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School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant FAQs

Responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant.
  1. Which programs are included in the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant?

    The School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant consolidates funding for the following programs into one competitive grant program:
  1. Who is eligible to receive funding from the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant?

    All local educational agencies are eligible to compete for funding from the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant provided that they have a school safety plan for each of their schools. Charter schools currently receive in lieu funding through the Charter School Categorical Block Grant for all of the programs that have been included in the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant; hence, charter schools are not eligible to receive separate grant funding from the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant.

    The California Department of Education and the Attorney General’s office are currently developing a request for applications, which will specifically describe the program and the criteria upon which applications will be evaluated.

  2. How may School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant funds be used?

    School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant funds will be distributed through a competitive grant process to local educational agencies to carry out one or more of the purposes of the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy program as well as the programs whose funding was consolidated into the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant; these purposes include school violence prevention. More specific parameters, conditions, or guidelines regarding the use of funds have been and are continuing to be developed by the California Department of Education and the Attorney General’s Office; however, local educational agencies must have a school safety plan for each of their schools as a condition of spending grant funds.

    Grant funds will be awarded to local educational agencies that score the highest in a competitive application process. The application process will ask local educational agencies to demonstrate specific school violence prevention needs and describe a specific plan to address those needs. If awarded a grant, the local educational agency will be authorized to use the funds for the purposes specified by the plan in the local educational agency’s application. As such, any violence prevention use of the funds is permissible, provided that the local educational agency’s application demonstrates to a panel of expert violence prevention practitioners that the proposed use of funds will solve the violence problems identified in the application’s needs analysis.

  3. What are the purposes of the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy program and the other school safety programs that were consolidated into the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant?

    The purpose of the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy program and the other school safety programs that were consolidated into the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant are as follows:

    School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program. The purpose of this program is to provide schools that contain kindergarten classes and any of grades one through seven with access to supplemental resources to establish programs and strategies that promote school safety and emphasize violence prevention among children and youth in the public schools.

    Safety Plans for New Schools. The purpose of this program is to develop school safety plans.

    Safe School Planning and Partnership Mini-grants. The purpose of this program is to provide support to local educational agencies to implement school safety plans and collaborative approaches for implementing comprehensive school safety and violence prevention strategies.

    School Community Policing. The purpose of this program is to enable local educational agencies and law enforcement to develop and implement school community policing strategies that employ violence prevention activities that the local collaboratives identify as the solution to their local, demonstrated needs. Community policing is defined in Education Code Section 32296.3 as:


    an approach to safe schools that is founded on developing positive relationships between law enforcement and the school community in which (1) schools, law enforcement, community agencies, and the members of the surrounding school community collaboratively develop long-term proactive approaches and systems to address the underlying conditions that affect the level of school safety; and (2) law enforcement becomes an integral facet of the school community with highly trained law enforcement officers having a visible and active presence on and around school campuses.

    Gang-Risk Intervention Program. The purpose of this program is to reduce the probability of youth involvement in gang activities and consequent violence, and also establish ties between youth and community organizations, and commit local business and community resources to positive programming for youth.

    School Community Violence Prevention. The purpose of this program is to enable local educational agencies to collaborate with local communities and law enforcement on violence prevention activities.

    Conflict Resolution. The purpose of this program is to enable schools to initiate comprehensive programs that teach students how to resolve disputes without resorting to violence.

  4. How much funding is available for the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant?

    The Budget Act for 2005-06 proposes $16,381,000 in funding for the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant.

  5. Is the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant to receive annual funding adjustments for pupil growth and cost of living?

    No. There was no provision in Assembly Bill 825 for this block grant to receive annual funding increases. Any increases for growth and cost of living will be provided to the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant at state option through the annual Budget Act. This is the case for the Budget Act for 2005-06, which provides funding for growth and cost of living to this block grant. Block grant funding in 2005-06 is based on 2003-04 funding for the programs included in the block grant, increased by 2004-05 and 2005-06 cost of living rates and growth in statewide average daily attendance.

  6. When can local educational agencies begin to apply for funding under the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant?

    The estimated date for release of the request for applications for the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant is January 25, 2006.

  7. What are the limits on transfers of funds to and from the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant?

    Funds may be transferred to and from the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant with the following limitations:
  1. Did any of the programs included in the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant receive basic aid reductions in 2003-04, pursuant to Section 38 of Chapter 227, Statutes of 2003?

    No.

  2. Has the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant been assigned a Resource Code?

    Yes, the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant has been assigned Resource Code 7391.

  3. Has the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant been assigned a Revenue Object Code?

    Yes, all six block grants should use Revenue Object Code 8590.

  4. Can indirect costs be charged to the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant? If yes, at which rate?

    Yes, consistent with the California Department of Education's existing indirect cost rate guidance, the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant may be charged for indirect costs, provided the amount charged does not exceed the local educational agency's approved indirect cost rate. Further information on indirect costs can be found at the California Department of Education Web site.

  5. How should carryover from programs included in the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant from fiscal years prior to 2005-06 be used?

    Carryover funds for programs included in the School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant from fiscal years prior to 2005-06 must be used according to the laws governing the original appropriation of such funds.
Questions:   Stephanie Papas | spapas@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8441
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