The Project Prevent Grant Program provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to increase their capacity to help schools in communities with pervasive violence to better address the needs of affected students and to break the cycle of violence.
Project Prevent grants will enable LEAs to increase their capacity to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to pervasive violence, helping to ensure that affected students are offered mental health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs; and implement other school-based violence prevention strategies in order to reduce the likelihood that these students will later commit violent acts.
Absolute Priority Areas Include:
- Access to school-based counseling services, or referrals to community-based counseling services, for assistance in coping with trauma or anxiety.
- School-based social and emotional supports for students to help address the effects of violence.
- Conflict resolution and other school- based strategies to prevent future violence.
- A safer and improved school environment, which may include, among others, activities to decrease the incidence of harassment, bullying, violence, gang involvement, and substance abuse.