Through the Alberta School Council Engagement Grant, each school council receives $500 to support individual school councils and strengthen engagement with parents. More
Funding of $500 to individual school councils is provided through the Funding Manual for School Authorities. Alberta Education provides the funding to School Divisions who provide each of their school councils with the $500.
This grant provides funding to school authorities (divisions) for each school in order to support school councilsfulfilling their legislated responsibilities in the education system and enhancing parent involvementand engagement.
Allocation $500/school council
Allocation Criteria 1.Only schools required by theEducation Actto have a school council will be eligible for thisgrant (i.e. public, separate, Francophone and charter schools). Note: A school council mustbe established for each school operated by the board as per theEducation Act, section 55(1). 2.Of the eligible schools, only those with an active school council will receive the grant.
Activities that grant funds can be used for include ASCA learning opportunities such as workshops, annual conference, and customized services for parents to increase capacity for school council members.
Workshops are delivered to school councils (regardless of ASCA Membership status) in a fee structure aligned with the Alberta School Council Engagement (ASCE) Grant. ASCA learning opportunities and workshops are designed to help school councils understand their legislated role, and enhance parent engagement in the school community.
Alberta Education (webpage link) provides school councils with guidelines regarding grant eligibility, access, uses, and reporting requirements.
Active school councils in public, separate, Francophone and charter schools are eligible for this grant.
By the end of October, school authorities/divisions will provide Alberta Education with the number of active school councils in their jurisdiction/division and any other relevant information requested. Grant funds will be allocated to school authorities through the usual funding processes.
School divisions are responsible for ensuring that the funds are disbursed to their schools and made available to the school councils. Funds must not be directed to registered fundraising societies. The decisions for the use of the funds must be made by the school council.
Examples of parent engagement activities and projects that funds can be used for include:
workshops for parents to increase capacity for school council members;
information sessions on how parents can support student learning at home and at school;
parent resources and workshops on important topics such as, mental health and well-being, cyber bullying, healthy living, etc.;
programs to support multi-cultural and Indigenous families including, English language learners and First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners;
parent resources and tools in multiple languages;
events to engage parents on important local issues;
parent engagement in promoting the value of arts;
trainer/facilitator costs for the professional development, workshops or sessions associated with the above.
Examples of non-allowable expenses include:
entertainment costs, meals, snacks, other food;
no capital asset purchases;
activities that have already taken place;
prizes or incentives to parents and/or students;
payment to school board staff including honoraria, gifts;
entertainment activities such as barbeques, volunteer teas, movie nights, dances, concerts or performances, etc.