Division Highlights

Awards Received

CGD Secures Funds for School Safety Forum 2019

CGD secured $4,050 in sponsorships to support Center for Safe and Secure Schools School Safety Forum. 
Commissioner Sponsorship Level: ASAP Security Services provide the latest in security and surveillance for their clients spanning across the great state of Texas. Their team of seasoned systems integrators is committed to delivering only the highest quality solutions, from home and commercial automation to video surveillance, monitoring services, fire alarms, gunshot detection, and more. Whether you’re in Houston, Dallas, Helotes or surrounding cities, their security and surveillance company will meet your needs so that you always feel protected. https://www.serviceasap.com/
Commissioner Sponsorship Level: CrisisGo Inc. is a safety platform that allows management of crisis situations and increase community engagement through emergency alerts. CrisisGo Inc. creates safe environments in education, places of worship, the oil and gas industry and manufacturing. CrisisGo Inc. builds emergency communication tools that improve speed in safety, prevention and response. https://www.crisisgo.com/
Commissioner Sponsorship Level: LENSEC is a manufacturer of video surveillance software for physical security. Since 1998, LENSEC has been helping security integration partners grow their businesses around the world. As a pioneer, LENSEC is still breaking ground in the industry with innovative ideas and products. https://lensec.com/
Commissioner Sponsorship Level: Premier Wireless Business Technology Solutions offers innovation, safety & transformation through technology.  Premier Wireless Business Technology Solutions provides the hardware, defense-grade security, business solutions, and the support team.  Education, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality and Restaurants are industries Premier Wireless Business Technology Solutions specializes in serving. https://www.pwbts.net/    
Superintendent Sponsorship Level: Facilities Services provides quality construction services for commercial, educational and institutional markets.  Dura Pier Facilities has served LaMarque and Spring Branch ISD’s with building and emergency renovations.  Dura Pier Facilities Services include repair and renovation in electrical, mechanical, HVAC and many other additional services.
Principal Sponsorship Level: ABM Texas General Services, Inc. serves internationally to industries in Aviation, Banking, Life Sciences, Commercial Office Buildings and Real Estate, Education, Food and Beverage, Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Nuclear Power, Parking, Retail, Sports, Technology and more.  ABM Texas General Services, Inc. is an organization that offers services in electrical, facilities engineering, Janitorial, and Specialty Services. https://www.abm.com/services/
Exhibitor: Digital Air Controlling, Inc. specializes in Building Automation, Security Access Control and Video, Testing, Adjusting and Balancing and Life Cycle Services. DAC, Inc. began in a neighborhood garage in downtown Houston with three employees in 1993.  Today DAC, Inc. provides services to Chevron, Memorial Herman Healthcare System, FEMA, Marathon Oil and other organizations. http://www.dac-inc.com/services  

Thank you to our sponsors for the School Safety Forum 2019 on October 15, 2019.                                     


 CGD Celebrates $11,000 Grant for the Head Start REAL SuperMENtors Read Program

 CGD Manager Joyce Akins and the rest of the CGD staff are pleased to announce that the TEGNA Foundation awarded $11,000 for Head Start’s REAL SuperMENtors Read Program. The program, which focuses on inspiring a love of reading and developing literacy skills in children at a young age, recruits male volunteers to read aloud to Early Head Start/Head Start students once a month. Grant funds were awarded in collaboration with the Education Foundation of Harris County and will help purchase over 300 Scholastic Inc. book sets. Congratulations to all!

CGD Reviews a Successful 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

During the previous year, CGD made 90 requests on behalf of HCDE divisions to support various programs and services. The requests included a combination of grant proposals, bids, sponsorships/donation letters and venue requests for Adult Education, CASE for Kids, Center for Safe and Secure Schools, Head Start, Research and Evaluation Institute, Schools, and the Teaching and Learning Center. To date, CGD has helped divisions acquire over $20 million in awards with some requests still pending. Thanks to everyone for working together to help all learners succeed. 

HCDE’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools Gets Award from US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Center for Grants Development is pleased to announce that the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice has awarded Center for Safe and Secure Schools a $480,233 grant award to implement the STOP (Student, Teacher and Officers Prevention) School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training program. CSSS STOP program will train up to 50 school staff and personnel (two representatives from each of the 25 districts in Houston/Harris County) in each session, twice a year. Initially, CSSS will provide training for 13 Title I middle schools with its student training sessions, reaching over 9,500 students (grades 6th – 8th) and will add 17 more schools the following year, totaling 30 schools over the 3-year grant period. Thanks to Dr. Vida L. Avery, CGD Resource Development Specialist, for her work on this proposal.

CGD Secures Funds for Early Childhood Winter Conference

CGD secured a $400 sponsorship to support the Teaching and Learning Center’s 33rd Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference from Jessie Rodrigues, Regional Director of Strategic Accounts, at Achieve3000®. Achieve3000® is the leading literacy platform in today’s blended learning programs, with cloud-based solutions that serve nearly three million students worldwide. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s patented and proven differentiated instruction for grades PreK-12 and adult education reaches all students at their individual reading levels to accelerate learning, improve high stakes test performance, and drive college and career success. CGD is also pleased to announce the sponsorship proposal she submitted to H-E-B was approved. Teaching and Learning Center will receive gift cards in the amount of $500 to support its 33rd Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference.

Thanks to Dr. Vida L. Avery, Resource Development Specialist, Center for Grants Development, for securing these sponsorships. 

Whataburger Supports HCDE Head Start REAL SuperMENtors Program

Whataburger delivered its Whataburger for a Year gift basket valued at $315, along with 1,000 coupons this week to support Area I Head Start’s REAL SuperMENtors Read Program. The company also sent 1,000 pencil packs last week. Thanks to Sharvon D. Pipkins Kamaya, CGD Development Coordinator, for writing and submitting the donation request via the Education Foundation of Harris County. Total value of the donations is $5,905.

HCDE Gets an Award from Texas Workforce Commission for the Distance Learning and Capacity Building grant

Center for Grants Development is pleased to announce that Adult Education has been selected to move forward to the contract development phase as a result of their proposal to the Texas Workforce Commission for the Distance Learning and Capacity Building grant. The proposal requested $174,798 to expand the use of a hybrid model (online and face-to-face classes) for ESL, Adult Basic Education and Adult Secondary Education. The project will train up to 70 teachers to become distance learning teachers and serve 2,950 adult education students in distance learning models. Thanks to Joyce Akins, CGD Manager, for her work on this application/proposal.

Services Offered 

 CGD Presented Effective Grant Research Workshop 

Kristal Johnson presented the workshop: Effective Grants Research on June 20, 2019 at Untied Way of Greater Houston. Mrs. Johnson taught participants how to research grants using keyword tools and social media techniques.  Companies present at the workshop were Baker Ripley, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Clinic and The Village Learning.


CGD Hosts the HCDE District Grants Network Meeting

Gayla Rawlinson Maynard and the CGD team hosted a meeting of the District Grants Network. Sixteen attendees from 10 districts represented Alief ISD; Channelview ISD; Cypress Fairbanks ISD; Galena Park ISD; New Caney ISD; Pasadena ISD; Sheldon ISD; Spring ISD; Spring Branch ISD and Tomball ISD.

Thanks to Danielle Bartz, Education Foundation of Harris County Liaison and Lidia Zatopek, Educator Certification and Advancement for providing updates to the team.


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CGD Presented at Local Youth Development Council Meeting

Gayla-1Gayla Rawlinson Maynard, Center for Grants Development co-presented with Nicole Trellis with the Powell Foundation at the Youth Development Council sponsored by The Simmons Foundation. The 25 attendees represented Child Advocates of Fort Bend; Covenant House; Family Life and Community Resource Center; Houston Freedom Schools; Houston Revision; Montrose Grace Place; and ProUnitas to name a few. Mrs. Maynard’s focus was government or public grant funding while Nicole shared insights into foundation or private funding.