U.S. Department of Education: Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs
The Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program provides funding to Local Education Agencies to establish or expand elementary and secondary school counseling programs, with special consideration given to applicants that can:
- Demonstrate the greatest need for counseling services in the schools to be served;
- Propose the most innovative and promising approaches; and
- Show the greatest potential for replication and dissemination.
Projects should: 1) use a developmental, preventive approach; 2) expand the inventory of effective counseling programs; 3) include in-service training; and 4) involve parents and community groups.
There are two competitive preference priorities for funding:
- Competitive Preference Priority 1—Improving School Engagement, School Environment, and School Safety and Improving Family and Community Engagement. Under this priority, the Department of Education will give priority to applications for projects that are designed to improve student outcomes through one or both of the following areas: a) Improving the school environment,which may include improving the school setting related to student learning, safety, and health; b) Improving school safety, which may include decreasing the incidence of harassment, bullying, violence, and substance use.
- Competitive Preference Priority 2—Support for Military Families. Under this priority, the Department of Education will give priority to applications for projects that are designed to address the needs of military-connected students.
Amount: Total available: $14,779,760 for up to 42 awards ranging from $169,000-$400,000. Average award size is expected to be $350,000.
Eligibility: Local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law that do not have an active grant under this program.
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