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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2019

Safe and Supportive Schools Continuation Grant
Fund Code: 337

Purpose:The goal of this state funded continuation grant program is to help support implementation of school-wide action plans created the prior year through efforts associated with safe and supportive schools grants. These grantee districts (and their selected schools) have worked towards organizing, integrating, and sustaining school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments. As part of this work, they created action plans last year based on their findings from completing the Behavioral Health and Public School (BHPS) Framework and Self-Assessment Tool (Tool). [The BHPS Framework and Tool was created by the BHPS Taskforce and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department), pursuant to Section 19 of Chapter 321 of the Acts of 2008.] Schools supported through these continuation grants shall also incorporate these action plans into their school improvement plans developed under MGL, c. 69, s. 1I.

Priorities: The main priorities for this grant are to ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy, culturally responsive, and inclusive whole-school learning environment, and makes effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students' behavioral health. These efforts are supported through school based implementation of action plans that were created after completing the Tool.

Applicants may submit an updated action plan with this application, otherwise the plan previously submitted (during Fiscal year 2017-2018 (FY18) to the Department will be reviewed.

Eligibility: Massachusetts school districts that received FY18 Fund Code (FC) 335 Safe and Supportive Schools grants (to use the BPHS Tool and create action plans during FY18), are eligible to apply for this continuation funding opportunity to support implementation of the action plans created by school and school district teams, based on all six elements of the Framework/Tool.

Applicants must propose to focus this work in one or more schools where the FY18 FC 335 grant supported a team of school and district stakeholders to create school and district action plans.

Eligible Districts and Maximum Funding Amounts:
Berkshire Hills Regional School District (Stockbridge)$10,000
Boston Public Schools10,000
Carver Public Schools10,000
Easthampton Public Schools13,500
Monomoy Regional School District (Chatham)5,000
Pioneer Valley Regional School District (Northfield)5,200
Sandwich Public Schools10,000
Southbridge Public Schools20,000
Stoneham Public Schools10,000
West Springfield Public Schools13,500

Funding Type:State
Funding: Approximately $107,200 is available to support these grants.

Applicants are eligible for up to the amounts listed in the Eligibility section above

Notes about funding:
  • Districts are eligible for up to the amount they received for FY18 FC335 Category A.
  • Should additional funds become available as a result of unclaimed or returned grant awards, the Department may redistribute those funds in an equitable manner among other awarded grantees.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

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

These funds must be used to implement action plans that incorporate all six elements of the Framework, as submitted with the application (or as part of the FY18 grant).

All applicants may consider partnering with Educational Collaboratives or other consultants to help facilitate the implementation process.
Project Duration:Upon Approval – 08/30/2019

Program Unit:Student and Family Support

Contact:Emily Taylor

Phone Number:(781) 338-6313

Date Due:Thursday, October 4, 2018
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Complete and submit signed Part I for both FY19 School Year and FY20 Summer (Summer 2020), if applicable, in one PDF.

Download Excel Document
Part II — FY19 New Budget Template
Complete and submit Part II for both FY19 School Year and FY20 Summer (Summer 2019), if applicable, using the respective tabs in the Budget Template provided. This is for planning purposes only. Please see the Submission Instructions section for more information. Only enter the FY19 School Year Budget in EdGrants

Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Download Word Document
Grant Assurances

School and District Action Plans
Note: Action plans must be received by the Department for all schools included for funding under FY19 FC 337. Action plans should have been submitted during the FY18 FC335 grant cycle and do not need to be resubmitted. If action plans have not been submitted, or you would like to submit updated versions, please submit along with this grant application.

Additional Information:Program Evaluation and Professional Development
Grantees shall participate in professional development (e.g., conferences, webinars, and/or regional events, etc.) to be held by the Department, as well as in an evaluation of this grant program. In addition, the Department and Safe and Supportive Schools Commission will use feedback from grantees to inform continuous updates and improvements to the Framework and Tool. Details will be provided to all grantees once information is confirmed.

Submission Instructions: Please submit information as noted below:

Email the following to by Thursday, September 20, 2018:

  • Excel Workbook in its original excel format.
Once the continuation grant has been approved all required grant materials must be submitted through EdGrants.

In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

FY19 FC337 Student and Family Support Applicant Name

All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I with Superintendent's signature as well Part III and Grant Assurances. The FY19 budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.

Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

Last Updated: August 24, 2018
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