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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students

Fund Code: 312


The purpose of these federal funds is to provide assistance to districts to cover the costs associated with educating students displaced* to Massachusetts during the 2017-2018 school year by the Hurricanes in August-September 2017 (Harvey, Irma, or Maria) or by the 2017 California wildfires (covered disaster or emergency).


To support the 2017-2018 educational costs and related needs of students displaced by a covered disaster and enrolled in a Massachusetts public or non-public school.


Any Massachusetts public school district that has enrolled at least one student displaced by a covered disaster or emergency during the 2017-2018 school year, or that has a local non-public school that enrolled at least one student displaced by a covered disaster (see purpose section for the covered disasters).

Funding Type:

Federal - CFDA # 84.938


Total funding amounts will be determined by the United States Department of Education (USED). Funding will be determined by the USED based on the number of students displaced by a covered disaster or emergency and enrolled in Massachusetts public and non-public schools. Estimated per pupil amounts are as follows:

  • $10,000 for displaced students with disabilities
  • $9,000 for displaced students who are English learners
  • $8,500 for all other displaced students

Period of Funding Availability under the Emergency Impact Aid program: Districts must obligate funds received under this program by December 31, 2018 for expenses incurred during the 2017 - 2018 school year.

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Fund Use:

Funds are to assist districts and non-public schools with covering the 2017-2018 school year costs associated with educating students displaced by a covered disaster or emergency.

Project Duration:

Upon approval – December 31, 2018*

*See Funding section above for more details.

Program Unit:

Office of Student and Family Support


Phone Number:


Date Due:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Applications should be received by the Department no later than 5:00 PM on the date due, however will be accepted through Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Application and Assurances

Additional Information:

Students Attending Non-Public Schools: Districts are required to identify eligible students who are attending non-public schools located within their boundaries. Districts must use the Non-Public School Certification and Parent Application forms. These forms must be kept in the district for audit purposes.

Download Word Document
Certification by Non-Public Schools for 2018 Temporary Emergency Impact Aid
Download Word Document
Parent or Guardian Temporary Emergency Impact Aid Application

Updated Data Submission: By June 15, 2018 districts will be required to submit updated/final student counts for final reporting to USED and for the purposes of the state's reimbursement program. More details will be provided prior to the data submission due date.


Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (at the latest May 18, 2018). Include a signed, scanned PDF of each form that requires a signature.

Upon Award: Once DESE has been notified by USED of funding amounts, recipients will be notified. Recipients will then be required to enter an approved budget, Part I in EdGrants. Recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

*Displaced Students (the students for whom a [State Education Agency] may receive payments) are students who:

  • on the date that is one week prior to the date that the major disaster or emergency was declared for the area, resided in an area for which the Federal Government later declared a major disaster or emergency related to a covered disaster or emergency; and
  • as a result of their displacement by a covered disaster or emergency, are enrolled in an elementary school or secondary school other than the school that the student was enrolled in, or was eligible to be enrolled in, on the date that is one week prior to the date that the major disaster or emergency was declared for the area. (Definition from USED)

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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