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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

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. providing developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs, not otherwise provided through federal, state, or local funding for homeless preschool children;

  4. providing services and assistance to attract, engage, and retain homeless students, particularly those that are not enrolled in school, in public school programs and services provided to housed students;

  5. 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;

  6. collaborating with external agencies to provide homeless students and families with medical, dental, mental health, and other community and state services;

  7. providing for the meaningful involvement of homeless parents/guardians in their student's education;

  8. providing violence prevention counseling, referrals to counseling and/or address the needs of homeless students who are domestic violence survivors;

  9. providing supplies to non-school facilities and adapting these facilities to enable them to provide services; and

  10. 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 homeless students may apply as a consortium.

Applicant LEAs must include collaboration with community-based organizations through a local Homeless Education Service Coordination Committee or other established local committee or council addressing homelessness.
Funding: Fund Code: 310-A grants will be awarded for one year; subject to budget appropriation.

Approximately $780,000 is available.

Using 2015/2016 year to date homeless student enrollment data LEAs/consortia should submit applications based on the following funding levels:
  1. $60,000: 2,000 or more enrolled homeless students
  2. $55,000: 1,000 or more enrolled homeless students
  3. $50,000: 700 or more enrolled homeless students
  4. $40,000: 400 or more enrolled homeless students
  5. $30,000: 200 or more enrolled homeless students
  6. $20,000: 100 or more enrolled homeless students
  7. $10,000: 50 or more enrolled homeless students

DESE 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 transportation costs that are required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Other transportation costs may not exceed 10% of the grant.
Project Duration: 9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017
Program Unit: Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Contacts:
Sarah Slautterback, State Coordinator
(781) 338-6330
Elizabeth Harris
(781) 338-6310
Date Due: Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016.
Required Forms:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
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Part III — Required Program Information
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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Activity Form
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McKinney-Vento Budget Narrative
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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. attend grantee meetings twice a year; and

  3. provide an end-of-year report.

Submission Instructions:
  1. Email one (1) complete set of all required documents including signed MOUs to eharris@doe.mass.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016.

    and

  2. Submit one (1) copy each of Part I-General-Program Unit Signature Page and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Assurances both with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director (or others as indicated) where required and postmarked no later than Friday May 27, 2016.
    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: March 28, 2016
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