Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities_National Programs

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; and to support mentoring programs for at-risk children.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects that develop and implement a "Safe Schools/Healthy Students" model designed to comprehensively address multiple factors that predispose youth to drug use and violence.

Project that support local educational agencies and higher education institutions in improving and refining their emergency management plans.

Projects to reduce alcohol use by high school students.

Mentoring programs for children who are at risk of educational failure, dropping out of school, or involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong role models.

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.

Drug and violence prevention programs for college students.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007 the Department made 655 new or continuation grant awards to local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and private organizations. In FY 2008, approximately 647 awards are expected.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects funded under this program support alcohol abuse reduction, mentoring drug and violence prevention and education, and school emergency preparedness activities.

The Secretary may fund applications that address specific priorities and requirements published in the Federal Register.

Maintenance of effort provisions apply to local educational agencies (LEAs); an LEA may receive a grant only if its State educational agency finds that either the combined fiscal effort per student or the aggregate expenditures of the LEA and the State with respect to the provision of free public education by the LEA for the preceding fiscal year was not less than 90 percent of the combined fiscal effort or aggregate expenditures for the second preceding fiscal year.

All grantees must use an indirect cost rate that is consistent with the provisions in 34 CFR 75.560 through 75.564.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private organizations, and individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Higher education institutions, State educational agencies (SEAs), Local educational agencies (LEAs), and nonprofits will benefit, as will students, teachers, and parents.


Contact the headquarters for credential/documentation requirements.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication 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 Procedures

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

Award Procedures

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


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


Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, as amended, Sections 4121, 4122, 4129, and 4130, 20 U.S.C. 7131, 7132,7139, and 7140.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The estimated amount of time needed to approve/disapprove an application is five months following the application deadline date.




Contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula and no matching requirements.

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


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


Audit requirements are found in Part 74 of EDGAR.


As required by EDGAR, 34 CFR 75.730-734.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $230,929,000; FY 08 est $218,632,000; and FY 09 est $181,963,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available -- varies by competition.

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, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, 99, and 299).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-6123. Contact: William Modzeleski. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 260-3954.

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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