Grants & Grant Services
Providing direct grant-based services to students across the region.
ESC Region 12 offers a number of Grants & Grant Services, including ACE, GEAR UP and Upward Bound. For more information about each grant, click the tab above.
*The statistics above include data from the 2021-22 school year.
Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Grant
The hands-on afterschool program ACE seeks to serve students and their families through a safe learning space. At ACE, students deepen their understanding of core school subjects and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), choose personal interests to explore, and develop skills for a successful future. ACE focuses on providing each individual student with what they need to learn, grow, and succeed.
Education Service Center Region 12 works in partnership with the Texas Education Agency Grant to provide the ACE program in 15 qualifying schools (50% or more economically disadvantaged students) in Central Texas. ACE is funded by the 21st CCLC program and administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
Meeting Student Needs, Making Parent Connections
ACE does more than help students build skills and improve school subject comprehension. The program also focuses on the student's family. Parents benefit from a safe program that allows them to focus on supporting their family. The various family engagement events offered at ACE all maintain the core goal and desire to welcome and include families in continued learning after school hours. Participating ACE families enjoy these opportunities to connect with each other and make lasting memories.
Dawson ISD, PreK-6 | Dawson ISD ACE Cycle 10
Groesbeck ISD, K-5 | Groesbeck ISD ACE Cycle 10
La Vega ISD, 1-5 | La Vega ISD ACE Cycle 10
Mexia ISD, PreK-5 | Mexia ISD ACE Cycle 10
Moody ISD, PreK-6 | Moody ISD ACE Cycle 10
Valley Mills ISD, PreK-5 | Valley Mills ISD ACE Cycle 10
Whitney ISD, 2-5 | Whitney ISD ACE Cycle 10
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
GEAR UP: College, Career, Success! Is a partnership grant between the Education Service Center Region 12, school districts and other vendors/colleges. The three main objectives of this grant are to:
Texas GEAR UP
College and Career Awareness
Financial Aid Awareness
Killeen ISD | Killeen ISD GEAR UP
Temple ISD | Temple ISD GEAR UP
Blooming Grove ISD | Blooming Grove ISD GEAR UP
Connally ISD | Connally ISD GEAR UP
Corsicana ISD | Corsicana ISD GEAR UP
Fairfield ISD | Fairfield ISD GEAR UP
Gatesville ISD | Gatesville ISD GEAR UP
Groesbeck ISD | Groesbeck ISD GEAR UP
Hillsboro ISD | Hillsboro ISD GEAR UP
Kerens ISD | Kerens ISD GEAR UP
La Vega ISD | La Vega ISD GEAR UP
Mart ISD | Mart ISD GEAR UP
McGregor ISD | McGregor ISD GEAR UP
Mexia ISD | Mexia ISD GEAR UP
Moody ISD | Moody ISD GEAR UP
Rapoport Academy | Rapoport Academy GEAR UP
Rice ISD | Rice ISD GEAR UP
Teague ISD | Teague ISD GEAR UP
Whitney ISD | Whitney ISD GEAR UP
Upward Bound Grant
Upward Bound is an innovative program aimed at closing the gap and increasing the academic achievement levels of underserved first generation college students. The program is designed to enable students to not only succeed in high school but also in post-secondary education and beyond.
This program assists students to increase college and career readiness through preparing academically, college planning, and financial aid planning.
Upward Bound Connally/LaVega
Jennifer Decker, Upward Bound Site Coordinator
c: 254-716-4604 f: 254-666-0823
Connally High School
La Vega High School
Connally/La Vega Upward Bound
Upward Bound Killeen
Delilah Fernandez, Upward Bound Site Coordinator
c: 254-230-5118 f: 254-666-0823
Killeen High School
Pathways High School
Richard Milburn Academy
Killeen Upward Bound
Upward Bound Waco
Stephanie Bailey, Upward Bound Site Coordinator
c: 254-218-5971 f: 254-666-0823
University High School
Waco High School
Upward Bound Student Handbook
Community Service Log
Waco Pre-Application Waco Application
Community Service Log
Medical Form Field Trip Form
>> Students must return the application to their designated site coordinator.
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Waco, TX 76712
Phone: (254) 297-1212
Main Fax: (254) 297-2960
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Friday - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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