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Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant

Grants to Massachusetts School Districts
to Address School Safety and Student Needs

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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09/20/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Massachusetts school districts and their selected schools to develop and implement school safety plans that support students' behavioral health. Funding is available for planning grants, as well as for implementing school-based action plans.

The goal of this state funded competitive grant program is to provide funding to districts (and their selected schools) to organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and coordinate and align student support initiatives based on their findings from completing the Behavioral Health and Public School (BHPS) Framework and Self-Assessment Tool.

The main priorities for this grant are to ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy, culturally-competent, and inclusive whole-school learning environment; and makes effective use of a system for integrating services Download Word Document and aligning initiatives that promote students' behavioral health, through one of two grant applicant options:

Option One: Action Planning

These grantees will convene a school team composed of various stakeholders (e.g., including but not limited to teachers, nurses, counselors, parents, etc.) to review and respond to the questions in the SaSS Tool.

Based on the results from the Tool, the team will identify school and district areas to prioritize for improvements related to creating safer and more supportive learning environments, and will finalize a school and district action plan that is aligned to school and district priorities.

The action plans shall address all six sections of the Framework:
- Leadership
- Professional Development
- Access to Resources and Services
- Academic and Non-Academic Activities
- School Policies, Procedures, and Protocols
- Collaboration with Families

Note: Upon award, the Department will provide all Action Planning grantees with guidelines for convening teams to create action plans that are aligned with other district and school plans and initiatives, including but not limited to district and school improvement plans (if applicable).

Grant funds may be used for teacher stipends, consultants, substitutes, and materials to be used in the development of district action plans and school action plans for those schools proposed under this option. Applicants should not include in their application requests for funds to support activities related to action plan implementation.

Note: The Department may consider requests during the spring from Option one: Action Planning grantees to amend budgets to support action plan implementation, provided a comprehensive action plan has been completed and submitted.

Option two: School Based Implementation and Mentorship

a) These grantees will begin or continue to implement school-based action plans (and associated district-support plans) that were created in prior year(s), i.e., in or before school year 2017-2018. The creation of those action plans must have been informed by a local self-reflection process using the BHPS Framework and Tool. Those completed action plans must be submitted with the applications, and will be considered as part of the competitive review process.

b) These grantees will also serve as mentors for new tool users. The areas of mentorship may include one or more of the following, or another area agreed to by the applicant and Department:
- School level personnel role
- District level personnel role
- Forming effective school based teams that encompass the whole school/district community
- Facilitating school based or district teams to utilize the Tool
- "Buy-in" from District leadership
- Gathering data to utilize to inform completion of each section of the Tool
- Creating a realistic and feasible timeline for utilizing the Tool
- Analyzing results from the Tool to create priority areas for next steps
- Writing an effective and measurable action plan

These funds must be used to implement action plans that incorporate all six elements of the Framework, as submitted with the application. These funds must also support efforts associated with mentorship activities.

Grant funds may be used for school and district based implementation coordinator(s), consultants, substitutes, evidence-based programs/initiatives, and materials to be used in the implementation of district action plans and school action plans for proposed schools.

Funds may also be used to provide stipends for the members of the team that will be responsible for the mentorship activities, or for any appropriate costs associated with mentoring.

All applicants

All applicants may consider partnering with educational collaboratives or other consultants to help facilitate the action planning and/or implementation process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163812

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $20,000 total, with a maximum of $10,000 per school under Option one: Action Planning.

Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 per district under Option two: School Based Implementation and Mentorship.

Term of Contract:

Projects must end on August 31, 2019.

Pending appropriation and meeting all grant requirements, applicants under Option one: Action Planning (only) will be eligible for a one-year continuation grant in FY20 (9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020) to support implementation of the action plan developed through this FY19 grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Massachusetts school districts are eligible to apply for funding.

Note: Former FC 335 grantees are among the entities eligible to apply for either of the above Options, provided the specific requirements are met for the schools to be included in the application under that Option. For Option one: Action Planning, former FC 335 grantees may only apply for schools that have not yet utilized the BHPS Self-Assessment Tool and used it to inform action planning.

Funds cannot be used for: electronics (such as iPads, computers, tablets, etc.) or construction.

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY19 Fund Code 335 Safe and Supportive School Competitive Grant Info Sessions

Due to the competitive nature of this grant program, all questions about the Funding Opportunity documents and process will be addressed during the Grant Information Webinar and Q & A sessions.

Please choose from the two dates below:
September 4, 2018, 2:00 PM
September 11, 2018, 10:00 AM

Each session will last 1 hour and will not be recorded.

Information about connecting to the webinar will be emailed to those who register prior to the session.

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Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Applicants may only apply for one Option. It is anticipated that approximately 75% of the funds will be awarded through Option one: Action Planning, and approximately 25% through Option two: School Based Implementation and Mentorship.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit all application materials electronically to

Emily Taylor
(781) 338-6313

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USA: Massachusetts