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School Climate Transformation Grant – Local Educational Agency Grants (SCTG-LEA) Program


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Application Deadline: Jul 22, 2019


Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)


Offers funding to local educational agencies (LEAs) to support schools seeking to improve school climate and conditions for students through bullying and violence prevention, and decreasing disruptive actions that limit opportunities for students to receive high-quality education. Advocates the development of school-wide, evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral frameworks to improve behavioral outcomes and learning environments. Encourages applicants to work with a technical assistance provider, such as the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center. The grant competition includes 4 absolute priorities, which are:

  • Priority 1: Improving school climate
  • Priority 2: LEAs that are rural or serve 1 or more federally recognized American Indian tribes
  • Priority 3: LEAs that include a qualified opportunity zone
  • Priority 4: LEAs that are not rural, do not include qualified opportunity zones, and do not serve a federally recognized American Indian tribe

SCTG-LEA also includes 3 competitive preference priorities:

  • Protecting freedom of speech and encouraging respectful interactions in a safe educational environment
  • Fostering knowledge and promoting the development of skills that prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals and citizens
  • Opioid abuse and prevention, specifically efforts that provide support and technical assistance to schools implementing high-quality opioid abuse prevention and mitigation plans, such as the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) approach

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $750,000 per year
Award floor: $100,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 80
Estimated total program funding: $40,000,000

Who Can Apply

Local education agencies (LEAs), or consortia of LEAs, as defined by section 8101(30) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are eligible to apply.

Program eligibility is limited to LEAs that have never received a grant under SCTG–LEA.

For this program, a rural LEA is a local educational agency that is eligible under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program or the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program authorized under Title V, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Applicants can determine the eligibility of a district for these programs online. For the purposes of this competition, in order to qualify as a rural LEA under this definition, an LEA must have been eligible for fiscal year (FY) 2018 or FY 2019 SRSA or RLIS funds.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

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

Applicant frequently asked questions
SCTG-LEA resource list


For programmatic or technical questions:
Carlette KyserPegram

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Dillingham City School District in Alaska received grant funds to decrease behavioral risks and disruptions in the classroom and increase student attendance, academic performance, and graduation rates.
  • Montgomery County Schools in North Carolina used funds to implement a multi-tiered systems of support to decrease rates of discipline incidents, mental health referrals, truancy, and bullying. The program also expands access to school-based and community mental health and substance use services for students and families.
  • Sevier School District in Utah received funds to offer training and technical assistance to academic personnel to address students' social, emotional, behavioral, and educational concerns.

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Healthcare Workforce • Opioids • Prevention • Schools • Substance Use Disorder • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse