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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.

Statistics about Region 12 Grant Programs

*The statistics above include data from the 2014-15 school year.

Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Grant

The Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Grant works to establish community learning centers at schools with at least 50 percent economically disadvantaged student populations. The program assists student participants in meeting academic standards in core subject areas (reading, math, science, and social studies) by providing after school time services to students and their families at the school sites. 

In addition to academic support, students and their families participate in a variety of enrichment activities that complement the regular school day program. Activities include martial arts, culinary arts, art, quilting, robotics, parenting/family nights and more. The plans focus on attendance, behavior, promotion to the next grade level and graduation rates. They also include college and career readiness initiatives. 

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Participating ACE Grant Schools, Cycle 9 Grant

Blum ISD, Pre-K-12 

Chilton ISD, PreK-12

Cranfills Gap ISD, PreK-12  |   Cranfills Gap ISD ACE

Hamilton ISD, PreK-5 & 6-12  |   Ann Whitney Elementary ACE

Itasca ISD, PreK-12  |   Itasca ISD ACE

Kerens ISD, PreK-12  |   Kerens ISD ACE

Rosebud-Lott ISD, PreK-5 & K-5  |   Rosebud-Lott ACE 

Wortham ISD, PreK-12

Participating ACE Grant Schools, Cycle 8 Grant

Covington ISD, PreK-12 |   Covington ISD ACE

Dawson ISD, K-12  |   Dawson ISD ACE

Groesbeck ISD, K-12  |   Groesbeck ISD District Page

Holland ISD, K-12  |   Holland ISD ACE

Mexia ISD, K-5 

Moody ISD, K-12  |   Moody ISD ACE

Valley Mills ISD, PreK-8  |   Valley Mills ISD ACE

Temple ISD

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

GEAR UP is designed to help more young Americans stay in school, develop good study skills and take the right courses to go to college. A partnership funded by the U. S. Department of Education, the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) college link is administered in Central Texas by ESC Region 12 to give qualifying students the skills, encouragement and preparation to pursue a college education. Focusing on early intervention beginning in middle school, the program serves students as they progress through middle school and high school. Twenty-two districts in Region 12 are participating in the grant activities. 

Participating GEAR UP Districts
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Blum ISD  |   Blum ISD GEAR UP

Bynum ISD  |   Bynum ISD GEAR UP  

Clifton ISD  |   Clifton ISD District Page

Connally ISD  |   Connally ISD GEAR UP

Corsicana ISD  |   Corsicana ISD GEAR UP

Covington ISD  |   Covington ISD GEAR UP

Groesbeck ISD  |   Groesbeck ISD GEAR UP 

Hillsboro ISD  |   Hillsboro ISD GEAR UP

Hubbard ISD  |   Hubbard ISD GEAR UP

Kerens ISD  |   Kerens ISD GEAR UP

Killeen - Ellison HS  |   Ellison HS GEAR UP

Killeen HS  |   Killeen HS GEAR UP

Killeen - Shoemaker HS  |   Shoemaker HS GEAR UP

Kopperl ISD  |   Kopperl ISD GEAR UP

Lampasas HS  |   Lampasas HS GEAR UP

Lometa ISD  |   Lometa ISD District Page

Mexia ISD  |   Mexia ISD GEAR UP

Moody ISD  |   Moody ISD GEAR UP

Oglesby ISD  |   Oglesby ISD GEAR UP

Rosebud-Lott ISD  |   Rosebud-Lott ISD GEAR UP

Temple HS  |   Temple HS GEAR UP

Walnut Springs ISD  |   Walnut Springs 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 Waco Schools

Waco High School

University High School

Rapaport Academy

Contact: Nakeria Lynch | 254.723.4209 |

Upward Bound Killeen Schools

Killeen High School

Pathways Academic Campus

Richard Milburn Academy

Contact: Delilah Fernandez | 254.297.1279 |


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Write for Texas

Write for Texas is designed to help all teachers provide opportunities for students to read, write, and discuss a wide variety of genres throughout the school year. The grant is administered through The University of Texas at Austin,The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and the Texas Education Agency.


The Write for Texas collection of online resources is available to all secondary English language arts and reading and content area teachers to support effective writing instruction. The resources include critical background knowledge, activities, and videos that relate to the guiding principles of effective writing instruction. Participants learn and apply teaching techniques to support all students in writing.


To access the resources and materials, visit


Learn more about ESC Region 12's Write for Texas Grant  >


Contact: Shirley Strong | 254.749.8079 |

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