Governor’s Office Awards $1.425 Million in Education Stabilization Fund Grants

Virgin Islands Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) announced that in partnership with the USVI Governor’s Office, it has awarded $1.425 million in Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) grants to educational agencies, higher education institutions and other education-related entities. in the St. Thomas/St. John district. The funding is allocated to provide emergency assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor’s Office has asked CFVI to help identify eligible subrecipients for federal Education Stabilization Fund funds under the U.S. Bailout Act of 2021 (ARP). were selected through a competitive process and received funding to provide emergency education services to students, provide childcare and early childhood education, provide social and emotional support, and protect education-related jobs.

Funding will support efforts to provide students with safer in-person learning opportunities; to meet the social, emotional, mental health and academic needs of students; addressing education inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic; to deal with the academic impact of lost teaching time; and to support technology infrastructure and professional training to improve capacity and provide comprehensive distance learning.

All applications were reviewed by a review committee comprised of community members with experience and expertise in education and grantmaking.

Beneficiaries of ESF grants

Beautiful Dreamers: $100,000

Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park: $81,259

Gift Hill School: $100,000

Grace Ministries: $50,000

Humane Society of St. Thomas: $3,398

Maritime Vocational Training Program Inc. : $65,000

Partners for Strings Inc.: $100,000

USVI Salvation Army: $78,096

St. John’s Christian Academy (Cruz Bay Baptist Church): $66,000

St. Thomas Reformed Church: $71,444

The University of the Virgin Islands (three scholarships): $300,000

Virgin Islands Children’s Museum: $159,005

Montessori School and International Academy of the Virgin Islands: $100,000

Virgin Islands Village Academy Inc.: $100,000

Youth Arise Inc.: $50,798

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