Project SERV Extended Services Grant Program



  • Award Min: $0.00
  • Award Max: $250,000.00
  • Quantity: Unknown


  • Deadline: Rolling

1. Who is eligible to apply for Project SERV funds?

Local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher
education (IHEs) are eligible to apply for Project SERV if (1)
their learning environment has been disrupted as a direct result of
a violent or traumatic event (see answer to question 2 below for a
discussion of eligible event, and (2) responding to
the crisis poses an undue financial hardship. Charter Schools that
are considered LEAs under State law may directly apply for funding
for Project SERV. Consistent with State and local procurement
procedures, LEAs and IHEs may provide services directly and enter
into contracts with other providers for necessary services. LEAs
and IHEs may not subgrant funds received through Project SERV.

2. What is an "eligible event"?

Many types of events have the potential to seriously disrupt the
learning environment. Further, events that appear similar do not
always affect the learning environment in the same way. These facts
make it difficult to determine in advance all the types of events
which would be eligible for services. Any traumatic or violent
event, that disrupted teaching and learning, is eligible for
services under Project SERV if the LEA or IHE is able to: (1)
demonstrate the traumatic effect on the learning environment
including how the event has disrupted teaching and learning; and
(2) demonstrate that the needed services cannot be adequately
provided with existing resources in a comprehensive and timely
manner, and that the provision of services and assistance will
result in an undue financial hardship on the LEA or IHE. Generally,
eligible events are those events that occur outside of the normal
routine of school operations. The following are some examples of
potentially eligible events. Other serious events not listed here
also may be eligible.

  • shootings or other serious violent incidents in schools, such
    as stabbings

  • suicides of students, faculty members and/or staff

  • hate crimes committed against students, faculty members and/or

  • homicide of students, faculty members, and/or staff off


LEAs and IHEs may apply for two types of assistance under
Project SERV: Immediate Services grants and Extended Services
grants. Applicants are not required to apply for, or have received,
an Immediate Services grant to be eligible for funding under
Extended Services . Applicants that wish to apply for both
Immediate Services and Extended Services grants must submit a
separate application for each grant.

Immediate Services Grants:Immediate
Services grants are intended to provide short-term support shortly
after a traumatic event. Immediate Services grants are intended to
provide a limited amount of funds to meet acute needs and restore
the learning environment. The application process is not intended
to be burdensome. Typically, applications include a narrative of
about 4-5 pages and contain the following information:

  1. De_script_ion of the school district (i.e., small, rural
    district with enrollment of X number of students, demographic
    information, etc.);

  2. De_script_ion of the traumatic incident;

  3. De_script_ion of the impact the incident has had on the
    learning environment;

  4. Explanation of proposed activities designed to restore the
    learning environment; and

  5. Budget and budget narrative.

Under an Immediate Services grant, districts may request up to
$50,000 for a period of six months.

Extended Services Grants:Extended
Services grants are intended to address the long-term recovery
efforts that may be needed following a traumatic event . Extended
Services grants may provide up to $250,000 for 18 months to help
students, teachers, and school staff recover from a traumatic
event. Extended Services applications are considered unsolicited
grant applications and undergo a rigorous internal review by the
Office of Safe Drug-Free Schools and the Office of the General
Counsel. After review by staff members, the application is peer
reviewed by an outside panel before being considered for

Additional Info:
Applications are funded on a continuous basis.


If (and I pray it doesn't) the need arises, please contact:

Hamed Y. Negron-Perez

U.S. Department of Education, OSHS/OESE
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Rm. 3E115, LBJ
Washington, DC 20202

(202) 453-6725