Updates to Tribal Consultation and Private School Consultation Notices: Title VI, Part F – Project SERV Grants


TransACT ParentNotices continually seeks to make improvements to its notifications, tools, and user interface—frequently at the request of our customers. Earlier in 2022, one of our state customers pointed out that we lacked documents to assist with and document the consultation with Tribes and Tribal Organizations (required in ESSA Title VIII, Section 8538) regarding school districts’ provision of federally funded educational services.

A different state customer then notified us of recent guidance for required consultation with officials from Private Schools and Tribes or Tribal Organizations for an additional federal education program, Title IV, Part F – Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence).

Project SERV Overview

Project SERV funds educated-related services for local education agencies to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted. Project SERV grants are awarded from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) directly to school districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs) (no State middleman).

Project SERV grants are discretionary/competitive grants. Discretionary/competitive grants aren’t automatically given to districts or IHEs like federal formula grants. Instead, districts and IHEs must apply for these funds. The USED scores and awards Project SERV grants based on the merits of the grant application. Visit the USED website for more information about Project SERV grants.

Since Project SERV consultation requirements apply to consultation with Private School Officials and Officials from Tribes and Tribal Organizations, TransACT ParentNotices has updated its Private School Consultation and Tribal Consultation notifications to include consultation related to Project SERV when needed.

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Dr. David Holbrook is a nationally recognized leader in federal programs administration and monitoring with expertise in Title I, Title III, Native American Education, and Federal Programs. Dr. Holbrook has also worked as a consultant with Title III of the US Department of Education and now serves as Executive Director, Federal Compliance and State Relationships with TransACT Communications.