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Federal Grant Programs

Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS-II)

A component of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), the ARP Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS-II) program authorized a second round of funding to provide services or assistance to non-public schools to address the impact the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has had and continues to have on the non-public school community. The EANS-II program prioritizes services or assistance to non-public schools that enroll a significant percentage of low-income students and are most impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

Eligibility

Non-public K–12 schools are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are a non-public elementary or secondary school in Massachusetts;
  • Are approved to operate as a non-public school under Massachusetts General Law;
  • Are a non-profit entity in existence prior to March 13, 2020;
  • Did not participate in the second federal Paycheck Protection Program (on or after December 27, 2020). Those who participated in PPP before December 27, 2020, are still eligible; and
  • Serve a low-income student population that is greater than or equal to 25.9% of the total enrollment of the school.

EANS-II Program Requirements

The requirements of ARP EANS are the same as those in section 312(d) of the CRRSA Act with two key exceptions:

  • In accordance with U.S. Ed's ARP EANS guidance, a State educational agency may only provide services or assistance under ARP EANS to non-public schools that enroll a significant percentage of students from low-income families (families at or below 185% of the federal poverty level). U.S. Ed approved a low-income threshold of 25.9% for Massachusetts to use in determining a non-public school's eligibility for EANS-II funding.
  • Unlike EANS-I, EANS-II funds may not be used to provide reimbursements to any non-public school for costs the school incurred to address the impact of COVID-19 emergency.

How to Apply

Applications for the EANS program were due to DESE on Friday, April 8, 2022.

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Vendor Application Process

Information about the Massachusetts EANS vendor application process.

Resources

Last Updated: September 6, 2022

 
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