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Applications due May 25 for parent engagement projectsMarch 9, 2017 Category: NewsBack to News Page

Applications are now open for Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants for the 2017-18 school year, and will be accepted until May 25. Grants are available to school councils, Parent Involvement Committees, and not-for-profit organizations working with parents. PRO Grants are provided to develop projects, events or training in support of parent engagement.

This school year, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) received over $71,000 for 51 school councils grants and three regional/provincial grants.

SCDSB schools and groups are encouraged to apply for one or both of the following grants:

PRO Grants for school councils
The PRO Grants for school councils are aimed to support school-based initiatives to reach parents who face barriers to becoming involved in their children’s learning at home and at school. School councils may develop proposals individually, with other school councils in the same board or with other groups in the school or community.

PRO Grants for Regional/ Provincial Projects
Regional/provincial grants are available to parent organizations, publicly funded district school boards, non-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions working in partnership with parents. These projects, designed to enhance parent engagement on a regional or province-wide basis, must fall under at least one of the following categories: Parents as Partners; Welcoming District School Board and School Environment for All Parents; Skill-Building Opportunities for Parents; or Enhancing Communication between School and Parents.

This year, special consideration will be given to eligible school council and regional/provincial projects that:

  • promote increased access and awareness of math strategies and resources for parents to support their children’s learning at home at school
  • support the engagement of parents from Indigenous or racialized communities
  • encourage parent engagement in promoting the value of arts

More information is available at the Ontario Ministry of Education’s website

Douglas Paul, Superintendent of Education, Area 2
705-734-6363 x11208