Funds Available for Mental Health Programs in Schools

Children’s Institute, Inc. invites school districts, public or private elementary schools, charter schools, other public agencies, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to submit letters of intent for funding the implementation of Primary Project in New York State beginning the 2013-2014 school year. Fiscal support is contingent on funds received from New York State.

A maximum of $15,000/year per school site is available for up to two schools in a district ($30,000 maximum per district) for the first year. It is the intent to support programs for a three-year period with a declining grant award in years two and three (no more than 75% of year one and no more than 50% of year one respectively). In years two and three, schools must maintain the same level of child associate time as outlined in the application.

Funds may not be used for programs that are implementing Primary Project during the 2012-2013 school year. Funds may be used to expand the project to new schools in a district, contingent upon maintenance of effort in the existing school(s).

Web-based information sessions will be held in January 2013 for those interested in submitting a Letter of Intent. These sessions will provide more extensive information regarding Primary Project, including funding, staffing, and key variables which lead to successful implementation of the program. In order to submit a Letter of Intent,

a representative from your district/agency must be part of one of the web-based informational meetings. Recommended representatives may include the mental health professional (school psychologist, social worker, or counselor) and building administrator.

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