The purpose of these competitive federal funds is to provide funding for programs that ensure students who are homeless enroll and attend school, and have racially equitable and culturally responsive opportunities to succeed in school through the following grant program purposes:
Support Services: to address the basic and ongoing needs of homeless students;
School-Housing Partnership: to stabilize and re-house homeless families with school age children or unaccompanied homeless youth by partnering with a homeless/housing services provider;
Regional Homeless Education Liaisons: to form a network of experienced homeless liaisons that provides technical assistance, training and mentoring to other districts in collaboration with the state coordinator of homeless education and other Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) staff; and/or
Homeless Migrant Student Support: to collaborate with the Massachusetts Migrant Education Program (MMEP) and to provide racially equitable and culturally responsive academic support of migrant students including summer programming, English language services, tutoring, and school supplies and uniforms.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act prioritizes funds to support the education of students who are homeless through racially equitable and culturally responsive high quality programming in any or all of the following:
Competitive priority will be given to districts and schools in chronically underperforming status.
Based on the number of identified students who are homeless during the 2019/2020 school year l Massachusetts public school districts (including charter school districts) with fifty (50) or more enrolled students who are homeless and are not currently fiscal year 2022 (FY2022) recipients of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant (FC310) may apply.
Two or more districts with a combined total of fifty (50) or more enrolled students who are homeless may apply as a consortium.
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.
Federal CFDA 84.196
Approximately $500,000 is available.
Using homeless student enrollment data submitted to DESE for the 2019/2020 school year districts/consortia should submit applications based on the following funding levels for each grant purpose:
Using the funding tiers below the following districts are eligible to apply for funds to support their significant population of identified migrant students: Chelsea, Gloucester, and New Bedford.
DESE reserves the right to alter the award to each funded district.
Subject to budget appropriation, funded applicants will be eligible for a total of three-years of funding under this grant (FY2022 through FY2024). Fluctuations in homeless populations may necessitate a review of funding amounts in continuation years.
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 that are committed to racial equity 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.
Grant funds cannot be used for food, gift cards, or to support rent for families.
Grant funds cannot be used for transportation costs that are required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Other transportation costs may not exceed 10% of the grant.
Upon approval* – 8/31/2022*likely mid- to late-November
Student and Family Support
(781) 338-6330 or (781) 873-9522
Thursday, November 4, 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 Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Part III — Required Program Information
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Activity Form
McKinney-Vento Budget Narrative
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Assurances
Memorandum of Understanding for the Service Coordination Committee — (with signatures, to be developed by the applicant)
Memorandum of Understanding for the School-Housing Partnership — (with signatures, to be developed by the applicant)
Schedule A (for districts applying as a consortium)
For applicants interested in C: Regional Homeless Education Liaisons grant sub-category, please see the McKinney-Vento Regional Homeless Education Liaison Job Description for duties of the Regional Liaison position.
Key Grant RequirementsFunded applicants will:
Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021.
Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget and Part I and required documents in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: September 30, 2021
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