US Department of Education Awards $8 Million in Project SERV Grants to Hurricane-Impacted States, Territories

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US Department of Education

November 9, 2017
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US Department of Education Awards $8 Million in Project SERV Grants to Hurricane-Impacted States, Territories

WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department of Education has awarded the Texas Education Agency a $2.0 million Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant and plans to award $2.0 million SERV grants to the Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Departments of Education.

“The victims of these hurricanes remain in our constant thoughts and prayers, but as I continue to visit the many impacted schools, I am heartened and in awe of those who are working around the clock to ensure our nation’s children are able to get back to class as quickly as possible,” said Secretary DeVos.  “While Project SERV grants are but a small part of this Administration’s overall recovery and rebuilding efforts, they provide much-needed funds to help schools become operational again.  As these funds are distributed, the Department of Education will remain a partner in the long road to recovery ahead.”

Project SERV funds can be used by local education agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them recover from violent or traumatic events in which the learning environment has been disrupted. The Project SERV grants will complement Federal, state and local recovery efforts to restore the learning environment.

The following are types of services allowable under Project SERV:

  • Targeted mental health assessments, referrals and services related to the traumatic event with the goal of restoring victims/survivors to their pre-incident levels of functioning
  • Overtime for teachers, counselors, law enforcement and security officers and other staff
  • Substitute teachers and other staff as necessary
  • Emergency transportation
  • Technical assistance on developing an appropriate response to crisis
  • Transportation and other costs to operate school at an alternative site
  • Temporary security measures 

To date, the Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded approximately $49.7 million to 148 grantees since the grants program began in 2001. 

To view a list of Project SERV grantees and award amounts, or to learn more about the program, visit