The Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY) is an intermediary organization that works with youth, families, community organizations and leaders, youth-serving systems, and government agencies to champion the positive development of youth through community and systems change. MCCOY envisions a community where every young person has equitable opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive. 
MCCOY, with support from the United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI), is awarding small grants to school-community partnerships as part of our Closing the Gap Initiative. Closing the Gap is an initiative that aims to build stronger pathways to partnership for schools and community services. Based on substantial assessments and data collection from both schools and community organizations, we believe youth and families will have better outcomes when schools and communities work together to address the complex challenges impacting youth. 
Closing the Gap identifies four priority strategies informed by input throughout Marion County and existing research and secondary data to improving youth and family outcomes:
  • Adopting whole child approaches
  • Engaging families through strengths-based practices
  • Supporting the community-school model
  • Investing in public education
This grant opportunity is developed to increase the capacity of schools and community organizations to work together to implement the priority strategies listed above. Additionally, we will be providing grants to support the building of new partnerships.

Project Grant: Project Grants are clearly aligned to one or more of the priority strategies and implemented in partnership by a school and community organization. Projects must be completed by December 31 and show measurable outcomes of success.

Partnership Building Grant: Partnership Building Grants will provide funding support to capacity-building efforts for schools to build stronger partnerships with community organizations. This may include supporting staff time for community outreach, training and professional development to support partnership development, or other innovative strategies proposed by the applicant.

Grant applications are due through this online form no later than 11:59 pm on October 6, 2023. 

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* Did your organization or school participate in the 2023 Closing the Gap Symposium? 

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* What type of grant are you applying for? 

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