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Local Solutions Year 12 Retention Fund. Grant Application Guidelines – Round Two September 2013 . Overview. Local Solutions Year 12 Retention Fund $ 5 million over four years (2012 - 2015)

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Local solutions year 12 retention fund

Local Solutions Year 12 Retention Fund

Grant Application Guidelines – Round Two

September 2013


Overview

Overview

Local Solutions Year 12 Retention Fund

  • $5 million over four years (2012 - 2015)

  • Two rounds of two yeargrants to government, Catholic and independent P-12 and secondary schools, including specialist schools, in rural and regional Victoria

  • Funding for localised programs and initiatives that improve school retention rates and expand on the range of pathway options for senior students

  • Round Two open from 4 September, close 5pm 24 October 2013

  • Implementation for 2 years - 2014 and 2015

  • Clusters or groups of schools encouraged to apply


Purpose of the grants program

Purpose of the Grants Program

  • Fund programs or initiatives that are:

    • locally-driven, and

    • demonstrate how they will improve rates of Year 12 retention in rural and regional areas

  • Enhance capacity for regional and rural schools to achieve:

    • improved educational options and opportunities for secondary students

    • improved student well-being

    • increased capacity to tailor programs to specific abilities or aspirations

    • increased opportunities to support students in the transition to further education, training and/or employment


  • Purpose of the grants program1

    Purpose of the Grants Program

    • Grants should complement other initiatives in regional Victoria including:

      • Towards Victoria as a Learning Community

      • Refocusing Vocational Training in Victoria

      • Skilling the Bay

      • Skilling the Valley

      • Regional Partnerships Facilitation Fund


    Local solutions year 12 retention fund

    Eligibility

    • Open to Victorian secondary and P-12 colleges and specialist schools located in non-metropolitan areas, including Catholic and Independent schools

    • Schools located in the former non-metropolitan regions

    • Applications from:

      • clusters or groups of schools within the same community, and

      • those that demonstrate collaborative approaches across sectors, including community sector

      • are strongly encouraged.

    • Cluster or partnership applications should nominate a lead school and be endorsed by the School Council President and principal of the lead school.


    Application process

    Application Process

    • Round Two Application Form template and Guidelines can be found on http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/partnerships/pages/yr12retentionfund.aspx

    • Applications to be submitted by email

    • Application submissions close 5pm on 24 OCTOBER 2013

    • Late applications will not be accepted

    • Enquiries should be directed to [email protected]


    Assessment of applications

    Assessment of Applications

    Selection Criteria:

    • Need

    • Program Design

    • Partnerships

    • Capacity

    • Sustainability

  • Address all relevant selection criteria and provide relevant supporting material where appropriate

  • Complete the budget section

  • Grants $50,000 - $150,000 over two years

  • Larger grants may be considered


  • Funded activities

    Funded Activities

    • New strategies or expansion of existing strategies that will reduce barriers to retention, such as:

      • supporting the capacity of the school to engage in partnerships to expand pathway options;

      • extending curriculum options;

      • the delivery of expanded learning options including vocational pathways;

      • the development of mentoring programs;

      • initiatives that build on parent engagement in their child’s education outcomes; and

      • vocational training programs that support better student outcomes, including for those at risk of early leaving.


    Non funded activities

    Non-Funded Activities

    • Capital/building works

    • Replication of activities funded by other programs

    • Staffing only when able to demonstrate capacity for sustainability

    • Core focus Year 10-12 retention and expanding pathway options

    • Year 7-9 may be considered if evidence provided on benefits to retention


    Conditions

    Conditions

    • Funding provided in a staged manner over 2 year duration

    • Lead school will receive the funds

    • 6 monthly reports

    • Recipient/s must participate in evaluation

    • Recipient schools must incorporate initiatives in annual school plans

    • Grant money must be expended by 31 December 2015

    • Any unused monies must be returned to the Department

    • The Department reserves the right to use all or part of any material


    Reporting schedule

    Reporting Schedule


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