Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Opportunity through MA DESE

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the Fiscal Year  2019 (FY19) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612), is now accepting proposals for the 2018-19 school year.  For more information, please see the FY19 fund code 335 RFP Page (click here)

The main priorities for this grant are to ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy, culturally-competent, and inclusive whole-school learning environment; and makes effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students’ behavioral health, through one of two grant applicant options:


Option One: Action Planning

These grantees will convene a school team composed of various stakeholders (e.g., including but not limited to teachers, nurses, counselors, parents, etc.) to review and respond to the questions in the SaSS Tool.

Based on the results from the Tool, the team will identify school and district areas to prioritize for improvements related to creating safer and more supportive learning environments, and will finalize a school and district action plan that is aligned to school and district priorities.

Note: Upon award, the Department will provide all Action Planning grantees with guidelines for convening teams to create action plans that are aligned with other district and school plans and initiatives, including but not limited to district and school improvement plans (if applicable).

Option Two: School Based Implementation and Mentorship

a) These grantees will begin or continue to implement school-based action plans (and associated district-support plans) that were created in prior year(s), i.e., in or before school year 2017-2018. The creation of those action plans must have been informed by a local self-reflection process using the BHPS Framework and Tool. Those completed action plans must be submitted with the applications, and will be considered as part of the competitive review process.

b) These grantees will also serve as mentors for new tool users. The areas of mentorship may include one or more of the following, or another area agreed to by the applicant and Department:

  • School level personnel role
  • District level personnel role
  • Forming effective school based teams that encompass the whole school/district community
  • Facilitating school based or district teams to utilize the Tool “Buy-in” from District leadership
  • Gathering data to utilize to inform completion of each section of the Tool
  • Creating a realistic and feasible timeline for utilizing the Tool
  • Analyzing results from the Tool to create priority areas for next steps
  • Writing an effective and measurable action plan.

Applications are due Thursday, September 20, 2018 by 5:00 pm.

The Department has scheduled information sessions to share information and address questions about this grant and its application process on:

  • September 4, 2018, 2:00 PM
  • September 11, 2018, 10:00 AM

Please register for the information session by clicking here

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Taylor at

We invite you to share this information broadly with your contacts in Massachusetts.


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