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Project SERV

Information about Project SERV grant funding.

Funding Source

U.S. Department of Education

Program Description

Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) funding may be used to reimburse local education agencies (LEAs) for some of the expenses incurred in order to quickly reopen schools, such as hiring substitute teachers and renting vans to transport students from temporary housing to school. Activities and costs are considered allowable if they: are directly related to the impact of the November 2018 California wildfires, are considered necessary to restore the learning environment, and cannot be funded by any other recovery funding or insurance reimbursement. Funding may not be used for permanent items, such as textbooks, computers and construction. Funding may also not be used for air quality testing, soot and smoke damage abatement, purchases of air masks, replacement of air filters, or resetting of smoke or security alarm systems.

Examples of services allowable under Project SERV:

  • Targeted mental health assessments, referrals and services
  • Overtime for teachers, counselors, law enforcement, security officers, and other staff
  • Substitute teachers
  • Labor costs needed to repair the learning environment
  • Costs to transport students to temporary facilities or from temporary housing
  • Costs to operate a school at an alternative site

Allocation

To be determined, and based on the requests from LEAs and availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Education.  

Eligible Recipients

Local education agencies (LEAs) (which include: local school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools), nonpublic schools, and private schools. 

Application Process

Information about Project SERV grant funding related to the wildfires in November 2018.

On behalf of impacted LEAs, the CDE has applied for a Project SERV grant from the U.S. Department of Education related to the November 2018 wildfires. LEAs must complete a LEA Needs Assessment form listing their allowable expenses they hope to be reimbursed for. Needs assessments are due to emergencyservices@cde.ca.gov on December 19, 2018.

Project SERV - Oct 2017 Incident

Information about Project SERV grant funding related to the wildfires in October 2017.

Hundreds of thousands of students, families, and school communities were impacted by the wildfires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties in October 2017. On behalf of impacted local educational agencies (LEAs) the California Department of Education (CDE) applied for and received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV). Project SERV funding may be used to reimburse LEAs for some of the expenses incurred in order to quickly reopen schools, such as hiring substitute teachers and renting vans to transport students from temporary housing to school. Interested LEAs and private/nonpublic schools submitted applications to the CDE in December 2017. Funding and reimbursement information was distributed to qualified applicants in July 2018.

Resources

Interested LEAs must submit a needs assessment (PDF) by December 19, 2018, emergencyservices@cde.ca.gov in order to be considered in the CDE’s Project SERV application.

Project SERV Webinar slides (PDF)

LEA Needs Assessment for Project SERV (PDF)

U.S. Department of Education Project SERV web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Questions:   Jeffrey Reyes| EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0327
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 31, 2019
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