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 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.
Dawson ISD, PreK-6
Groesbeck ISD, K-5
La Vega ISD, 1-5
Mexia ISD, PreK-5
Moody ISD, PreK-6
Valley Mills ISD, PreK-5
Whitney ISD, 2-5
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
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
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.
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
Killeen ISD | Killeen ISD GEAR UP
Temple ISD | Temple 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
Contact: Nakeria Lynch | 254.723.4209 | email@example.com
Upward Bound Killeen Schools
Killeen High School
Pathways Academic Campus
Richard Milburn Academy
Contact: Delilah Fernandez | 254.297.1279 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://writefortexas.org.
Learn more about ESC Region 12's Write for Texas Grant >
Contact: Shirley Strong | 254.749.8079 | email@example.com
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