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Project Prevent Grant Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Oct 5, 2022


Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)


Provides funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) impacted by violence to develop and implement community- and school-based strategies to prevent and mitigate the harm of community violence for students and their families. Supports partnerships and collaboration with community organizations to enhance schools' capacity to reduce students' risk of exposure to violence and to address its long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harms, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), difficulty in school, delinquency, and violence.

Applicants must propose to implement 3 or more of the following program activities:

  • Professional development opportunities for LEA and school mental health staff with specialized instruction on screening for and responding to violence-related trauma and implementing violence prevention and mitigation interventions
  • Improving the availability, quality, and range of inclusive, school-based mental health services by increasing the number of appropriately trained staff members who are diverse and reflect the community
  • Training for school staff, community partners, youth, and families on the effects of exposure to community violence, the importance of screening students, and how to screen students exposed to community violence
  • Developing or improving processes to better assess and target services to students who may be experiencing mental, social, emotional, or behavioral challenges due to exposure to community violence
  • Strengthening connections between LEA mental health services and community mental health systems to ensure affected students receive referrals to culturally appropriate, evidence-based treatment
  • Coordinating with law enforcement to address community violence affecting students, support victims' rights, and promote public safety

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $800,000
Award floor: $250,000
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 10-13
Estimated total program funding: $6,800,000

Who Can Apply

Local educational agencies (LEAs) and charter schools that are considered LEAs under state law are eligible to apply.

There are 2 competitive preference priorities for this opportunity:

  1. Projects with an established partnership with a local community-based organization(s)
  2. Proposals that supporting children and youth from low-income backgrounds

To receive priority consideration under the first competitive preference, an application must include at least 1 completed memorandum of agreement (MOA) or memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a local community-based organization agreeing to partner with the applicant on the proposed project.

To receive priority consideration under the second competitive preference, applicants must demonstrate that at least 20%, 25%, or 30% of students in the LEA are from families with an income below the poverty line, based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) data.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available on the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording
Application package
Application guide
Project Prevent resource list


For programmatic or technical questions:
Tawanda Avery

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2022 can be found on the program website.

One rural community group who received funding is the McAlester Public School District in McAlester, Oklahoma for programming that will provide violence prevention training to school administration, staff, community partners, students, and families. The project also includes calming and play therapy rooms, group interventions, a family university and summer camp, and collaboration with local law enforcement.

Topics This Program Addresses

Adverse Childhood Experiences • Mental Health • Schools • Substance Use Disorder • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse