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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Safe and Supportive Schools Grant - Competitive
Fund Code: 335

Purpose: The purpose of this competitive grant program is to provide funding to districts (and their selected schools) to develop action plans that organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and coordinate and align student support initiatives. Schools and districts shall create action plans based on all the elements of the safe and supportive schools framework and the self-assessment tool currently referred to as the Behavioral Health and Public School (BHPS) Framework and Self-Assessment Tool created by the BHPS Taskforce and Department of Elementary Secondary Education (Department), pursuant to Section 19 of Chapter 321 of the Acts of 2008.

Most specifically, this work is intended to help districts ensure that each school creates a safe school environment and makes effective use of a system for addressing the social, emotional, and health needs of its students that reflects the Framework. Schools that receive funding (through their district) under this grant program will convene a school team, respond to the questions in the Self-Assessment Tool, determine areas to prioritize for improvements, finalize an action plan, implement the action plan, and assess progress regarding the action plan.

The Framework shall provide guidance and support to schools to assist with the creation of safe and supportive schools that improve education outcomes for students.
Priorities: Districts shall create action plans for each selected school based on all the elements of the Framework. Districts shall also create district action plans that support the selected schools.

Grantees are expected to develop action plans that address all of the six sections of the Framework:
  1. Leadership
  2. Professional Development
  3. Access to Resources and Services
  4. Academic and Non-Academic
  5. Policies, Procedures and Protocols
  6. Collaboration with Families
Eligibility: Districts throughout the Commonwealth are eligible to apply. Applicants must select one or more of their schools for the focus of this work.
Funding: A district may apply for up to a maximum of $10,000 per school to create school and district action plans.

A total of approximately $440,000 is available for this initiative.
Fund Use: Grant funds may be used for teacher stipends, consultants, substitutes, and materials to be used in the development of school and district action plans for recipient schools.

These funds must be used to develop action plans that incorporate all six elements of the Framework.
Project Duration:Upon Approval - 6/30/2016
Program Unit:Student Support Center
Contact:Anne Gilligan
Phone Number:(781) 338-6309
Date Due:Monday, November 30, 2015.

Proposals must be postmarked and emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
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Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
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.)
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Part III - Required Program Information
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Superintendent Assurances page.

*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. Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information

  2. Grantees will be required to participate in the evaluation process for this grant program. The evaluation process will be conducted during the 2015-2016 school year.

  3. (BHPS) Framework and Self-Assessment Tool - Note that any interested school can request a username and password via Anyone interested in browsing the tool can use TEST1 as the username and password (TEST2 or TEST3 or TEST4 or TEST5 also works - just use the same number for both the username and password). The Department will provide training in using this tool to all awarded grantees. This information can be found on the Safe and Supportive Schools web page at: Safe & Supportive Schools: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  4. Download Word Document The BHPS Task Force Final Report

  5. The Department reserves the right to consider additional factors such as geographic distribution and the number of recipient schools per district, in making final award decisions. Additionally if all available funding is not awarded, the Department reserves the right to reallocate the available balance of funds through increases to interested grant recipients.

Submission Instructions: Applicants must submit the completed application, via email and via mail, following the instructions below:
  1. Email the complete application (without signatures) to:

  2. Mail two (2) copies of the complete application, with original signatures on Part I (Signature Page) to:

    Anne L. Gilligan
    Student Support Center
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: October 21, 2015
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