Issue Brief 22-14
September 23, 2022

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) provided $1 billion for formula grants to states, which will then be provided as competitive grants to high-need local education agencies (LEAs) to support safe and healthy students. The Department of Education (ED) is calling the program the Stronger Connections Grant Program and has released state allocations and requirements for it.

This brief summarizes allowed activities, priorities, and requirements for the program and provides state allocations. The grants are meant to support activities that promote student wellbeing in equitable ways and engage families and communities in that work.