The purpose of this federally funded targeted grant is to support districts to improve student health and educational outcomes. This funding is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools cooperative agreement.
The main priority for this grant is to support districts and their selected schools to adopt the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model through the following strategies and activities.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) will make awards to districts that were confirmed as eligible priority grant partners in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE's) approved cooperative agreement with the CDC; and which participated in the Healthy Schools Program during Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021). Eligible school districts include Brockton, Fitchburg, Holyoke, and Salem.
The Department has applied for additional supplemental funding from the CDC and, if awarded, anticipates the possibility of expanding eligible districts to include Healthy Schools Programs and other vaccine equity communities seeking to implement COVID Relief initiatives and strategies in FY2022 under a related supplemental RFP.
It is anticipated that the Healthy Schools-sponsored activities and approaches that the Department implements at a statewide level (e.g., advisory meetings, PD and training/TA opportunities) will likely be available to all districts.
Federal CFDA 93.981
A total of approximately $40,000 is available in FY2022. 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.
Each eligible district may apply for up to $10,000 to support district and school-based grant activities.
The Department reserves the right to alter the award to each funded district.
Funds must be used to support district and school-based activities to implement the identified grant priorities and required activities (below). Costs may include, but are not limited to teacher stipends, consultants, substitutes, and materials.
Funds may be used to support consultants to help facilitate the action planning and/or implementation processes.
Required Activities: Grantees will maintain district- and school-based teams to:
Upon approval (no earlier than 7/1/2021) – 06/29/2022
Pending continued CDC funding, districts initially confirmed as eligible priority grant partners in the approved cooperative agreement who participate in FY2022 will be eligible for up to one additional year of funding, for a total of five years (through FY2023) to support implementation of activities outlined in submitted action plans, as well as to engage in the self-assessment, action-planning and implementation process with additional schools. Where available, supplemental funding opportunities enable additional districts to access related CDC funding and will be advertised to all eligible districts.
Student and Family Support
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) - Student and Family Support (SFS)
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Those that are submitted and substantially approvable on or before July 1, 2021, will have a grant start date of July 1, 2021.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget — Entered directly into EdGrants formlet (Budget template for drafting purposes)
Required Program Information: District Wellness Team agendas (from last two meetings), submitted via hyperlink (in Part III response), or pdf attachment in EdGrants.
Applicants must update the online district- and school-level trackers prior to submission of this application to ensure that current district- and school-level wellness team rosters, SHI progress reports, PD calendar and district wellness policy is available for review.
School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning GuideAll schools participating in this grant will use the SHI to guide their self-assessment and action planning. This tool provides extensive resources and guidance to school/district teams to support this process. There is an e-learning course that must be completed prior to accessing
The SHI is an online self-assessment and planning tool (also available in a downloadable, printable version) that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It is easy to use and completely confidential.
The SHI was developed by CDC in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies to
The SHI is based on CDC's research-based guidelines for school health programs, which identify the policies and practices most likely to be effective in reducing youth health risk behaviors.
Virtual Healthy SchoolsThe CDC's Virtual Healthy School (VHS) is an interactive site "that shows you how components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model can be integrated into your school." This site includes an extensive list of resources to support this work.
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants, using the following naming convention for your Healthy Schools Program Application:
FY22 FC650 HSP [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, Information and Trainings.
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: June 16, 2021
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