P.O. BOX 2120
April 20, 2001
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Grant Application for FY 2001-2002 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994

The purpose of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) federal legislation is to support programs that prevent violence and promote school safety; prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; involve parents; and are coordinated with federal, state, and community efforts and resources.

It will be necessary for school divisions to submit either a consolidated application amendment or an individual application for SDFSCA funds. 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 8, 2001.

The application packet for school divisions to apply for federal funds under Title IV: Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) of 1994 is included as Attachment A.

A draft copy of the application was previously provided to SDFSCA Coordinators at the statewide Technical Assistance Workshop held in Newport News, March 19-21, 2001. Copies of the draft application have been mailed to coordinators who did not attend the workshop.

SDFSCA coordinators were also provided information about the preliminary level of funding at the workshop. Coordinators not in attendance at the workshop were mailed a copy of the preliminary information. Additionally, the preliminary allocation information is included with this memo as Attachment B. Final notification will be made to school divisions after confirmation of final funding has been received from the U.S. Department of Education.

The applications will undergo a peer review and approval process during the week of June 17-22, 2001. Successful applicants will receive notification of approval no later than July 9, 2001.

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 in Word format. 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,