A Proven Strategy for Increasing Private-Sector Investment
and Driving Innovation in Florida’s Classrooms
Since 2001, the State of Florida has appropriated nearly $52 million to the Consortium for the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program – leveraging public funds to provide a $1 for $1 match to encourage private-sector investment and involvement for locally driven initiatives to advance student achievement.
Local education foundations work year-round to raise their cash match through corporate and foundation grants, fundraising events and individual contributions. A testimony to how valued the work of educations: Teachers and other school employees contribute more than $800,000 annually to their local education foundation through voluntary payroll deduction!
In 2019-20, $5 million in matching funds supported 128 projects in 64 school districts with the Consortium accountable to the Florida Department of Education for all deliverables including reporting of measurable outcomes for each funded initiative.
These locally developed projects focus on one of more of these priority areas:
- Literacy Initiatives
- Low Performing Students
- Increasing Graduation Rates
- Teaching Quality
- Career and Technical Education
- STEM Education