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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant
Fund Code: 310-A

Purpose: The purpose of these federal funds is to provide continuation funding for the third and final year of the current McKinney-Vento Homeless Education three year grant programs that ensure homeless students enroll in school, attend school, and have the opportunity to succeed in school.
Priorities: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act funds support the education of homeless students by addressing any or all of the following priorities:
  1. programming designed to raise awareness throughout the district and community;
  2. tutoring, supplemental instruction, and other educational services that help homeless students close achievement gaps;
  3. before- and after-school programs, mentoring, summer programs for homeless children and youth, and services/assistance to attract, engage, and retain homeless students in these programs;
  4. collaborating with external agencies to provide homeless students and families with medical, dental, mental health, and other community and state services;
  5. providing violence prevention counseling, referrals to counseling and/or address the needs of homeless students who are domestic violence survivors;
  6. providing supplies to non-school facilities and adapting these facilities to enable them to provide services; and
  7. providing extraordinary or emergency services to eligible students as necessary to enroll and retain them in school.
Eligibility: All districts that were awarded a continuation McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant in FY2013 are eligible to apply for FY2014 continuation funding opportunity. This is the final year of the three-year continuation cycle. FY15 grants will be competitive.

Barnstable; Boston; Brockton; Cambridge; Chicopee; Fall River; Fitchburg; Framingham; Holyoke; Lowell; Lynn; Malden; New Bedford; North Adams, Orange; Quincy; Salem; Springfield; Triton Regional; Waltham; Weymouth; and Worcester.

Applicant school districts must include collaboration with community-based organizations through a local Homeless Education Program Services Coordination Committee.
Funding: Subject to budget appropriation, meeting grants requirements, and submission of required documents, Fund Code: 310-A grants will be awarded for a three-year funding cycle. In addition, fluctuations in homeless populations - reported data dropping below the criteria levels above - may necessitate a review of funding eligibility.

Approximately $720,000 is available for the final year of the three-year funding cycle. School districts should submit applications based on the following funding levels:

$60,000: Worcester
$50,000: Boston, Springfield
$40,000: Holyoke, New Bedford, Lynn
$35,000: Chicopee, Fall River, Lowell, Malden, Quincy
$30,000: Brockton, Cambridge, Fitchburg, Framingham, Triton Regional
$20,000: Barnstable, Marshfield, North Adams, Orange, Waltham, Weymouth

ESE reserves the right to alter the award to each funded school district.
Fund Use: Programs can either expand or improve services provided through a school's general academic program but cannot replace that program. To the extent practicable, activities and services are to integrate homeless and non-homeless students.

Districts may provide services through programs on school grounds, at other facilities, or may use funds to enter into contracts with other agencies to provide services for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento funds may provide the same services to housed students to ensure that program activities integrate homeless and non-homeless students.

Grant funds may neither be used to pay for the district's Homeless Education Liaison, a position required in all school districts, nor may they pay for clerical staff support.

Priorities 4, 5, 6, and 7 each should not exceed 10% of the grant.

Transportation costs may not exceed 10% of the grant and may not be used for transportation costs that are required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Project Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
Program Unit: Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Contact: Sarah Slautterback (781) 338-6330 sslautterback@doe.mass.edu
Date Due: Friday, May 31, 2013
Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  McKinney-Vento Budget Narrative
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Assurances
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  McKinney-Vento Grant Assessment/Activity Form
  7. Memorandum of Understanding for the Service Coordination Committee - (to be developed by applicants)
Additional Information: Successful grantees will:
  1. convene a local Homeless Education Program Services Coordination Committee designed to assess the needs and assist in the provision of services to the homeless student population in the district;
  2. provide a mid-year progress report and an annual evaluation; and
  3. attend network meetings twice a year.
Submission Instructions:
  1. Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to sslautterback@doe.mass.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 (NOTE: Signatures are not required on the emailed version.)

    AND
  2. Submit one (1) complete set of all required documents, including an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director (or others as indicated) where required and postmarked by Friday May 31, 2013.

    Mail to:

    Sarah Slautterback
    Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: March 27 2013
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