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Grants to Colorado School Districts to Address Attendance and Truancy-Related Issues Among Students


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Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) Grant

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #124897

Grant Description

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Grants to Colorado school districts to address attendance and truancy-related issues among students. Funding is intended to reduce the incidence of suspension and expulsion. Eligible uses of funding include program development costs, salaries, and benefits, as well as the provision of services and support to students. The purpose of this grant is to provide educational services to expelled students, students who are identified as at risk of dropping out of school due to chronic absenteeism, or disciplinary action as identified pursuant to section, and to truant students.

The Office of Student Re-Engagement and Dropout Prevention at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) was created by Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 22-14-103. This office provides focus, coordination, research, and leadership to assist local education providers with implementation efforts to reduce the incidence of discipline- and attendance-related behaviors, which are risk factors for dropping out of school.

The purpose of the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) Grant Program, authorized by Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 22-33-205, is to reduce the incidence of discipline- and attendance-related behaviors which are risk factors for dropping out of school. 

Initial funding for the 6-month planning period, should be used toward salary, benefits, and other costs associated with establishing the program. 

Funding, starting in 2023-2024, should be spent on providing educational services, attendance supports, and behavioral interventions focused on serving students who are expelled (but served), and/or are at-risk of being expelled, and/or are chronically absent. At-risk students may also include suspended students, students at-risk of suspension (e.g., already engaged in misconduct), those who are likely to be declared chronically absent, or those who are likely to be declared habitually disruptive.

Services may include but are not limited to:

  • Educational services required to be provided to expelled students under C.R.S. 22-33-203(2) and to at-risk students pursuant to C.R.S. 22-33-202 (regarding a student’s individual support and service plan);
  • Counseling services;
  • Substance use disorder treatment programs; and
  • Family preservation services, including but not limited to the referral of family members to the service providers listed above. EARSS grant funds should not be used for direct services to family members but rather for direct services to students.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local education providers are eligible to apply for this opportunity. An eligible local education provider is defined as a school district, a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), a district charter school, an Institute Charter School, and facility schools.

Nonpublic schools may apply for a grant only to fund educational services that have been approved by the state board pursuant to section C.R.S. 22-2-107.

Local education providers that are in the final year of funding are eligible to apply. New program requests must differ from the current program that was funded within the last five years. Information regarding these differences must be addressed in the program application.

Funds must supplement, not supplant, and may not include:
• Indirect Costs;
• Capital equipment or capital improvements such as upgrades or improvements to buildings, utilities or IT infrastructure, or construction;
• Maintenance;
• Gift cards, gift certificates, cash awards, gas for students’ personal vehicles, personal gifts, door prizes, etc.;
• Financial aid for students or staff, such as waiving of fees, paying tuition, scholarships, etc.;
• Credentialing of staff toward a degree or professional certification or license;
• Truancy court-related legal fees;
• Non-EARSS related transportation costs (i.e., daily commuting); and
• Professional development for non-EARSS-related staff, meaning staff who are not involved in carrying out grant supported activity.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Office hours will be on Wednesday during June, July, and August from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Use this link to attend office hours, passcode 976762:

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications (including all required elements outlined below) must be submitted through the online application form by Friday, September 2, 2022, by 11:59 pm.

Completion of the Intent to Apply form for EARSS, is due Monday, August 15, 2022, by 11:59 pm. Though strongly encouraged, the Intent to Apply is informational and is not a required component of the grant application submission process.

Applications will be reviewed by CDE staff to ensure they contain all required components. Applicants will be notified of final award status in January 2023.

Training webinar:

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

During the planning period, the maximum funding available per applicant will be $75,000 during the planning period. Starting with the 2023-2024 school year, programs are eligible to receive up to $3,000 per expected student served for the remaining four years of the grant program.

Contact Information:

Submit an intent to apply online:

Apply online:

Program Questions:
Amy Werpy, EARSS Grant Coordinator
(303) 866-6601 |

Budget/Fiscal Questions:
Anna Friedman, Grant Fiscal Management Office
(720) 778-1877 |

Application Questions:
Mandy Christensen, Competitive Grants and Awards
(303) 866-6250 |

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