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Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Well Legislative Grant Opportunities 

There is no single funding structure that supports all activities, support, and services that are provided in schools or districts to address SEL and mental health wellbeing. Agency of Education staff are available for consultation to support braiding the funds available to a school or district to reach their SEL and mental health goals for their students: individual student classroom, school, and district levels. 

Options for Funding Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health Supports for School Districts - This resource is intended to provide a high-level overview of the different federal, state, and local funding options that can be considered when a need for an activity, support, or service is identified to address SEL, mental health, and wellness in a school or district. 

Act 67 - Community Schools - Community Schools serve as resource hubs that provide a broad range of easily accessed well-coordinated supports and services that help students and families with increasingly complex needs. Grantees’ programs are supporting Vermont schools and community partners to develop, expand, and sustain a community school model that demonstrates five pillars: integrated student supports, expanded and enriched learning time and opportunities, active family and community engagement, collaborative leadership and practices, and safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments. Contact: Jess.Decarolis@vermont.gov 

Act 112 - Mental Health and Wellbeing to Youth – Grantees in this two-year program are utilizing a tiered-support approach to ensure continuous support to children and youth in a variety of settings, including supervisory union and district-wide, in-school, community technical education centers, and afterschool, by providing grants to expand existing school-based counseling services in underserved districts of the State; or develop either school-based or community-based afterschool programs, operating in a variety of settings outside the school day and over the summer, including before and after school, in-service days, and school vacation week, that support the mental health and wellness needs of students, families, and staff. Contact: Tracy.Watterson@vermont.gov 

BEST/Act 230 - BEST funds are intended for training and professional learning to support teachers, administrators, and other personnel in creating equitable, rigorous learning environments for students with emotional and behavioral needs. Act 230 funds are intended for the training of teachers, administrators, and other personnel in the provision of education services to students who require educational support for academics and/or social/emotional/behavioral. Contact: Laura.Greenwood@vermont.gov 

Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency Education) 2023 - The purpose of the program is to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and services. Grantees will build collaborative partnerships with the State Education Agency (SEA), Local Education Agency (LEA), Tribal Education Agency (TEA), the State Mental Health Agency (SMHA), community-based providers of behavioral health care services, school personnel, community organizations, families, and school-aged youth. Participating LEA and local designated mental health agency: Barre UUSD and Washington County Mental Health; Caledonia Central SU and Northeast Kingdom Human Services; and Southwest Vermont SU and United Counseling Services. Contact: Tracy.Watterson@vermont.gov 

Stronger Connections - As part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), Congress authorized $1 billion in formula funding under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to state educational agencies (SEAs). Grantees are providing students with safer and healthier learning environments. Contact: Beth.Keister@vermont.gov