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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant
Fund Code: 310A

Purpose: The purpose of these competitive federal funds is to provide funding for 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 through high quality programming in 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: LEAs with fifty (50) or more enrolled homeless students.

Two or more LEAs with a combined total of fifty (50) or more enrolled students may apply as a consortium.

Applicant LEAs must include collaboration with community-based organizations through a local Homeless Education Services Coordination Committee or other established local committee or council addressing homelessness.

Funding: Fund Code: 310-A grants will be awarded annually; subject to budget appropriation.

Approximately $720,000 is available.

Using 2012/13 homeless student enrollment data LEAs/consortia should submit applications based on the following funding levels:
$60,000: 2,000 or more enrolled homeless student (Boston, Worcester)
$55,000: 1,000 or more enrolled homeless students (Springfield)
$50,000: 700 or more enrolled homeless students (Lynn)
$40,000: 400 or more enrolled homeless students (Holyoke, New Bedford)
$30,000: 200 or more enrolled homeless students (Brockton, Cambridge, Chicopee, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Lawrence, Quincy, Triton)
$20,000: 100 or more enrolled homeless students (Barnstable, Chelsea, Danvers, Dennis-Yarmouth, Leominster, Lowell, Malden Marshfield, Milford, Revere, Taunton, Triton, Waltham, Weymouth, West Springfield)
$10,000: 50 or more enrolled homeless students (Attleboro, Bedford, Chelmsford, Haverhill, North Adams, Marlborough, Northampton, Randolph, Orange, Somerville, Stoughton)

ESE reserves the right to alter the award to each funded LEA.

Fund Use: Programs can either expand or improve services provided through a school's general academic program but cannot replace that program (supplement not supplant). 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 cannot be used to pay for the district's Homeless Education Liaison, a position required in all school districts, or 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: 9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015
Program Unit: Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Contacts:
Sarah Slautterback, State Coordinator (781) 338-6330 sslautterback@doe.mass.edu
Elizabeth Harris (781) 338-6310 eharris@doe.mass.edu
Date Due: Friday, May 30, 2014.

Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  
Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Part III - Required Program Information
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Activity Form
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
McKinney-Vento Budget Narrative
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Assurances
  
Memorandum of Understanding for the Service Coordination Committee - (to be developed by applicants)
  
Schedule A for LEAs applying as a consortium
Additional Information: Successful grantees will:
  1. convene a local Homeless Education Services Coordination Committee or actively participate in an established local committee/council designed to assess the needs and assist in the provision of services to the homeless student population in the district;

  2. provide an end-of-year progress report; and

  3. attend network meetings twice a year.

Submission Instructions:
  1. Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to eharris@doe.mass.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 (NOTE: Signatures are not required on the emailed version).

    AND

  2. Submit one (1) copy each of Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document Part I-General-Program Unit Signature Page and the Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Assurances both with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director (or others as indicated) where required and postmarked by Friday, May 30, 2014.
    Mail to:

    Elizabeth Harris
    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: April 3, 2014
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