The California State Library is accepting applications for a partner agency to work in collaboration with the State Library to provide a two-year online tutoring service program for all elementary and secondary school pupils through public libraries. The purpose of the project is to provide academic support for California students through their local public libraries, at no cost to the students or their families.
To apply, please complete the online application at https://webportalapp.com/sp/statepartner.
The tutoring service should be available at public libraries by the start of the 2022/23 school year.
The partner must be a cooperative library system or a non-profit library-related statewide organization and must agree to be the applicant of record for the grant, disburse the funds, and be responsible for all requirements of the grant such as contracts, fiscal records, reports, and some operational functions. The partner will be eligible for an indirect cost rate not to exceed 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC). MTDC means all direct salaries and wages, applicable fringe benefits, materials and supplies, services, travel, and subcontracts up to the first $25,000 of each subcontract.
Details on the Online Tutoring Program
This state-funded program will support libraries in providing K-12 students with real-time online tutoring in multiple languages, accessed onsite at the local library or remotely with a library card, personal device, and internet connection. The California State Legislature has approved $6,400,000 in one-time special funding for this project.
The main objective of the project is to provide statewide access for elementary and secondary school pupils to real-time online tutoring through their local public libraries, at no cost to the students or their families. Further objectives include:
Increasing use of public libraries (both in-person and online) by students, parents, teachers, and caregivers. Enabling public libraries to establish or improve relationships with local school districts based on the shared goal of supporting students, parents, educators, and caregivers.
The State Library and the partner will work collaboratively to support libraries’ participation in the online tutoring project and to create a process for assessing program effectiveness and impact, based on a shared statewide system of quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis.
The partner will agree to be the Applicant/Fiscal Agent of record for the grant, disburse the funds, and be responsible for all requirements of the grant such as contracts, fiscal records, and reports.
The successful applicant will be required to submit a progress report at least twice per fiscal year, as requested by the California State Library. A final report will also be due upon project completion. The reports must describe the project status, including a financial summary.
Ongoing contact with assigned State Library staff, including a grant monitor, is required. The funded project may also be subject to at least one formal site visit during the period of performance. Ongoing project and program evaluation will be developed in conjunction with the California State Library.
The selected applicant will work in close partnership with the State Library to create and implement a complete project plan and scope of work. Please email to request the full objectives and responsibilities.
- Public Agency
The applicant must be a cooperative library system or a non-profit library-related statewide organization.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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