ESD/SVP grant program will be awarding projects through public school districts, special act school and not for profit organizations collaborating with public school districts. Priority was given to applicants that included high-need public school districts as defined by districts ranked 1-4 on the Need/Resource Capacity Category Index, or have at least 50 Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. In order for an application to have received priority, at least 50% of the districts included in the application must have been on one of the priority lists.
The primary purpose of the ESD/SVP grant program is to provide a balance of academic enrichment and youth development activities. In addition, violence prevention strategies are utilized and implemented to assist in maintaining a positive school climate. Activities are provided during and after the school day. These activities may include; tutoring in areas of math, reading and science, recreation, student leadership development, peer intervention training, and conflict resolution programs.
State Statute: Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2002