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Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP)

Grants to California K-12 Local Education Agencies for Truancy
and Dropout Prevention Programs for High-Risk Students

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Department of Education (CDE)

Conf. Date:

03/04/21

LOI Date:

03/12/21

Deadline Date:

03/26/21 Postmarked and Submission by Email

Description:

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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:

  • Increasing attendance rates and reducing chronic absenteeism
  • Increasing graduation rates and decreasing dropout rates
  • Reducing suspensions, expulsions, and other school removals
  • Reducing referrals of students to law enforcement agencies
  • Reducing the number of criminal offenses committed by district students
  • Improving academic performance
  • Integrating school and community services with district efforts
  • Improving school climate
  • Improving outcomes for vulnerable populations

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:

  • Implement/maintain attendance improvement or chronic absenteeism plans.
  • Implement restorative practices or restorative justice models.
  • Implement activities that advance social-emotional learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), culturally responsive practices, or trauma-informed strategies.
  • Establish/implement partnerships with community-based organizations to support the implementation of evidence-based, non-punitive practices.
  • Increase or reallocate staffing to address district LCAP objectives.
  • Implement academic interventions, tutoring, or mentoring programs.
  • Establish or expand Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), access to health services, drug and alcohol interventions, or mental health services.
  • Establish school climate interventions, case management practices, family/parent engagement strategies, or gang prevention programs.
  • Establish or expand family and community engagement activities that increase home to school partnerships for student success.
  • Establish/support community schools that participate in community-based efforts to coordinate and integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services at a school site to pupils, families, and community members (EC sections 33432[a][1] and 33435[a]).

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184584

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$27,171,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

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)

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant agencies are limited to LEAs within the State of California that serve students in K–12, inclusive. This includes school districts, all charter schools, and county offices of education (COEs) in their role as providers of direct student services in COE-operated schools.

All applicants and consortium members must have a CDE-assigned County/District/School (CDS) identification code and must be classified as an active LEA by the CDE.

Funding Priorities - Priority will be given to an LEA that meets any of the following criteria:

- Has a high rate (i.e. exceeding the state average) of chronic absenteeism, out-of-school suspension, or school dropout for (1) the general pupil population or (2) for a numerically significant pupil subgroup as identified in the LEAS's LCAP.
- Is in a community with a crime rate that exceeds the state average.
- Has a significant representation (i.e. 15 or more enrolled students) of foster youth among its pupil enrollment.

Multiple LEAs may choose to form a consortium submitting a single application. LEAs are encouraged to form a program consortium when the resulting program efficiencies facilitate program success for each consortium member. If multiple LEAs choose to apply as a consortium, each consortium member must be identified as a priority LEA according to the criteria stated above. For more information about consortium applications, see page 6 of the RFA in the Supporting Documents section below.

Individual schools are not eligible to apply. Only the LEA may apply on behalf of a school or schools within the LEA’s jurisdiction.

Community agencies, private schools, individual public schools, and state special schools are not eligible to apply for a LCSSP grant. They may, however, participate as a grant partner.

Grant funds are intended to complement and enhance existing programs and must not be used to supplant other local or state funds now being used for existing staff or activities. Funds cannot be transferred to any other program account.

Funds may not be used for:

- Law enforcement activities, including personnel or equipment.
- Expenditures for land, buildings, or other intangible capital assets, including items acquired through leases with option to purchase and capitalized equipment costs in excess of $5,000. Applicants are encouraged to review Procedure 770, Distinguishing between Supplies and Equipment, in the California School Accounting Manual (CSAM) for further discussion regarding capitalized equipment, noncapitalized equipment, and supplies. This manual can be downloaded from Supporting Documents below.
- Telephone systems, fax machines, and telephones, including cell phones and landlines.
- Purchase of vehicles.
- Out-of-state travel to Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, and Idaho. Before planning out-of-state travel, please email the Career and College Transition Division to ensure the proposed state conference is allowable.
- Childcare—possible exceptions are allowed, with evidence that the provision of childcare is necessary to implement a programmatic intervention strategy or training event conducted beyond normal school hours or off site for students, staff, or parents.
- Clothing.
- Food—possible exceptions are allowed, with evidence that the provision of food is necessary to implement a programmatic intervention strategy or training event conducted beyond normal school hours or off site for students, staff, or parents.
- Preparation, delivery, and travel costs associated with the application.
- Other more specific prohibitions included in the grant terms found in the General Assurances in Section V (Assurances).

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar for prospective applicants is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Any LEA interested in applying may participate. The webinar will provide information regarding the application and the application process. It will point out items that have disqualified applicants in previous cohorts and will address as many questions as possible submitted during the webinar.

To sign up for the webinar and receive the required login information, send an email with “Webinar” in the subject line.

Pre-Application Information:

Timetable of Due Dates:

- February 10, 2021: RFA released and posted on the CDE website.
- March 4, 2021: Webinar for prospective applicants.
- March 12, 2021: Intent to Submit form must be emailed.
- March 26, 2021: A signed original application packet must be mailed and postmarked to HSIIO no later than March 26, 2021, and a scanned copy must be emailed.
- April 30, 2021: Grantees Announced
- May 14, 2021: Grant appeals are due by email and hard copy due to CDE must be received by May 14, 2021.

LEAs may submit only one application per funding cycle.

There is a match requirement for this grant program. Each LEA grant recipient must provide a local contribution of matching expenditures or services equal to at least 20 percent of the total grant award. The local contribution can be from cash expenditures or in-kind contributions. The matching funds or services must be identified in the application and constitute at least a 20 percent match in each year of the grant. An LEA is encouraged to exceed the 20 percent match requirement to enable the LEA to sustain the activities or programs supported by the grant beyond the three-year grant period.

Additional Information: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/schoolsuccess.asp
Request for Applications and List of Documents: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r17/lcsspcohort5.asp
FAQs: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf/c8/documents/prop47faqs.asp
Program Description: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r8/documents/lcsspprojdes.asp

Contact Information:

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:

LCSSP Grant
Career and College Transition Division
High School Innovations and Initiatives Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Program questions:
Pete Callas
916-319-0669
LCSSP@cde.ca.gov

Fiscal questions:
Cindy Rose
916-319-0475
LCSSP@cde.ca.gov

Career & College Transition Division
916-319-0893 (phone)
916-319-0168 (fax)

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