Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities-State Grants


To offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning, by preventing violence in and around schools and strengthening research based programs that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, involve parents, and are coordinated with related Federal, State, and community efforts and resources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No appropriation was received. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended,.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State Governors; State Education Agencies (SEAs), Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern, Mariana Islands may apply. Organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians for the benefit of Native Hawaiians may also apply under a designated grant competition.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Governorsâ₏™ offices, SEAs, LEAs, Insular Areas, Tribal governments, and other public and private nonprofit organizations (including parent groups, community action agencies, and other community-based organizations); American Indians and Native Hawaiians; and students and teachers in public and private schools in each State.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for 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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Each State must submit to the Department of Education an application covering a 5-year period which is amended as needed.
Award Procedure
Applications from States are reviewed for compliance with the statute. If it is determined that the application meets the statutory requirements, the Assistant Deputy Secretary awards the State its allotment. For the Native Hawaiians program, peer reviewers review and score grantee applications based upon the quality of applications submitted.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The estimated amount of time needed to approve/disapprove a Stateâ₏™s application is approximately sixty days. For the Native Hawaiians Program, approximately sixty days are needed to review and award grants after receipt of application.
Not Applicable.
State applications are amended as needed. Awards are generally made effective July 1 of each calendar year. For the Native Hawaiians Program, continuation grants are negotiated at the time of initial award.
How are proposals selected?
For National Programs, direct grant awards are made through a peer review process where applications are selected based on quality.
How may assistance be used?
Drug prevention programs must convey a clear and consistent message that the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs is wrong and harmful. Generally, funds under the program may not be used for construction, medical services, or drug treatment or rehabilitation. This program is subject to maintenance of effort requirements. In addition, grantees and subgrantees must use an indirect cost rate that is consistent with the provisions in 34 CFR 75.560 through 75.564.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
A report on the programs funded by the State is required by Section 4117 of the Act. Performance reports are required in accordance with 34 CFR 76.720, 80.40, and 80.41. For Native Hawaiians programs, performance reports are required in accordance with 34 CFR 74.51, 74.52, and 75.720. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
In accordance with 34 CFR 76.730, grantees must maintain appropriate records related to grant funds, compliance, and project performance for three years after the completion of activity for which the grant or subgrant funds were used that are sufficient to establish fiscal accountability and to facilitate an effective audit. For the Native Hawaiians program, records retention and access requirements are in accordance with 34 CFR 74.53 and 75.730-732.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: The statutory formula used to determine each Stateâ₏™s allotment is authorized by Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1, Section 4111, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA). This program has maintenance-of-effort requirements; see funding agency for further details. From the total appropriation, 1 percent or $4.75 million (whichever is greater) is reserved for the Outlying Areas, 1 percent or $4.75 million (whichever is greater) is reserved for the DOI Bureau of Indian Education for programs for Indian youth, and 0.2 percent is reserved for programs for Native Hawaiians. The Department allocates the remaining funds by formula to States, half on the basis of school-aged population and half on the basis of State shares of ESEA Title I Concentration Grants funding for the previous year, provided that no State receives less than the greater of: (1) one-half of 1 percent of the total, or (2) the amount it received under the program in fiscal year 2001. Of each Stateâ₏™s allocation, the Governor may elect to administer up to 20 percent of the funds; the remainder is administered by the State educational agency (SEA). The SEA must subgrant at least 93 percent to Local Education Agencies (LEAs). LEA allocations are based 60 percent on ESEA Title I Concentration Grant funding for the preceding year and 40 percent on enrollment.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, State awards are made from July 1 of one year to September 30 of the following year. In addition, funds remain available to States for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure. Grantees draw down funds electronically as needed. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Paul Kesner, Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7889.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 10 $0; FY 11 $0; FY 12 Estimate Not Available - No additional funding is expected for FY 2010 or 2011.

Native Hawaiians Program Grants: FY 2009 - $600,000; FY 2010 - $0 and FY 2011 - $0. No new awards are anticipated.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In 2009 formula allocations to States ranged for $1,423,000 to $35,162,000 and averaged $5,473,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The administration of the formula grants program is governed by statute, EDGAR (34 CFR 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 98 and 99) and non-regulatory guidance. The administration of the Native Hawaiians program is governed by the Statute and EDGAR (34 CFR 74, 75, and 77).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: 224,053,000. Fiscal Year 2011: $224,053,000. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available


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