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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Emergency Impact Aid Assistance for Homeless Children and Youth

Fund Code: 314


The purpose of these federal funds is to provide assistance to districts to support the needs of homeless students displaced during the 2017-2018 school year by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria or the 2017 California wildfires (covered disaster or emergency).


These funds prioritize activities consistent with Section 723 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to support the education of homeless students displaced by a covered disaster or emergency through high quality programming in any or all of the following:

  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.


Any Massachusetts public school district that has enrolled a student that lost housing in a covered disaster or emergency during the 2017-2018 school year, and was awarded funds under Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Fund Code (FC) 312 Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students. Amounts for which districts are eligible are based on the number of homeless, displaced students reported in 2017-2018.

See the Eligible Districts and Amounts spreadsheet in the Additional Information section below.

If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guidelines as listed in the initial RFP document.

Funding Type:

Federal USED CFDA 84.938


Approximately $335,000 is available.

Fund Use:

Funds are to assist districts serving homeless children and youth displaced by a covered disaster or emergency in order to address the educational and related needs of these students in a manner consistent with section 723 of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

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 displaced by a covered disaster or emergency.

Grant funds cannot be used to pay for food, 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 approva – 8/31/2019

Program Unit:

Office of Student and Family Support


Sarah Slautterback, Homeless Education State Coordinator

Phone Number:

(781) 338-6330

Date Due:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Unclaimed funds will be redistributed to eligible districts that apply on or before the application due date.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — Standard Contract Form
Download Word Document
Budget — The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.
Download Word Document
Budget Narrative

Additional Information:
Download Excel Document
Eligible Districts and Amounts


Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants

In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

FY19 Fund Code 314 Student and Family Support Applicant Name

All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature as well as the Grand Assurances. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.

Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

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