Last week Cambridge Agenda for Children Out-of-School-Time hosted a meeting between OST leaders and Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Salim, where providers learned more about the school district's exploration of changes to the school day, and the strategies they are employing to integrate feedback from the OST community into the developing plan. During the session, participants had the opportunity to respond to a few ideas that have emerged at this point in the process. The Cambridge Agenda for Children is hosting a second session for OST providers who work with K-5 youth and families on November 9, 12pm-2pm, as part of their symposium. Learn more about this work and register for the session here.
At the November 5 City Council meeting, the City Manager will request an appropriation of $5,000,000 for Community Benefits grants. Once this appropriation is made, the planning grant RFP can be released.
The Community Benefits grant process will occur in two phases: a 6-month Planning Phase; and a 3-year Implementation Phase. The Community Benefits Advisory Committee (CBAC) will select and recommend to the City Manager up to five partnerships to receive a 6-month planning grant. These grants will provide partnerships with up to $30,000 to formulate and refine their approach, culminating in the development of a Plan for Implementation. At the completion of the planning period, CBAC will review Plans for Implementation and recommend to the City Manager, up to five partnerships for funding. Grants will be up to $750,000 per partnership, distributed over a 3-year period. Learn more here.