Project SERV Extended Services Grant Program
- Type: Federal
- Source: U.S Dept. of Education
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- Award Min: $0.00
- Award Max: $250,000.00
- Quantity: Unknown
- Deadline: Rolling
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 staff
- homicide of students, faculty members, and/or staff off cam
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:
- Description of the school district (i.e., small, rural district with enrollment of X number of students, demographic information, etc.);
- Description of the traumatic incident;
- Description of the impact the incident has had on the learning environment;
- Explanation of proposed activities designed to restore the learning environment; and
- 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 funding.