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Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV)

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Under the SERV grant the Department provides short-term support shortly after a traumatic event to affected LEAs or IHEs. At the discretion of the Secretary, funding amounts and project periods may be identified (subject to the availability of appropriations) to reflect the scope of the incident and potential recovery needs.

SERV grants are intended to provide short-term support shortly after a traumatic event. These grants are intended to provide a limited amount of funds to meet acute needs and restore the learning environment. The application process is not intended to be burdensome. Typically, applications include a narrative of about 4-5 pages and contain the following information:

  1. Description of the school district (i.e., small, rural district with enrollment of X students, demographic information, etc.)
  2. Description of the incident.
  3. Description of the impact the incident has had on the learning environment.
    1. Please include, as much as possible, data which reflects this impact, e.g. increased student/faculty absences, increased visits to nurse/school counselor/psychologist, etc.
    2. Please display data in pre vs. post incident format, whenever possible
  4. Explanation of proposed activities designed to restore the learning environment
    1. Please clearly stipulate roles and responsibilities of personnel offering services, wherever applicable
    2. Please include proposed end date of grant award
  5. Budget and budget narrative
    1. Wherever applicable, please distinguish between reimbursement and prospective expenses.

Reporting: Successful applicants are required to document project activities and outcomes of their Project SERV grant and to submit a final report documenting the effectiveness of the programs and activities funded under their grant.

For further information and a description of the selection criteria for the extended service grants please contact

Last Modified: 10/31/2018