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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Safe and Supportive Learning Environments - Continuation
Fund Code: 791-A

Purpose: The purpose of this state-funded continuation grant program is to assist school districts with the development and establishment of:
  1. comprehensive programs to promote school safety and help prevent violence in schools; and/or
  2. in-school programs and services to address, within the general education school program, the educational and psycho-social needs of students whose behavior interferes with learning, particularly those who are suffering from the traumatic effects of exposure to violence. (Students suffering from the traumatic effects of exposure to violence shall include, but not be limited to, those exposed to maltreatment, family or community violence, war, homelessness, or any combination thereof.)
Priorities: Priorities for these grants include programs that:
  1. are based on empirically validated interventions (i.e., science/research-based with proven effectiveness);
  2. educate students using the same academic standards and curriculum frameworks as are taught to all students; and
  3. support the development of the following components:
    1. creating school environments where students can focus, behave appropriately, and feel safe, and where problems can be prevented through the comprehensive use of school-wide, classroom-based, small group, and/or individual interventions in creating a safe and positive school climate;
    2. collaborating with others where appropriate, including but not limited to, broadly recognized experts in the fields of child trauma and family and community violence; community mental health centers and hospitals; battered women shelters; and local district homeless liaisons;
    3. providing ongoing information-sharing and professional development opportunities and support for teachers, administrators, and other school personnel so that they can: understand and identify the symptoms of trauma; be aware of effective techniques of managing behaviors and promoting learning in children displaying symptoms seen commonly in those who have been victims of or witnesses to violence; and develop the skills and resources to identify and intervene with at-risk students;
    4. evaluating school policy and existing school and community programs and services to determine whether and to what extent students suspected and/or identified as suffering from trauma can receive effective supports and interventions that can help such students to succeed in their public school programs and, where necessary, be referred quickly and in confidence to appropriate services;
    5. reviewing school policies that may inadvertently exacerbate school-related difficulties for traumatized children and/or further traumatize students who have been victimized by child maltreatment or who have witnessed violence in the home or community;
    6. creating structures/protocols that support teachers, school staff, parents/guardians, and families as they address the needs of children and youth who have been victimized by violence or who have witnessed violence in the home and/or community;
    7. helping students play a key role in keeping the school safe;
    8. equipping students and teachers with the skills needed to avoid conflict and violence; and
    9. helping schools and individuals to further connect with the community and share resources.
Eligibility: Eligible entities are public school districts that received an FY2012 Fund Code: 791-A continuation grant, and had an associated original grant award through an FY2009 Fund Code: 791 competitive grant. The five eligible entities include:
  • Gloucester Public Schools
  • Ludlow Public Schools
  • Taunton Public Schools
  • Wareham Public Schools
  • Worcester Public Schools
Funding: Each eligible entity may request $10,000. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) reserves the right to alter the award to each funded school district.
Fund Use: Grant funds may be used for salaries for staff to coordinate the program, teacher stipends, consultants, substitutes, a range of approaches to address behavior issues, technology, travel, conferences, purchase of materials and supplies, printing, and reproduction of materials. These funds may not be used for programs exclusively serving students with disabilities. Grantees are encouraged to conduct activities and consider using a portion of funds to support sustainability of programs beyond this final year of continuation funding.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2013
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Anne Gilligan email address:
Phone Number: (781) 338-6309
Date Due: Friday, December 14, 2012*
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

*Note: Eligible entities are encouraged to submit applications sooner, but they will be accepted through the due date. Proposals will be reviewed and processed on a rolling basis. Proposals must be submitted and approved before funded services may begin.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download Excel Document  Part II Workbook - Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
    (Print and mail with the application all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions below.)
  3. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Grant Assurances
  5. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Safe and Supportive Learning Environments Evaluation Tool for FY2012

*Note: The Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables.

  1. For Microsoft Office 2000/2003, you may need to change the security setting in Excel before opening the file. In Excel, click 'Tools', 'Macro', and then 'Security'. When the dialog box appears, change the security setting to 'Medium' and then click 'OK'. You can now open the budget file.

  2. For Microsoft Office 2007, you must save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).

Additional Information:
  1. View HTML Page  Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
  2. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Schedule C - Optional form for the FY2013 application, to be completed by any partnering agencies that are external to the district. Note: Different partnering agencies can be listed on separate Schedule C forms if that is helpful.
Submission Instructions: Submit the completed application, via email and via mail, following the instructions below:

  1. Email the complete application (signatures not needed)
  2. Mail one complete application (see Required Forms section above), with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director on both the Part I and the Grant Assurances pages.

    Mail to:

    Anne L. Gilligan, Safe & Healthy Schools Specialist
    Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: October 18, 2012
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