Supported by the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act, the goal of this targeted federal grant is to provide funding for programs that ensure students who are homeless enroll in and attend school, and have racially equitable and culturally responsive opportunities to succeed in school through the following grant program purposes:
This grant program prioritizes funds to support the education of students who are homeless through culturally responsive, high-quality programming that advance equity, including racial equity, in any or all of the following:
All current McKinney-Vento Homeless Education grantees [Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Fund Code (FC) 310] are eligible.
Federal CFDA 84.425
Approximately $2,200,000 is available under the American Rescue Plan — Homeless Children and Youth I.
Using homeless student enrollment data submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for the 2018-2019 school year districts/consortia can submit applications based on approximately $121 per student who is homeless. See eligible districts and maximum funding amounts per district .
Applicant districts must include collaboration — with community-based organizations committed to advancing racial equity — through a local Homeless Education Service Coordination Committee or other established local committee or council addressing homelessness.
If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Note: Additional funding under the American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children and Youth II is anticipated to be available in FY2022 and will be distributed under the US Education Department's guidelines to any district that served students who were homeless in 2018-2019.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
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 students who are homeless and students who are housed.
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 children and youth who are homeless. McKinney-Vento funds may provide the same services to students who are housed to ensure that program activities integrate students who are homeless.
Grant funds cannot be used to pay for the district's Homeless Education Liaison, a position required in all school districts, unless the liaison has responsibilities in the district beyond those required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Funds may be used to support any activities/ expenses necessary to facilitate the identification, enrollment, retention, and educational success of homeless children and youth, such as:
Upon approval – 6/30/2022 (Year 1)*
*The period of availability for this grant award can be extended beyond Year 1 by utilizing the multi-year feature for this Funding Opportunity in EdGrants. The extended period is broken up by fiscal year, as follows: 7/1/2022 – 6/30/2023 (Year 2); 7/1/2023 – 8/31/2024 (Year 3).
Student and Family Support
Friday, June 18, 2021
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget — To be entered directly into EdGrants
Part III — Required Program Information (including budget narrative)
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Activity Form
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Assurances
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:
FY2022 FC301 - American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children and Youth I Grant [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 Schedule A form, if applicable to your district. 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.
Last Updated: April 26, 2022
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370
Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.