Durbin, Duckworth Applaud More Than $5.7 Million in Full-Service Community Schools Grants for Illinois Institutions

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today applauded the U.S. Department of Education for awarding $5,705,969 in Full-Service Community Schools grants to education institutions and community organizations in Illinois. The grant funding will allow schools to partner with community organizations and institutions of higher education to provide wrap-around services in academics, mental health programming, and nutrition to address students’ needs. Well-implemented community schools have proven to lead to better student and school outcomes, especially for low-income students attending inadequately-funded schools. 

“One of the greatest investments our nation can make is in our schools. When we offer better support for young students, in and out of the classroom, our children and our communities thrive,” said Durbin. “I’m encouraged to see the Department of Education invest in Illinois and our students.”

“This funding is about investing in and meeting the needs of Illinois’s future leaders: our students,” said Duckworth. “When we work to ensure kids in school have access to nutritious food, mental health resources and academic support, we are helping set them up for success. I’m proud that the Department of Education is prioritizing resources to help do just that.”

The following Illinois institutions have been awarded funding:

  1. Board of Education of the City of Chicago: $500,000 in Capacity Building and Development Grants
  2. Cook County School District 104: $1,413,134 in Multi-District Grants
  3. Frida Kahlo Community Organization: $2,792,835 in Multi-District Grants
  4. Lewis University: $500,000 in Capacity Building and Development Grants
  5. Puerto Rican Arts Alliance: $500,000 in Capacity Building and Development Grants