JUNTOS IN THE COMMUNITY
Eligibility requirements for grants often favor partnerships. Since the formation of Juntos, the partner organizations have been more successful in attracting funding, especially grant money. Rather than starting from scratch when writing grant proposals, they have the information gathered each year for the community Assets and Needs Statement readily available to give them a better understanding of what the community needs. From 1995 through 1999, Juntos's annual base award from the state Department of Education increased dramatically (from approximately $60,000 to just under $400,000). While the availability of increased funding was very much a function of the state legislature's substantially increased commitment to ABE, Holyoke was able to benefit significantly because the collaborative offered a ready-made, flexible vehicle for the effective investment of new resources.
In addition, while Massachusetts' statewide ABE programs have experienced an overall loss of approximately 10 percent in public funding over the last three years, due to economic conditions, Holyoke's ABE system has actually experienced an increase in both public and private investment from 2000 to the present. Some grants that the Juntos partners have been awarded and/or have been central to leveraging include: