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84.184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities_National Programs

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Sections 4121 and 4123, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 7131- 7133.
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To enhance the Nation's efforts to prevent the illegal use of drugs and violence among, and promote safety and discipline for, students at all educational levels.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Projects funded under this program support drug and violence prevention and education activities. The Secretary may fund applications that address specific priorities published in the Federal Register.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Public and private nonprofit organizations, and individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Institutions of higher education, SEAS, LEAS, and nonprofits will benefit, as will students, teachers, and parents.

Credentials/Documentation:   Contact the headquarters for credential/documentation requirements.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplications are not required under this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:   Applications or proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable program announcements.

Award Procedure:   After completion of competitive peer review of applications, the Department of Education makes the final decision on the approval and funding of applications.

Deadlines:   Deadlines are published in the Federal Register; contact the headquarters office for application deadlines and instructions.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Five months following the application deadline date.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no statutory formula. Contact the Headquarters Office for matching requirements (if any).

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Grants will be made for a period of 12 to 48 months. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Specified reporting requirements are included in the grant, cooperative agreement or contract document.

Audits:   Audit requirements are found in Part 74 of EDGAR.

Records:   As required by EDGAR, 34 CFR 75.730-734.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   91-1000-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $205,000,000; FY 02 est $274,733,000; and FY 03 est $172,233,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:   Not available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, 97 awards were made under a safe schools/healthy students initiative; 170 coordinator initiative grants were awarded; and 20 grants were awarded among IHEs, State, local educational agencies, and nonprofit organizations for prevention projects.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Regulations applicable to this program are in the Department of Education's General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 98, and 99).

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:   David Esquith Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, LBJ Building, Room 3E328, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: david.esquith@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-6722

Web Site Address:  
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oshs/index.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Projects that develop and implement a model designed to comprehensively address multiple factors that predispose youth to drug use and violence. Projects that develop, improve, expand, or enhance the collection of data related to youth drug use and violence, and develop and implement processes to ensure that high-quality data are used to inform policy, assess needs, select interventions, and assess success of drug and violence prevention activities funded under the SDFSCA State Grants Program.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Criteria include: (1) Need for the project; (2) significance; (3) quality of project design; (4) adequacy of resources; (5) quality of the management plan; and (6) quality of project evaluation.

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