Diversity and Engagement
The College Readiness Block Grant is an exciting new opportunity for county offices of education, schools and school districts, and charter schools. The purpose of this unprecedented $200 million grant is to substantially support schools and districts in their efforts to provide more of California’s high school pupils* with more and better educational resources. The grant’s ultimate purpose is to help these students enroll at institutions of higher education and complete an undergraduate degree within four years.
Administrators can use the grant monies to enhance existing partnerships or create new ones. The University of California has many resources and tools to help schools achieve the goals of the College Readiness Block Grant, including professional development to improve “a-g” access and completion, college advising and college preparation “a-g” academic plans, college readiness and preparation programs for students, school/university partnership opportunities, and more. For a list of these relevant UC resources, services and partnerships, click the link below.
*Unduplicated pupils who (1) are English learners, (2) meet income or categorical eligibility requirements for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, or (3) are foster youth. “Unduplicated count” means that each pupil is counted only once, even if the pupil meets more than one of these criteria.
More information about the block grant, and how schools can participate in this unique opportunity, can be found at the California Department of Education website.
The California Department of Education has provided an overview of the CRBG and how to apply for the funds, including a link to the CRBG website.
The University of California has provided a list of resources to support schools' implementation of the College Readiness Block Grant. The list encompasses UC's range of services for California public education.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson announces the release of $100 million in College Readiness Grants.