The purpose of this competitive state-funded grant is to support the implementation of programs designed to prevent hate crimes and incidences of bias in public schools as defined under M.G.L. Chapter 22C, Section 32.
Competitive priority will be given to:
Schools that have experienced hate crimes or incidences of bias within the last 2 school years (since the start of school year 2018–2019).
Applicants describing how they will establish and sustain collaboration with local organizations including local human rights organizations that have ongoing local relationships and expertise in promoting equity, building positive school climate, preventing hate crimes and addressing bias-motivated incidents including partnering on activities and events for parents/families to discuss the importance of recognizing, reporting and addressing hate crimes and bias incidents.
Massachusetts public school districts, including charter schools, are eligible to apply. Applicants must include a letter of support from the head of their local law enforcement agency, which should also document whether there is a School Resource Officer(s) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding that role and procedures for reporting and tracking hate crimes.
There is approximately $400,000 available for this grant.
The maximum amount for which a district can apply for is $50,000.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Funds must be used in alignment with the purpose and priorities outlined and as described in a budget, budget narrative, and required program information that is submitted to the Department's Office of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE). Indirect costs are not allowed.
Applicants' proposals should outline the applicants' need and how the applicants will utilize grant funds to address that need and implement strategies and programs based on recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes, including:
Support the implementation of evidence-based curriculum and programs for students that promote awareness and understanding, while helping to prevent hate crimes and incidents of bias-motivated conduct, including professional development for educators and school staff;
Establish and sustain collaboration with local organizations that have expertise in preventing hate crimes and addressing incidents of bias, including partnering to offer family events to discuss the importance of recognizing, reporting and addressing hate crimes and bias;
Improve policies, procedures and protocols for reporting and responding to incidents of hate crime and bias, in a timely, consistent, and effective manner, including disciplinary policies and programs that not only protect victims, but also seek to educate offending students and reintegrate them into the school community; proposals should identify potential partnerships with local law enforcement and other community-based organizations to provide training and support for school educators and staff.
Applicants will be required to establish and sustain collaboration with local organizations including local human rights organizations that have local relationships and expertise in promoting equity, building positive school climate, preventing hate crimes and addressing bias-motivated incidents including partnering on activities and events for parents/families to discuss the importance of recognizing, reporting and addressing hate crimes and bias incidents.
Upon Approval through 6/30/2021
If funds are available for FY2022, there will be an option to apply competitively where FY2021 grant recipients will be given weighted priority.
Office of College, Career, and Technical Education
Friday, November 20, 2020
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
The link for applicants to the online submission portal is: https://webportalapp.com/appform/prevent_hate
Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget and Part I in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: October 15, 2020
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