School Improvement

Stronger Connections Grant

Published: 3/16/2023 11:40 AM

The Stronger Connections Grant (SCG) Program is intended to support evidence-based school safety and climate plans, along with other evidence-based strategies for creating safe, healthy, and supportive schools.​

​SCG Program Summary​​​

​On June 25, 2022, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), which provides $1 billion in funding to state educational agencies (SEAs) to be distributed under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The BSCA specifies that SEAs must make competitive sub grants​ to high-need local educational agencies (LEAs), as determined by the SEA, for activities to support safe and healthy students under section 4108​ of the ESEA. The U.S. Department of Education has designated BSCA section 4108 funds as the Stronger Connections grant program to distinguish it from the regular Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program, which funds a broader range of activities.

How to Apply

“High-Need LEAs,” as defined in the Request for Application (RFA), are invited to apply and can access information about applying on the Competitive Grants from KDE webpage. Any questions related to this opportunity should be directed to​.​


KDE Request for Proposals
Office of Finance and Operations
Division of Budget and Financial Management
300 Sower Blvd.
Frankfort, KY. 40601
(502) 564-2351

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