MA DESE Grant Program FY 22

The primary goal of this state funded grant is to support districts and their selected schools to organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and to coordinate and align student support initiatives informed by the district’s use of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool through one of two grant options:

Option 1 – Action Planning: These grantees will convene a school team composed of various stakeholders (e.g., including but not limited to teachers, nurses, counselors, family members, etc.) to review and respond to the questions in the SaSS Tool.  Any school at any time can request a username and apssword to view the self-assment tool by emailing

Option 2 – Implementation and Mentorship/Support:  These grantees will begin or continue to implement school-focused action plans (and associated district-support plans) that were created in prior year(s), i.e., during or before school year 2020-2021. These grantees serve as mentors/supports for Option One grantees; other new SaSS Tool users; schools and districts that are new to implementation; as well as the Department, Commission, and others as needed and appropriate. The areas of mentorship/support may include providing feedback to the Department or the Commission at meetings, presenting at online, regional, and statewide conferences, or providing direct support or guidance to Option One grantees.