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Safe & Supportive Schools

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Safe and Supportive Schools Grants

The Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335) is a state-funded program, funded through state line item 7061-9612.

Most specifically, this work is intended to help districts ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy and inclusive whole-school learning environment and makes effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students' behavioral health, including social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, trauma sensitivity, dropout prevention, truancy reduction, children's mental health, foster care and homeless youth education, inclusion of students with disabilities, positive behavioral approaches that reduce suspensions and expulsions, and other similar initiatives. 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.

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY18) Fund Code (FC) 335 Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant

Grant Program Purpose: The primary goal of the grant is to support districts and their selected schools to organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and coordinate and align student support initiatives informed by the district's use of the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool.

Applicants can apply to use the funds for one of two categories: Category A: to convene school and district based teams to go through the BHPS Tool and create school and district action plans based on the results; or Category B: for former BHPS Tool users (that have created school and district action plans) to use funds to implement their action plans.

Eligible Applicants: Districts throughout the Commonwealth were eligible to apply for one of the categories. Applicants selected one or more of their schools for the focus of this work. Each district could apply for up to a maximum of $10,000 per participating school under Category A or Category B.

Request for Proposals (RFP) Application, Due Date, and Submission Information: For more information, see the FY18 fund code 335 RFP. Applications are due October 13, 2017. The Department has scheduled grant information sessions on September 29 and October 3 to share information and address questions about this grant and its application process. See webinar slides for more details.

Previous Grant Recipients

FY17 | FY16 | FY14 (available upon request)



Last Updated: October 11, 2017
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