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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant
Fund Code: 310-A

Purpose: The purpose of these competitive federal funds is to support McKinney-Vento Homeless Education 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 by addressing 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: Based on an analysis of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Data reported on the Department's Security Portal, the following school districts have been determined to have enrolled a significant population of homeless students - districts with a minimum number of seventy (70) homeless students ora homeless student rate of 2.75 per cent or more - and therefore form a priority pool of applicants:

Barnstable; Boston; Brockton; Cambridge; Chicopee; Dennis-Yarmouth Regional; Fall River; Fitchburg; Framingham; Holyoke; Lawrence; Leominster, Lowell; Lynn; Malden; Milford; New Bedford; Northampton; North Adams, North Central Charter Essential School; Orange; Peabody, Phoenix Charter Academy; Quincy; Salem; Springfield; Taunton; Triton Regional; Waltham; West Springfield; Westfield, Weymouth; and Worcester.

Applicant school districts must include collaboration with community-based organizations through a local Homeless Education Program Services Coordination Committee.
Note:School districts not listed above may apply but must document a significant population of homeless children and youth and contact Department staff listed below to determine a funding level for their application.
Funding: Subject to budget appropriation, meeting grants requirements, and submission of required documents, Fund Code: 310-A grants will be awarded for a three-year funding cycle. In addition, fluctuations in homeless populations - reported data dropping below the criteria levels above - may necessitate a review of funding eligibility.
Approximately $720,000 is available for year one funding.

School districts should submit applications based on the following funding levels:
$60,000: Worcester
$50,000: Boston, Springfield
$40,000: Holyoke, New Bedford, Lynn
$30,000: Brockton, Cambridge, Fitchburg, Framingham, Triton Regional
$35,000: Chicopee, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Malden, Quincy
$20,000: Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth, Milford, Orange, Taunton, West Springfield, Waltham, Weymouth
$15,000: Leominster, North Adams, North Central Charter Essential School, Northampton, Peabody, Phoenix Charter Academy, Salem, Westfield

ESE reserves the right to alter the award to each funded school district.
Fund Use: Programs can either expand or improve services provided through a school's general academic program but cannot replace that program. 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 may neither be used to pay for the district's Homeless Education Liaison, a position required in all school districts, nor may it pay 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: 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Contact: Peter D. Cirioni (781); Sarah Slautterback (781)
Date Due: Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download Excel Document  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
  3. Download PDF Document Download Word Document   Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF Document Download Word Document   McKinney-Vento Budget Narrative
  5. Download PDF Document Download Word Document   McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Assurances
  6. Download PDF Document Download Word Document   McKinney-Vento Grant Assessment/Activity Form
  7. Memorandum of Understanding for the Service Coordination Committee - (to be developed by applicants)
Additional Information: Successful grantees will:
  1. convene a local Homeless Education Program Services Coordination Committee designed to assess the needs and assist in the provision of services to the homeless student population in the district;
  2. provide a mid-year progress report and an annual evaluation; and
  3. attend network meetings twice a year.
Submission Instructions: Submit three (3) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director. Mail to:

Sarah Slautterback
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 25, 2011
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