?The School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program, adopted by the Florida Legislature in 2000, is a cornerstone of the success of Florida’s local education foundations. It is an integral component of our strategy to increase private-sector interest, involvement and investment in advancing student achievement in our schools. Current legislation specifically states that the funds “are provided as challenge grants to public school district education foundations for programs that serve low-performing students, technical career education, literacy initiatives, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education initiatives, increased teacher quality and/or increased graduation rates. The amount of each grant shall be equal to the private contribution made to a qualifying public school district education foundation.”
To date, the State of Florida has appropriated more than $29 million, which has been leveraged to bring in more than $53 million in private sector contributions for eligible projects. In the past ten years, the Education Foundation has received $1,147,250 from the state matching grants program which resulted in a total of $2,294,500 received to support these programs.
To review the outcomes report from 2015-16 School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program projects by district, click HERE