CDE Unveils Grants to Fight Social Isolation During Pandemic

The California Department of Education (CDE) has announced grants of up to $250,000 each for community organizations that partner with schools and districts to offset students’ social isolation.

“During this extremely difficult time, many young people have found themselves disconnected from others. There have been major spikes in levels of depression among California school students during the pandemic,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Even as schools opened for in-person instruction in the 2021–22 school year, many students may still be experiencing some form of social isolation—especially because many students have been off campus for nearly two years. It’s critical that our schools and districts have the means to work with community-based organizations that demonstrate deep experience and a history of working to help counter social isolation in youth.” 

The grants could be used for various programs and mitigation measures including student or staff training; youth development; counseling and case management; peer mediation or youth leadership programs; and events. The grants are made possible by a $2 million appropriation in the 2021–22 California State Budget.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022. Eligibility criteria can be found here