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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

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 addressing any or all of the following priorities:
  1. designed to raise awareness throughout the district and community;
  2. tutoring, supplemental instruction, and other educational services that help homeless students close proficiency gaps;
  3. developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs, not otherwise provided through federal, state, or local funding for homeless preschool children;
  4. 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. meaningful involvement of homeless parents/guardians in their student's education;
  8. violence prevention counseling, referrals to counseling and/or address the needs of homeless students who are domestic violence survivors;
  9. supplies to non-school facilities and adapting these facilities to enable them to provide services; and
  10. extraordinary or emergency services to eligible students as necessary to enroll and retain them in school.
Eligibility: Districts or schools with one hundred (100) or more enrolled homeless students or over 3% of their student body have experienced homelessness.

Two or more LEAs with a combined total of over one hundred enrolled homeless students or over 3% of their combined student bodies 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 Type:Federal CFDA: 84.196

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

Approximately $800,000 is available.

Using 2016-2017 year to date homeless student enrollment data LEAs/consortia should submit applications based on the following funding levels:

2,000 or more enrolled homeless students
1,000 or more enrolled homeless students
700 or more enrolled homeless students
400 or more enrolled homeless students
200 or more enrolled homeless students
100 or more enrolled homeless students
100 or more enrolled homeless students or
more than 3% of the LEA's student body experienced homelessness.

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 transportation costs that are required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Other transportation costs may not exceed 10% of the grant.

Project Duration: Upon Approval (no earlier than 9/1/2017) - 8/31/2018
Program Unit: Office of Student and Family Support
Contacts: Sarah Slautterback, Homeless Education State Coordinator

Date Due: Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by
5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Required Forms:
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.)
Download Word Document
Part III - Required Program Information
Download Word Document
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Activity Form
Download Word Document
McKinney-Vento Budget Narrative
Download 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: Awarded 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: Email one (1) complete set of all required documents including signed MOUs to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget and Part I in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

Last Updated: April 13, 2017
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