Research has shown that students' well-being is critically important to their academic and overall success. Data from various state and national sources continue to highlight the need for resources and collaboration to address the social and emotional and behavioral and mental health needs of students, families, and schools. As we continue to navigate and understand the impacts of the pandemic and our country's reckoning with racial injustice on mental well-being it is critical that we consider community and system work to address the individual and varying needs across sectors and settings.
The purpose of this state-funded competitive grant program is to adapt, expand, or strengthen multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS ) 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 to create comprehensive mental health systems.
This grant aims to build capacity of school districts, charter schools, and educational collaboratives to do 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. Applicants are expected to propose activities that align with the priorities below.
Applicants will prioritize activities aligned, but not limited to those detailed for each of the following categories:
Coordinate Services through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (required)
Create and sustain partnerships with Community-Based agencies to increase Access to Services (required)
Piloting Universal Mental Health Screening Systems: (optional)
DESE will allocate at least $1,000,000 of the total available funds towards this option. Applicants may apply for up to $50,000 to support the following activities:
Applicants choosing to participate in piloting universal mental health screening will also be expected to compile and submit an end of grant report no later than June 30, 2023, which will include the following data*:
* The department with support from its vendors will provide a template for this report
Coaching will also be offered to grantees who choose this category.
Competitive priority will be given to:
Massachusetts public school districts (including charter schools) that were not recipients of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Fund Codes 613-311-332 Supporting SEL & Mental Health Grant are eligible to apply.
A total of approximately $5,850,000 is available through this grant.
Applicants may apply for up to a total of $100,000 to support implementation of activities proposed to support the required priorities above. Applicants that choose to participate in a Universal Screening Pilot may apply for up to an additional $50,000.
Applicants' requests for funding should be commensurate with the scope of activities proposed and consider that grant awards are anticipated to be made official in November or December.
All grant awardees will be expected to participate in a grant kickoff meeting and two networking meetings that will be facilitated by the Department (DESE) and/or its professional development partners during the course of the grant.
Note: Efforts proposed through this grant must be supplementary and complementary to (and not supplant) what is funded through other grants/contracts.
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:
Fund Code 311 MTRS is Not an allowable expense on this state-funded grant.
Upon Approval (anticipated mid-November/December) – June 30, 2023
Pending appropriation, and contingent upon meeting grant requirements including submitting an approvable continuation grant proposal (likely during Spring 2023), grantees may be eligible for a one-year continuation grant (FY2024 — Upon Approval (anticipated July 1, 2024) – June 30, 2024) under either Fund Code (FC) 613 or FC 332.
Student and Family Support
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Proposals must be received at the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on the due date.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget Details
Part III — Required Program Information
Part IV — Assurances
The Department will hold a 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". Part III and the Budget should be submitted in their original Word/Excel format. Part I and Part IV should be submitted as a PDF with original signatures (signed/scanned).
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: September 9, 2022
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