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Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) Grant

Grants to Colorado School Districts
to Help Students Stay in School

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Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

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Deadline Date:

03/12/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Colorado school districts to help students remain in school and reduce the incidence of suspension. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting an application. Grant funding is intended to address behavioral issues, attendance, and other factors that contribute to school drop-outs. The goal of the grant program is to help students remain engaged in their learning toward academic achievement and to prevent future disciplinary action. Priorities are tied to addressing the rise in habitual truancy and school suspensions.

Students eligible for EARSS-funded services include:

  1. Expelled students
  2. Students at-risk for expulsion and truant students
  3. Facility school students

For additional student eligibility information, see:

At a minimum, the application should include a plan for the provision of educational services, including the type of educational service, estimated cost, and criteria used to evaluate the effectiveness of the educational services provided. Educational services mean any of the following types of services to provide instruction in the academic areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies:

  • Tutoring services;
  • Alternative educational programs; and
  • Career and technical education programs (operated by the applicant) 

For information about allowable use of funds, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 124897

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The total budget cannot exceed $3,000 per student. A suggested range is $1,000 - $3,000 per student.

Term of Contract:

4 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- School districts;
- Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) operating schools and/or serving students enrolled in member districts;
- Alternative schools within a school district;
- Charter schools either through their authorizing district, Charter School Institute; or consortium of charter schools;
- Facility schools approved pursuant to C.R.S. 22-2-407: Approved facility school means an educational program that is operated by a facility to provide
educational services to students placed in the facility and that, pursuant to section 22-2-407 (2), has been placed on the list of facility schools that are approved to receive reimbursement for providing educational services to students placed in a facility.
- Non-public/non-parochial schools working through agreements to serve public school expelled students as referred for services by the public school/district.

A current EARSS grantee is eligible to apply, but current EARSS-funded districtwide programs or specific schools utilizing EARSS funds or receiving EARSS-funded services will not be considered.

School district grantees may enter into agreements with appropriate local governmental agencies and, to the extent necessary, with the managing state agencies, including the department of human services and the department of public health and environment; with community-based nonprofit and faith-based organizations; with nonpublic, nonparochial schools; with the department of military and veterans affairs; and with public and private
institutions of higher education to work with the EARSS student's parent or guardian in the provision of services to an EARSS-eligible student.

Unallowable: Funds must supplement, not supplant, and may not include, or be limited to:
• Indirect Cost;
• 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, 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;
• Transportation costs for students to get to and from school (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:

An application training webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at

Following the webinar, a link to the recording will be posted here:

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs are due by January 30, 2020, and applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 12, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

Applicants will be notified of final award status no later than Friday, June 12, 2020.

This FAQ will continue to be updated as questions are posed and answered through the application deadline date of March 12, 2020. Program staff may alert eligible applicants that have submitted Letters of Intent when new information is posted.

Important Dates:
- Training Webinar: January 15, 2020, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
- Letter Of Intent Due: January 31, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
- RFA Due: March 12, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
- Team Review Day: April 2, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOI here:

Applications should be submitted to:

Program Questions:
Janelle Krueger, EARSS Program Manager
(303) 866-6750

Budget/Fiscal Questions:
Marti Rodriguez, Office of Grants Fiscal
(303) 866-6769

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

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