Districts, Schools and Educators

Social Emotional Learning Communities of Practice – FY20 – State Competitive Grant

The Minnesota Department of Education makes this funding available to support suicide prevention through schoolwide social emotional learning (SEL), which supports meaningful relationships, coping skills and safe and supportive communities. Schoolwide SEL integrates academic, social and emotional learning across all school contexts and promotes equitable outcomes for all students. MDE invites Minnesota school districts and charter schools to apply to the Social Emotional Learning Communities of Practice in order to build knowledge and capacity to install, implement and sustain schoolwide SEL.

  • Publication Date: January 3, 2020
  • Due Date: February 14, 2020
  • Total amount available: $745,000 ($372,500 for FY20 and $372,500 for FY21)
  • Maximum grant amount: $37,250 ($18,625 for FY20 and $18,625 for FY21)
  • Submit all required material to mde.compgrants@state.mn.us by February 14, 2020, by 3:30 p.m. Central Time


  • Grant opportunity published: January 3, 2020
  • Question and Answer period closes: February 5, 2020
  • Question and Answer document published after: February 10, 2020
  • Completed applications due: February 14, 2020
  • Anticipated date of grantee announcement: By the end of March 2020
  • Anticipated date for the beginning of the grant: April 20, 2020

Required Grant Documentation

All documentation below is required for a complete grant.

Instruction Document

  • This document contains all the information you will need to complete this grant application, including our criteria for the grant, how to apply, and the selection process.

Grant Cover Sheet and Application

  • This is the official cover sheet and application. Please download and complete all fields. All completed applications must be sent to mde.compgrants@state.mn.us by February 14, 2020 by 3:30 p.m. Central Time. We will not consider late applications.


  • You must complete the budget document and submit it to us in an Excel format.

Question and Answers

If you have any questions about this grant, please contact the program specialist Sabrina Winkleman at sabrina.winkleman@state.mn.us or 651-582-8610. Questions may only be answered by this person. All questions must be submitted by February 5, 2020. We will publish a list of all the questions that we received after February 10, 2020.

  • Please check back after February 10, 2020 for a complete list of questions and answers that were asked by the submission deadline.

Informational Webinar

We will be holding an informational webinar on January 14, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. Central Time. This webinar will go over the criteria for the grant. We will not be recording this webinar, but we will publish all questions and their corresponding answers in the question and answer document.

Meeting number: 966 345 275

Meeting password: 1234ABC