Below are upcoming opportunities to explore.


Full-Service Community Schools federal grant applications open  Review the entire notice including eligibility, absolute and competitive priorities, and how to apply. 14-17 grants will be awarded for a five-year grant at an estimated average of $450,000/year.

  • Pre-Application Webinar (Recommended): June 20, 2018. Register Now
  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply (Recommended): June 28, 2018.
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 13, 2018.

Engaging Families In Your Childhood Collaboration  Illinois Action for Children invites you to participate in a dynamic workshop where you can learn the latest proven strategies and tactics for actively involving families in your Collaboration.  Join Elaine Robbins Harris, owner of Innovation Solutions Consulting, for a highly impactful learning experience where you will draw from your own insights, personal experiences, and curiosity while hearing expert perspectives and techniques for truly involving and engaging families in your Early Childhood Community Collaboration.

There is no cost to attend and there are two sessions to choose from:

  • June 5 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Chicago Heights, IL
  • June 26 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Arlington Heights, IL


2018 College Changes Everything® Conference  Register Now!  July 19, 2018 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. The conference keynote speaker will be Mandy Savitz-Romer, senior lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Savitz-Romer is also the director of HGSE’s master’s program in Prevention Science and Practice and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling programs, which train future school counselors, school social workers, and youth development staff.  Her work examines how school and non-profit organizations structure postsecondary supports that address developmental skills and readiness. She writes and speaks extensively on college and career readiness and school-based counseling, specifically as it relates to students of color and first-generation college students. She is the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success and Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First-Generation College Students.


2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium  October 11–13, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.  In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association (NREA) will host the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium.  This annual event is designed to create an environment for collaboration and innovation with a diverse community—national experts, K–12 and higher education practitioners, leading researchers, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders—to learn and share ideas around the topics at the forefront of rural education and to ensure 21st century learning is a reality for all rural students.