Office of Grants Management
ENTITLEMENT GRANTS - Phone: (609)777-1483
Fiscal Year 2002
Program Description and Eligibility
On Monday, September 17, 2001, President Bush and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced a $1.5 million grant to New Jersey that supports grief and trauma counseling and other services for students and educators in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. Grants are available to all local education agencies/charter schools (LEAs) impacted by the terrorist attacks for trauma response to help members of their school communities. The grant provides for immediate funds from the U.S. Department of Education as part of its Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV). The President announced what will be the first step in the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to help students, families and teachers in the area who have been deeply impacted by the terrorist attacks.
Project SERV is intended to provide education-related services to LEAs in which the learning environment has been disrupted due to violent or traumatic events. LEAs receiving funds must demonstrate that the learning environment has been disrupted as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Requests for funds may exceed the available award; therefore, selection will be based upon the level of impact and may be ratably reduced in a fair and equitable manner. Project SERV funds must be in addition to costs the LEA would have incurred in the absence of this crisis. The funds are available to meet the immediate needs of the students in these LEAs, as well as their longer-term crisis response needs.
Allowable Activities under Project SERV
Activities and costs that are reasonable, necessary, essential and are intended to restore a sense of safety and security; activities intended to assist the victims/students understand the dynamics of victimization and stabilize their lives; and activities that assist LEA's in managing the practical problems created by the traumatic event that have produced an undue hardship upon the LEA.
The following are types of services:
Unallowable Activities under Project SERV
The Project SERV application and directions are available on the NJDOE web site: www.state.nj.us/education (Select Grants; Select Entitlement Grants; Select Project SERV) LEA board of education approval for application submission has been waived by the NJDOE.
The project period for Project SERV is from September 11, 2001 to August 31, 2002.
Submission and Due Date
LEAs must submit one copy of the application by fax only (609-777-1051) to the Office of Grants Management and Development and one copy to your county office of education by October 15, 2001. Late applications will not be accepted.
The expedited application process may require that LEAs convene a special LEA Board of Education meeting to approve the Project SERV award and to act on the "Grant Acceptance Certificate" (GAC). This will ensure a timely disbursement of Project SERV funds. The Project SERV GAC must be received by the Office of Grants Management by November 12, 2001.