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Grants to South Carolina Educational Agencies to Ensure Migratory Students Receive Public Education

2023–24 South Carolina Migrant Education Program (MEP) Subgrant


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Funding Source
South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)
Office of Federal and State Accountability
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Geographic Focus
USA: South Carolina

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/16/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to South Carolina public and nonprofit educational agencies to enable migratory youth and children to enroll in and attend public schools. Funding is intended to enhance educational opportunities for migratory students to help them succeed in the regular school year, meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children and youth are expected to meet, and earn a high school diploma.

Title I, Part C, section 1301 of ESSA states that the purposes of the MEP are to:

  1. Support high-quality and comprehensive educational programs and services during the school year and, as applicable, during summer or intersession periods, that address the unique educational needs of migratory children;
  2. Ensure that migratory children and youth who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among the states in curriculum, graduation requirements, and challenging state academic standards;
  3. Ensure that migratory children and youth receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children and youth are expected to meet;
  4. Help migratory children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit the ability of such children to do well in school; and
  5. Ensure that migratory children and youth benefit from state and local systemic reforms. 

Agencies may use MEP funds for the following types of services:

  • Instructional services (e.g., educational activities for preschool-age children and instruction in elementary and secondary schools, such as tutoring programs).
  • Support services (e.g., educationally related activities, such as advocacy for migratory children and youth; health, nutrition, and social services for migratory families; necessary educational supplies; and transportation).

Agencies may use a variety of service delivery designs. Examples include

  • In-home instructional programs (e.g., family literacy services to the child at the place of residence, tutoring);
  • School and community program collaborations to facilitate instructional and support services;
  • Distance learning programs;
  • Title I school-wide programs; and
  • Onsite life skills, math, and reading lessons to out-of-school youth (OSY).

For additional information about program components and goals, see Page 8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

For information about authorized activities see Page 18 of the Guidelines in Support Documents.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
An eligible local organizational agency (LOA) is a local educational agency (LEA) or public or private agency that demonstrates the ability and capacity to manage a program that will serve all eligible migratory children and youth for the proposed service area. In some cases, two or more LEAs or other entities may partner to form an LOA. Additionally, LOAs may propose to serve and/or identify and recruit (ID&R) migratory children and youth in multiple LEAs.

For information about unauthorized activities see Page 18 of the Guidelines in Support Documents.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Office of Federal and State Accountability will offer a pre-application technical assistance session via Adobe Connect on May 23, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. No password is required to join the session. Participants will be able to log in 15 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their equipment’s settings and download/print handouts.

Adobe Connect:

While participation is not mandatory to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by June 16, 2023, at 5 pm.

Notification of awards will be issued in June.

Applicants must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application and maintain their SAM registration throughout the application and award process. All LEAs with an active SAM registration have a unique entity identifier (UEI). Applicants must include the UEI in the online subgrant application.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The SCDE anticipates awarding approximately four (4) subgrants.

Term of Contract
May 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Zachary Taylor
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-391-9393

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