California Department of Education (CDE)
03/26/21 Postmarked and Submission by Email
Grants to California K-12 school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education for programs to reduce school absenteeisim and dropout rates. An Intent to Submit must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support activities that keep at-risk students in school, such as restorative justice, social-emotional learning, PBIS, culturally responsive practices, and trauma-informed strategies.
The goals of the Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) are to support evidence-based, non-punitive programs and practices aimed at keeping the state’s most vulnerable pupils in school. These programs and practices must complement and enhance the actions and services identified to meet the LEA’s goals as provided in their LCAP.
Goals most commonly addressed through the LCSSP grant include, but are not limited to:
The LCSSP allows for a wide variety of programs and strategies to address the needs of vulnerable students. Statutory language identifies several allowable programs, including, but not limited to:
School-based, community-based, or public and private partnerships providing direct or Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) such as those described above, which provide prevention, early intervention, and intensive intervention, may be funded through the LCSSP grant. Programs and strategies supported by the LCSSP grant must address the needs and challenges experienced by students of any age who are at risk of chronic absenteeism, habitual truancy, or dropping out of school.
For examples of programs linking LCSSP focused Goal and Activities see pages 3-4 of the RFA in the Supporting Documents section below.
For a list of allowable grant fund expenditures, see page 11 of the RFA in the Supporting Documents section below.
GrantWatch ID#: 184584
Funded applicants may receive up to $50 per year per student enrolled in the LEA in accordance with the following minimum/maximum funding levels for the 3-year period:
- For LEAs with 100 or less enrolled: Minimum of $15,000 ($5,000 per year)
- For LEAs with 101 or more enrolled: Maximum of $2,000,000 ($666,666 per year)
Individual LCSSP grants will be for three years. However, LCSSP three-year grants will be approved each year. Each year represents a separate funding cycle with a cohort representing those grants approved in any single cycle/year for a three-year grant period. At the end of the three-year grant period, LEAs will be expected to demonstrate measurable improvement in areas specifically identified in the LEA’s LCSSP grant application.
Cohort 5 grant period begins July 1, 2021, and ends June 30, 2024.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please email the Intent to Submit form to the California Department of Education at LCSSP@cde.ca.gov.
A signed original application packet must be mailed and postmarked to HSIIO, and an emailed scanned copy to LCSSP@cde.ca.gov.
Mail applications to:
Career and College Transition Division
High School Innovations and Initiatives Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
Career & College Transition Division
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