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Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP)

Grants to California K-12 Local Education Agencies for Truancy
and Dropout Prevention Programs for High-Risk Students

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California Department of Education (CDE)

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01/29/20 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to California K-12 school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education for programs to reduce school absenteeisim and dropout rates. An Intent to Submit must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support activities that keep at-risk students in school such as attendance improvement programs, restorative practices to reduce suspensions, social-emotional teaching, trauma-informed strategies, and coordinated community family, health, and developmental services rendered on school premises.

The goals of the LCSSP are to support evidence-based, non-punitive programs and practices aimed at keeping the state’s most vulnerable pupils in school. These programs and practices must complement and enhance the actions and services identified to meet the LEA’s goals as provided in their LCAP.

The LCSSP allows for a wide variety of programs and strategies to address the needs of vulnerable students. Statutory language identifies several allowable programs, including, but not limited to:

  • Establish/support community schools that participate in community-based efforts to coordinate and integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services at a school site to pupils, families, and community members (EC sections 33432[a][1] and 33435[a]).
  • Implement programs and activities to improve attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism.
  • Implement restorative practices to improve retention rates, reduce suspensions and other school removals, and reduce the referral of pupils to law enforcement agencies.
  • Implement activities that advance social-emotional learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), culturally responsive practices, and trauma-informed strategies.
  • Establish partnerships with community-based organizations to support the implementation of evidence-based, non-punitive practices that further the goals of keeping the state’s most vulnerable students in school.
  • Increase staffing within a LEA whose primary purpose is addressing ongoing chronic attendance problems.

School-based, community-based, or public and private partnerships providing direct or Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) such as those described above, which provide prevention, early intervention, and intensive intervention, may be funded through the LCSSP grant. Programs and strategies supported by the LCSSP grant must address the needs and challenges experienced by students of any age who are at risk of chronic absenteeism, habitual truancy, or dropping out of school.

For examples of allowable programs see page 4 of the guidelines in the Supporting Documents section below.

The LCSSP grant may be used for the expansion of a LEA-wide program or a program designed to address the needs of a limited number of schools with a high percentage of at-risk students. The proposed program may provide support for an existing regional program involving LEAs that have formed a consortium to address a particular challenge. Whatever the scope and strategies of the proposed grant, it must support existing LEA efforts identified in the LEA’s current LCAP or in the current LCAP of each LEA within a consortium that is applying for a LCSSP grant.

Program outcomes in the LCSSP application can target and include, but are not limited to:

  • Improvement in pupil engagement.
  • Improvement in school climate.
  • Expansion or maintenance of evidence-based, non-punitive practices.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184584

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Funded applicants may receive up to $50 per year per student enrolled in the LEA in accordance with the following minimum/maximum funding levels for the 3-year period:

- For LEAs with 100 or less: Minimum of $15,000 ($5,000 per year)
- For LEAs with 101 or more: Maximum of $2,000,000 ($666,666 per year)

Term of Contract:

Individual LCSSP grants will be for three years.However, LCSSP three-year grants will be approved each year. Each year represents a separate funding cycle with a cohort representing those grants approved in any single cycle/year for a three-year grant period. At the end of the three-year grant period, LEAs will be expected to demonstrate measurable improvement in areas specifically identified in the LEA’s LCSSP grant application.

The upcoming grant period (Cohort 4) begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Agencies: Applicant agencies are limited to LEAs within the State of California that serve students in K–12, inclusive. This includes school districts, all charter schools, and county offices of education (COEs) in their role as providers of direct student services in COE-operated schools.

All applicants and consortium members must have a CDE-assigned County/District/School (CDS) identification code and must be classified as an active LEA by the CDE.

Multiple LEAs may choose to form a consortium submitting a single application. LEAs are encouraged to form a program consortium when the resulting program efficiencies facilitate program success for each consortium member. If multiple LEAs choose to apply as a consortium, each consortium member must be identified as a priority LEA in accordance with the priorities listed below.

Funding Priorities - Priority will be given to a LEA that meets any of the following criteria:

- Has a high rate (i.e. exceeding the state average) of chronic absenteeism, out-of-school suspension, or school dropout for the general pupil population or for a numerically significant pupil subgroup as identified in their LCAP.
- Is in a community with a crime rate that exceeds the state average.
- Has a significant representation (i.e. 15 or more enrolled students) of foster youth among its pupil enrollment.

Individual schools are not eligible to apply. Only the LEA may apply on behalf of a school or schools within the LEA’s jurisdiction.

Community agencies, private schools, individual public schools, and state special schools are not eligible to apply for a LCSSP grant. They may, however, participate as a grant partner.

Grant funds are intended to complement and enhance existing programs and must not be used to supplant other local or state funds now being used for existing staff or activities. Funds cannot be transferred to any other program account.

Funds may not be used for:

- Law enforcement activities, including personnel or equipment.
- Expenditures for land, buildings, or other intangible capital assets, including items acquired through leases with option to purchase and capitalized equipment costs in excess of $5,000. Applicants are encouraged to review Procedure 770, Distinguishing between Supplies and Equipment, in the California School Accounting Manual (CSAM) for further discussion regarding capitalized equipment, noncapitalized equipment, and supplies. This manual can be downloaded from Supporting Documents below.
- Telephone systems, fax machines, and telephones, including cell phones and landlines.
- Purchase of vehicles.
- Out-of-state travel.
- Childcare.
- Food—possible exceptions are allowed, with evidence that the provision of food is necessary to implement a programmatic intervention strategy or training event conducted beyond normal school hours or off site for students, staff, or parents.
- Preparation, delivery, and travel costs associated with the application.
- Other more specific prohibitions included in the grant terms found in the General Assurances in Section V (Program Assurances).

Pre-Application Information:

The LCSSP grant application must be received by the CSHSO no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Application packets must be mailed or delivered to the LCSSP Competitive Grants. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Timetable of Due Dates:

- December 13, 2019: Intent to Submit an Application online form is due to the CSHSO.
- January 8, 2020: Webinar for prospective applicants.
- January 29, 2020: Application due to the CDE by 4 p.m.
- March 15–17: Application review and scoring
- April 17: Notice of Intent to Award Funds posted in the lobby of the CDE, 1430 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-5901. The list will also be posted on the CDE Learning Communities for School Success Funding Results web page at
- April 24: Grant appeals due to the CSHSO by 4 p.m.
- May 1: CDE final decision and expected notification.

There is a match requirement for this grant program. Each LEA grant recipient must provide a local contribution of matching expenditures or services equal to at least 20 percent of the total grant award. The local contribution can be from cash expenditures or in-kind contributions. The matching funds or services must be identified in the application and constitute at least a 20 percent match in each year of the grant. A LEA is encouraged to exceed the 20 percent match requirement to enable the LEA to sustain the activities or programs supported by the grant beyond the three-year grant period.

(*LCSSP three-year grants will be approved each year. Each year represents a separate funding cycle with a cohort representing those grants approved in any single cycle/year for a three-year grant period.)

The CDE’s Career and College Transition Division staff will accept and answer questions regarding this Request for Applications (RFA) via email only to Elvia Gonzalez. Questions will be answered within 24 hours.

Request for Applications and List of Documents:
Program Information:
Program Description:

Contact Information:

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

Submit the online Intent to Submit form at:

Mail or deliver application packets to:

LCSSP Competitive Grants
Coordinated School Health and Safety Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6408
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Program questions:
Elvia Gonzalez
916-319-0914 (phone)
916-319-0218 (fax)

Downloading questions:
Tissy Simmons

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