, with funding being provided quickly. Assistance for large scale projects, including building construction or renovation, would not fall under the scope of the fund.
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3105 Gillham Rd., Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64109