New Safety Awards to Draw from Existing Applicant Pool

The Education Dept. will be selecting FY 2015 school safety grants winners from the existing pool of applicants that previously applied for the grants but did not win any funding, ED officials say.

ED officials said they will be “funding down the slate,” for the “Now Is The Time” and School Climate Transformation grants that were introduced last year. The funding supports efforts to reduce school violence and eliminate bullying. Congress set aside about $110 million for the Now is the Time competitions, but ED officials have not yet determined how much will be available for distribution in FY 2015.

The four competitions affected are:

  1. The Project Prevent Grants (CFDA Number 84.184M) to help LEAs in communities with pervasive violence break the cycle of violence.
  2. School Climate Transformation Grants-States: (CFDA Number 84.184F) to help create positive school climates that support effective education for all students. Funds support the use of multi-tiered decision-making frameworks, which research shows can be effective in reducing problem behaviors, decreasing bullying and peer victimization, improving organizational health and perceptions of school as a safe setting, and increasing academic performance in reading and math; (most recent NOFA).
  3. School Climate Transformation Grants-LEAs: (CFDA Number 84.184G) for one-time grants to SEAs to help their LEAs develop, implement, and improve emergency management plans designed to enable districts and schools to prepare for, prevent and mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergencies and crisis events; (most recent NOFA).
  4. Elementary & Secondary School Counseling Program (CFDA Number: 84.215E); the funding helps establish or expand elementary school or secondary school counseling programs. ED favors applicants focused on turning around consistently low-performing schools or served tribal or military students. (the most recent NOFA).

Good News

The good news is that ED will still be offering a number of grants to help schools address the needs of poor and underserved students. For example, ED expects to make new grants in the Full-Service Community Schools competition (CFDA Number: 84.215J). Funding helps improve the quality of elementary and secondary education and bolster community-wide, comprehensive services for students, families and their communities. The program supports partnerships between schools, school districts and community-based or nonprofit organizations.

The FSCS program began in 2008, and the program has awarded over $50 million to more than 20 communities across 13 states, serving approximately 150,000 students in more than 60 schools. The winner’s were selected from 147 applications. The first year awards are for up to $500,000 each. The next round is to open early next year.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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