The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced planning grants totaling $9.14 million to public school corporations and charter schools through the initial phase of its Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students.
Nearly three hundred grants ranging from $8,302 to $50,000 were awarded as part of the five-year initiative, which is designed to strengthen how public school corporations and charter schools help students at all levels prepare for academic, career, and personal success. Recipients will spend the next three months collecting and analyzing data, assessing their current counseling programs, identifying best practices, visiting promising programs, and engaging with community partners and consultants.
After the planning and study phase, recipients will be invited to submit implementation grant proposals aimed at developing comprehensive counseling models that address the academic, college, career, and social, and emotional needs of K-12 students in their districts. Applicants will be allowed to request up to $100 per student enrolled, with final grants ranging from $100,000 to $3 million.
"The endowment is very encouraged by the response to the request for planning grants," said Sara B. Cobb, the endowment’s vice president for education. "The number of proposals received exceeded our estimates, which indicates that schools across Indiana want their counseling programs to be as effective as possible. They recognize the importance of counseling to students’ future success and quality of life."
For a list of planning grant recipients, see the Lilly Endowment website.