Research has shown that students' well-being is critically important to their academic and overall success. The events of the past 18 months (including the Covid-19 pandemic and our country's reckoning with racial injustice) have only heightened the importance of student, staff, and family social-emotional and behavioral health well-being.
The purpose of this competitive, state and federally funded grant program is to adapt, expand, or strengthen multi-tiered systems of support to respond to the social-emotional and behavioral health needs of students, families and educators and to build strong partnerships with community-based mental health agencies and/or providers.
This grant aims to build capacity of school districts, charter schools, and educational collaboratives to do one or more of the following:
Through this grant initiative, participating districts are asked to prioritize the following areas as they relate to social-emotional and behavioral health for students, staff, and families.
Competitive Priority will be given to:
Massachusetts public school districts, charter schools, and educational collaboratives are eligible to apply.
Fund Code 613 and 311: StateFund Code 332: Federal CFDA 84.425D
A total of approximately $7,200,000 is available through this grant. The grant has been divided into several distinct but related categories. Applicants may apply for one or multiple grant categories.
Applicants' requests for funding should be commensurate with the scope of activities proposed. Please note that efforts proposed through this grant must be supplementary and complementary to (and not supplant) what is funded through other grants/contracts.
All grant participants will be expected to participate in two networking meetings that will be facilitated by the Department (DESE) during the course of the grant.
Category A — Piloting Universal Mental Health Screening Systems:DESE will allocate at least $1,000,000 of the total grant towards this category. Applicants may apply for up to $100,000 to support the following activities:
Awarded grantees under Category A will also be expected to compile and submit an end of grant report no later than June 30, 2022 which will include the following data:
Category B — Developing Multi-Tiered Systems of Social-Emotional, Behavioral & Mental Health, and Well-Being SupportDESE expects to award approximately $4,700,000 for this category. Applicants may apply for up to $150,000 to support the following activities:
Category C — Sustainability through Community-Based Coordination and Access to ServicesDESE expects to award approximately $1,200,000 for this category. DESE will award at least $1,000,000 of these awards to schools and school districts serving high percentages of low-income students. Applicants may apply for up to $100,000 to support the following activities:
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.
These funds must be used in ways that are aligned to the grant purpose and priorities described above and that have reasonable likelihood of being sustained (and/or having impact) beyond the grant period.
Fund use may include, but is not limited to:
Upon Approval – June 30, 2022
Pending appropriation, and contingent upon meeting grant requirements including submitting an approvable continuation grant proposal (likely during Spring 2022), grantees will be eligible for two one-year continuation grants (FY23 — Upon Approval (anticipated July 1, 2022) – June 30, 2023 and FY24 — Upon Approval (anticipated July 1, 2023) – June 30, 2024).
Student and Family Support
Thursday, November 18, 2021Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) (Submit one for each Category included in application.)
Part II — Budget Workbook (Complete the respective worksheet for each Category (A–C) included in the application.)
Part III — Required Program Information
Part IV — Assurances
The Department will hold Question and Answers Session via webinar. Use the online registration to register. During this session, the Department will answer applicants' questions. Questions may be submitted in advance of the session to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "SEL and Mental Health grant question". Due to the competitive nature of this grant, questions and responses will be shared during this session so that all potential applicants have the opportunity to hear the information.
Please submit all required documents electronically to email@example.com with the subject line "SEL and Mental Health Grant Application".
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: January 6, 2022
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