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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Safe and Drug-Free Schools Professional Development
Fund Code: 331

Purpose: The purpose of this federally-funded non-competitive grant program is for the development and implementation of professional development programming on evidence-based practices in creating and maintaining safe school climates for all students. Professional development offerings may include:
  1. preventing bullying in and around schools;
  2. preventing cyberbullying;
  3. implementation of Social, and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs;
  4. integrating safe school climate initiatives with the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) blueprint;
  5. readiness and emergency management in schools;
  6. creating trauma sensitive schools and safe and supportive learning environments; and
  7. implementation of the Behavioral Health and Public Schools (BHPS) Assessment Tool.
Priorities: UPDATED 5/8/12
Funded programs:

Funded programs will:
  • may provide expertise and technical assistance to districts around the Commonwealth via workshops, and
  • if working with other districts, incorporate experience and demonstrated success in linking safe school climate and related prevention initiatives with improved student academic achievement.
Professional development program offerings by grantees may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Bullying Prevention: Initiatives that include evidence-based age-appropriate instruction grades K-12.
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Development and implementation of social and emotional learning curricula, leadership, resource coordination, instructional approaches and policies, and protocols.
  • Behavioral Health: Collaboration with others including community agencies with expertise in interventions for children, family support, and mental health issues.
  • Family Engagement: Effective options and opportunities offered by schools to engage parents in their child's learning and social development, support school plans and curricula for bullying prevention and intervention at home, and online safety and cyberbullying.
  • Massachusetts Tiered System of Support: Providing students with a continuum of multiple academic and non-academic supports and interventions that address learning or behavioral challenges.
  • Multi-hazard evacuation planning: Strengthening and improving emergency management plans at the district and school-building levels, including training school personnel on emergency management procedures and communicating with parents about emergency plans and procedures.
If requests exceed available funding, proposals will be awarded funding based on the date received, if all requirements are met in the application, until all available funds are distributed. Some consideration will be given to geographical representation amongst approvable proposals to support professional development for school district personnel across the Commonwealth.
Eligibility: Eligible entities are public school districts that received Title IV-A Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (Fund Code: 331) funding in FY 2010. Applicants must also have implemented allowable activities through that grant program during FY2007-FY2009.

UPDATED 5/8/12. To be eligible to use the funds to provide training to other districts, applicants must have experience in one or more of the following program areas:
Funding: Approximately $350,000 is available for this project with each applicant eligible to apply for up to $15,000. Approved amounts will be in line with the quality of the application and scope of proposed services.
Fund Use: UPDATED 5/8/12: Grantees are no longer required to spend at least two-thirds of their proposed budget on activities related to training and mentoring other districts. Applicants may propose to use the full amount of funds for their own district.
Project Duration: UPDATED 5/8/12: For applications received after May 1, the project duration is 7/1/2012 - 9/30/2012.
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Anne Gilligan email address:
Phone Number: (781) 338-6309
Date Due: Friday, June 1, 2012.
*Proposals are requested by the due date, but will be reviewed and awarded (if approvable) each week on a rolling basis until all available funds have been expended (which may be before or after June 1) A note will be added here when all available funds have been encumbered. (Updated 5/8/12)
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS 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 MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information

*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. UPDATED 5/8/12: Grantees are no longer required to conduct at least one training/technical assistance workshop for districts focusing on the priority areas.
  2. A narrative evaluation of professional development offerings will be required to be submitted to the Department no later than October 19, 2012 (UPDATED 5/8/12). Guidelines for the evaluation will be provided to all grantees upon approval
Submission Instructions: UPDATED 5/8/12: Email all three required documents to (no signature needed). Also mail two (2) Part I documents, both with original signatures of the Superintendent/Executive Director

Mail to:
Anne Gilligan, Safe and 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: May 14, 2012
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