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Deadline: June 23, 2014

U.S. Department of Education: School Climate Transformation Grant Program – Local Educational Agency Grants

Grants support local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

In 2013, the President proposed a comprehensive plan, “Now is the Time,” to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence, making schools safer, and increasing access to mental health services. The School Climate Transformation Grant Program is one of several Federal programs designed to work together to help make schools safer and improve mental health services for students and young adults. The Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice are implementing coordinated programs consistent with the initiative and the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (programs listed are: SAMHSA-Project AWARE, DOJ-Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court, and DOE-School Climate Transformation. The DOJ-Keeping Kids in School grants will also be awarding competitive grants to juvenile and family courts in communities that receive School Climate Transformation Grants to facilitate collaboration around the use of evidence-based positive behavior strategies to increase school safety and reduce suspensions, expulsions and referrals to court.

LEAs that implement this suite of programs as part of a coordinated strategy will enhance their ability to achieve the goals and objectives of the various programs. The combination and coordination of these programs will facilitate interagency partnerships and strategies to address the issues of school climate, school safety, and mental health needs in a comprehensive manner.

Two Competitive Priorities for this grant program include:

  • Coordination with other related activities: Projects that include a credible, high-quality plan to coordinate activities that would be funded under this competition with related activities that are funded through other available resources in such a manner as to enhance the overall impact of the multi-tiered behavioral frameworks implemented through a School Climate Transformation grant.
  • Promise Zones: Projects that are designed to serve and coordinate with a federally designated Promise Zone.

Amount: Total: $23,625,000; Range: $100,000-$750,000; Average: $200,000; Expected number: 118; Project period: up to 60 months.

Eligibility: Local Education Agencies.

Link: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/05/07/2014-10497/applications-for-new-awards-school-climate-transformation-grant-program-local-educational-agency

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