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Grants to New York Local Educational Agencies to Improve School Attendance and Academic Achievement of Homeless Students

2022–2025 McKinney-Vento Grant Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
132135

Funding Source
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
Funding or PIN Number: RFP #: GC22-009
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/03/22
Deadline: 05/19/22 5:00 PM - Receipt and Postmarked by Date Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York local educational agencies, including public school districts, BOCES, and charter schools, for services that enhance school attendance and academic achievement of homeless youth and children. Certain applicants will be required to pre-qualify prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support programs such as tutoring, enrichment activities, counseling, and food programs. Eligible activities may take place at schools, shelters, clinics, or other community facilities in New York City and throughout the State.

The purpose of McKinney-Vento funding is to facilitate the improved attendance, engagement, and academic success of homeless children and youth. Applicants should consider a student’s immediate/essential needs, social-emotional needs, academic needs, and physical and mental health needs in the planning and proposal of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program. Activities and services must not replace the regular academic program. The activities must be designed to expand upon or improve services for students in temporary housing.

Program activities and services may be provided on school grounds or at other facilities such as shelters, community organizations, or counseling/health clinics. Successful applicants will include a mix of activity types within their applications, including but not limited to:

  1. Student-facing activities (e.g., tutoring),
  2. Student/family support services (e.g., supplies),
  3. Capacity-building activities (e.g., professional development) and
  4. Social and emotional learning (e.g., trauma-sensitive strategies).

Allowable Activities for the Grant include, but are not limited to:

  • The provision of tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched educational services, as well as transportation to and from such services;
  • Before-school and after-school activities, mentoring, and summer programs with a teacher or other qualified individual, as well as transportation-related to these programs and services;
  • Provision of student support services, including mental health counseling and violence prevention counseling, as well as transportation-related to these services;
  • Partnerships with local organizations to provide physical and mental health services, enrichment activities, or other “whole child” supports, as well as transportation-related to these services;
  • Programs focused on building executive functioning skills such as coping, self-regulation, and leadership; Supplies needed for school and/or personal hygiene;
  • Supplemental food programs such as after-school snacks or weekend food programs;
  • Provision of developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs not otherwise provided;
  • Provision of education and training to parents of students in temporary housing about educational rights and resources that are available;
  • Adaptation of space, purchase of supplies for non-school facilities (e.g.,age-appropriate play/study spaces within shelters or “calming corners” in classrooms); and
  • Professional development and training on McKinney-Vento statutes, trauma sensitivity, or another related topic for educators, school/district personnel, and/or community partners.

In addition, grant funds may be used for:

  • Salary for the full-time or part-time McKinney-Vento liaison if he/she directly manages the McKinney-Vento grant activities in addition to the state and federally mandated duties (application must include specifics about this person’s grant-related duties); and
  • Salaries/stipends for other full-time or part-time staff or volunteers who are directly working to implement the grant activities.
  • A school-wide approach to trauma-sensitivity that addresses the negative effects of chronic stress or trauma through a focus on school climate that addresses the following three elements:
    1. Creating a safe and supportive environment (e.g., predictable and safe environments at critical transition points for families and students including a welcoming enrollment office or a calm and supportive bus ride to and from school);
    2. Fostering secure attachments (e.g., consistent one-on-one relationships with adults; participation in a mentoring program in school or in a community-based program); and
    3. Strengthening a student’s non-cognitive skills (e.g., programs/curricula designed to teach or improve students’ ability to be resilient, self-regulate, or cope in a healthy way).


Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:

New York State local educational agencies (LEAs), which for the purposes of this RFP are public school districts, charter schools, and BOCES, are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. BOCES may only apply as a part of a consortium. The NYC Department of Education is the eligible school district applicant in NYC, not individual Community School Districts. LEAs must have identified a minimum average of 100 students in temporary housing in the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 school years to be eligible for funding. LEAs that have identified a three-year average of fewer than 100 students in temporary housing may apply as a consortium of LEAs to bring the total to at least 100.

Single LEAs (which include public school districts and charter schools) must have identified a minimum average of 100 students in temporary housing in the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-2021 school years to be eligible for funding. For example, if a district identified 75 students as homeless in SY 2018-19, 95 students as homeless in SY 2019-20, and 140 students as homeless in SY 2020-21, the district would be eligible for funding because the average for the three years is 103.

Consortiums (which can include BOCES) LEAs that have identified a three-year average of fewer than 100 students in temporary housing may apply as a consortium of LEAs whose total identified students in temporary housing is equal to or greater than 100 on average across all three school years.

Please note all consortium members must be LEAs and must be direct providers of services. Consortium members CANNOT be third-party contractors.

BOCES are only eligible to apply as a part of a consortium; a BOCES cannot apply on its own.

A school district or charter school can only be included in one application (e.g., a school district may not apply on its own and as a part of a consortium).

Funds for this program must be used to supplement (increase the level of services) and not supplant (replace) funds from other federal, state, and/or local sources.

Activities undertaken must not isolate or stigmatize students in temporary housing.

Grant funds should not be used to fulfill the basic McKinney-Vento Act statutes of identification, enrollment, or transportation to/from the regular school day.

Grant funds can not be used to implement some state and federally mandated services. (For a full list of mandated responsibilities, see Sections 722(g)(3) & 732(g)(6) of the McKinney-Vento Act listed at www.nysteachs.org.)

Please note that this award does not allow grantees to carry over unexpended grant funds into the next school/funding year.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A webinar will be held April 7, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. To register for the webinar, please visit the NYS-TEACHS website: https://www.nysteachs.org/grantees. The webinar will be posted to the website afterward.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 19, 2022. Applications received after that date and time will not be reviewed.

The State of New York has implemented a statewide prequalification process (described on the Grants Gateway website: https://grantsmanagement.ny.gov/) designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors. All not-for-profit vendors, including charter schools, are required to pre-qualify prior to grant application. This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that have already received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle. (BOCES and public school districts are exempt from the Prequalification requirement.)

A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of prequalification materials. Please send the NOI by May 3, 2022.

Questions must be received no later than close of business on April 14, 2022. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted on the URL for Full Text (RFP) by April 28, 2022.

Watch an informational webinar: https://www.nysteachs.org/grantees

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Baseline Grant: Funding will be structured as follows based on the LEA’s/Consortium’s average number of students identified as homeless:

- 100-500 students identified – up to $125,000 per year
- 501-1,000 students identified – up to $175,000 per year
- 1,001-50,000 students identified – up to $250,000 per year
- >50,000 students identified – up to $2.5 million per year.

Funding for Years 2 and 3 will be awarded at the same level as Year 1.

Term of Contract
The grant period will cover three one-year periods: September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023; September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024; and September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025. Years 2 and 3 will be authorized based upon submission of a satisfactory annual program report that includes progress toward stated activity outcomes and an associated budget review.

Contact Information
Email the (nonmandatory) NOI as well as the complete application to: homelessrfp@nysed.gov

In addition, mail the hardcopy application to:

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue,
Grants Management, Room 481 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
Attn: McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Application

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