P. O. BOX 2120

April 28, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Grant Application for FY 2000-2001 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

 Enclosed you will find the application packet for local school divisions to apply 
for federal funds under Title IV: Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act 
SDFSCA) of 1994.

The purpose of the legislation is to support programs that prevent violence and 
promote school safety; that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; 
involve parents; and are coordinated with related federal, state, and community 
efforts and resources through the provision of federal financial assistance.

It will be necessary for school divisions to submit either a consolidated 
application amendment or an individual application. If the school division elects 
to submit an individual application, the original and two copies of the application 
must be submitted to the Department of Education on or before June 9, 2000.

A draft copy of the application was previously provided to SDFSCA coordinators at 
the statewide Technical Assistance Workshop held in Roanoke, March 28-29, 2000. 
Copies of the draft application were also mailed to coordinators who did not attend 
the workshop.

The applications will undergo a peer review and approval process the week of 
June 19-23, 2000.  Successful applicants will receive notification of approval no 
later than July 7, 2000. 

School divisions were previously notified about the preliminary level of funding 
anticipated for FY 2000-2001.  Additionally, SDFSCA coordinators were provided 
updated information about the preliminary level of funding during the Technical 
Assistance Workshop.  Final notification will be made to school divisions after 
confirmation of final funding has been received from the U.S. Department of 

The 14 school divisions determined to have the "greatest need" for additional funds 
to carry out drug and violence prevention programs will be receiving individual 
letters of notification.

School divisions may request a copy of the application on disk.  The application
may also be downloaded from the Virginia Effective Practices Project website:

To request a copy of the disk or to address questions, please contact Arlene Cundiff
at (804) 225-2871 or James Ashton at (804) 225-2897.



cc:  SDFSCA School Division Contact Persons