The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that $40 million in competitive grant funds are available to fund school climate improvement efforts by Local Education Agencies (aka, school districts). The School Climate Transformation Grant will support LEAs to “develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing multi-tiered systems of supporting, for improving school climate.”
Around 80 grants will be awarded at $100,000-$750,000 per year each, for up to 5 years. There are several absolute and competitive preference categories, including for rural LEAs and LEAs serving federally recognized tribes or including Qualified Opportunity Zones.
VIA has a long history of evaluating school climate programs, including previous School Climate Transformation grants. We have implemented school climate surveys, monitored fidelity to multi-tiered systems of support models such as PBIS, helped districts use discipline and attendance data to inform decisions, and reported on GPRAs and local outcomes. We are very familiar with Department of Education reporting requirements and formats.
The evaluation section of this grant is worth 20 points.
If you want to learn more about the grant and how VIA can help you, contact us soon. Applications are due July 22nd!