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Title IV, Part A: Student Support & Academic Enrichment (SSAE)

Stronger Connections Grant Program

What is the Stronger Connections Grant Program?

The Stronger Connections Grant (SCG) is a new federally-funded program authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, to provide students with safer and healthier learning environments.

Florida was awarded $53,737,824.00, and these funds must be provided to high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) through a competitive process to fund activities authorized under Section 4108 of ESEA.

High-need LEA

Florida will define a high-need LEA as one with a high percentage, 40% or higher, of students identified as economically disadvantaged AND high rates of chronic absenteeism, 20% or higher, within two subgroups, Students with Disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs).

We appreciate any feedback regarding Florida’s high-need LEA definition for the Stronger Connections Grant Program.

Comments must be submitted to the Bureau of Federal Educational Programs Title IV, Part A program at no later than January 27, 2023.

Stronger Connections Resources

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act – Stronger Connections Grant Program