Family and Community Engagement Program (FCEP)
A New York State My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
Chapter 53 of the laws of 2016. With the adoption of the 2016-2017 New York State budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s My Brother’s Keeper challenge.
This announcement is intended to assist public school districts in applying for Family and Community Engagement Program (FCEP) grants for 2016-2020. The purpose of the FCEP is to increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness of boys and young men of color. Many schools and districts struggle with the challenge of how to develop and sustain effective relationships with families toward the goal of student success. Teacher, Principals and School District leaders identify family engagement as one of the most challenging aspects of their work with students. When narrowing the scope of this ongoing concern to the issues of boys and young men of color, it is not only an issue of engaging and connecting to the family, but to the extended family and community as a whole.
The allocation for 2016-2017 is expected to be $6,000,000. The project period will be from September 1 - August 31, subject to the continuation of the State appropriation. Maximum individual annual grant award: $150,000.
Program Start Date & Coverage of Expenditures
The beginning date for grant activities is September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017. Only expenses incurred during this period will be eligible for coverage with these state funds.
A minimum 15 percent (%) match of approved grant contract is required. The matching requirements may be met through the institution’s own resources, private sources, other non-state government sources, and/or in-kind services.
New York State public school districts which meet the following criteria may submit applications:
- School districts must have a Free & Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) eligibility rate greater than 55% of district enrollment, an English Language Learner (ELL) enrollment rate greater than 1%, and a four year August graduation rate of less than 90%.
- School district must have a FRPL eligibility rate greater than 60% of district enrollment and a four year August graduation rate of less than 85%.
- School districts must have an ELL enrollment rate greater than 3% and a four year August graduation rate of less than 90%.
ELL and FERPL % - 2015 school year data
Graduation rates - 2014-15 graduation rates based upon the 2011 total cohort – 4 Year Outcome - August 2015 data
Full proposals must be postmarked by 8/26/16
Q & A
Questions and Answers – Posted 8/12/16
Questions regarding this grant must be e-mailed to FCEPRFP@nysed.gov by 7/29/16
SED reserves the right to modify or amend the RFP upon completion of the webinars and the question and answer period. Please monitor the website links for any notice of modification or amendment to the RFP
Recording of Informational Webinar – Posted 7/21/16
For Information and Submission, Contact
New York State Education Department
Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services
89 Washington Avenue, EB Room 505W
Albany, New York 12234
State Education Department Contacts:
Dr. Richard A. Rose