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Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) Stronger Connections Grant Program

Purpose and Funding

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The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) was signed into law by President Biden on June 25, 2022. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) was allocated $12.5 million to administer a BSCA Stronger Connections competitive grant to high-need Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to support safe and healthy students under section 4108 of the ESEA.

The purpose of the BSCA Stronger Connections Grant is to support WDPI and eligible LEAs to establish safe, healthy, and supportive learning opportunities and environments for students.

LEAs awarded the BSCA Stronger Connections Grant are encouraged to utilize these grant funds to implement comprehensive, evidence-based strategies that meet each student’s social, emotional, physical, and mental well-being needs; create positive, inclusive, and supportive school environments; and increase access to place-based interventions and services. LEAs participating in this grant will engage in local decision making and meaningful consultation with educators, staff, students, parents, families, and community members on allowable uses of funds to be used for activities that foster safe, healthy, supportive, and drug free environments and support students’ academic achievement.

Stronger Connections Grant Competition

Wisconsin DPI is pleased to announce the Stronger Connections Grant for eligible high need Local Education Agencies (LEAs). 

The Stronger Connections Grant application period is currently closed.

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