Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning into Academic Learning

Fund Code: 151


The goal of this federally funded continuation grant program is to build school and district capacity to:

  • Engage in explicit teaching and learning of social and emotional (SE) skills/competencies that are integrated and applied throughout all subject areas; and/or
  • Measure students' SE skills and competencies and effectively use data to identify areas of need, and support students to develop specific skills/competencies within a tiered system of support.


Through this grant, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and/or its partners will provide, in addition to the grant funds, technical assistance, professional development and/or coaching to support school and/or district teams in one or more of the following priority areas.

  • Priority 1 — The Social and Emotional Learning Indicator System (SELIS) survey supports a strength-based, tiered approach to developing students' social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies. Developed by researchers in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SELIS identifies students' self-reported SEL strengths in five core competencies. The data enables educators to support students in areas in need of development within a tiered system of support. DESE will provide participating districts with SELIS data and technical assistance to make meaning of the SEL data in an integrated system of support.

  • Priority 2 — Using Service-Learning (SL) to Teach and Reinforce SE Skills Across Content Areas (SL/SEL Integration): This priority is designed to support teachers' instruction, boost students' collaborative skills, and spark students' interest in future civic work. Participants will create and implement units that use service-learning to integrate SEL, content instruction and civics education to support students to develop SE skills/competencies.


Eligible entities are recipients of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Fund Code (FC) 151 grant.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.424


Approximately $244,000 is available.
Applicants are eligible to continue efforts related to the priorities for which they were awarded in FY2021. List of Eligible Districts and Maximum Amounts

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.

Fund Use:

Funds may be used to support stipends for staff engaged in grant activities, substitutes, materials and or supplies.

Note: Interested SELIS grantees may select to participate in SL/SEL Academic Integration professional development offerings. If you would like to do so, in addition to submitting responses to the questions in the link above, please also complete Section B — Plans for 2021-2022 in Part III — Required Program Information in the Required Forms section below.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval (anticipated 9/1/2021) – 8/31/2022

Program Unit:

Student and Family Support


Kristen McKinnon

Phone Number:

(781) 338-6306

Date Due:

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Required Forms:

Submission Instructions:

Submit all required grant materials 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:

  • FY22 Fund Code 151 — SEL Academic Integration [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 / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature as well as Schedule A form, if applicable to your district. The final 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: July 16, 2021

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