The overall goal of the Stronger Connection Grant is to help schools provide all students with safe and supportive learning opportunities and environments that are critical for their success by establishing emergency operations plans, a positive school culture/climate, and prioritizing student wellness.
The Illinois State Board of Education received a total allocation of $40,627,885 for the Stronger Connections Grant program.
On June 25, 2022, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), which provides $1 billion in funding to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to be distributed under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The BSCA specifies that SEAs must make competitive subgrants to high-need local educational agencies (LEAs), as determined by the SEA, for activities to support safe and healthy students under Section 4108 of the ESEA. The department has designated BSCA Section 4108 funds as the Stronger Connections grant program to distinguish it from the regular Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program, which funds a broader range of activities, including activities.
Information coming soon.