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Grants to California LEAs to Improve the
Academic Achievement of Homeless Students

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Student Achievement and Support Division - Integrated Student Support and Programs Office (ISSPO)

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Deadline Date:

02/04/21 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to California school districts and charter schools to provide equal access to education for individuals who are homeless. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to improve the education and academic achievement of homeless children and youth. For the purpose of this grant, local educational agencies (LEAs) are school districts and direct-funded charter schools that have enrolled 50 or more homeless students during the 2018-19 school year.

The intent of the grant is to facilitate the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success in school for homeless children and youth. In addition, the grant will help ensure homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to all other children and youth. 

Some of the requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:

  1. Designate a liaison for homeless children and youth.
  2. Identify and enroll immediately, even if the homeless child does not have the proper enrollment papers or immunization records.
  3. Ensure access to all educational and support services, including transportation.
  4. Disseminate educational rights.
  5. Keep homeless children in the same school of origin.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148192

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000

The maximum amount of funding will be based on the number of enrolled homeless children and youth as reported on the 2018-19 Cumulative DataQuest reports. Max funding amounts: 50-99 / $15,000; 100-249 / $25,000; 250-499 / $50,000; 500-1,499 / $75,000; 1,500-2,499 / $100,000; 2,500-3,999 / $125,000; 4,000-4,999 / $175,000; Over 5,000 / $250,000

Term of Contract:

The project period will be from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies

For the purpose of this grant, local educational agencies (LEAs) are school districts and direct-funded charter schools who have enrolled 50 or more homeless students during the 2018-19 school year. County offices of education can not apply for this RFA.

If an LEA did not enroll 50 homeless students in 2018-19, a consortium of LEAs can apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Request for Application (RFA) Webinar
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 9 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 825 5673 2580
Passcode: 527045

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- EHCY Request for Applications (RFA) Webinar: Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 1 p.m.
- EHCY Letter of Intent (Attachment 1) Due to the CDE: Friday, December 4, 2020, by 5 p.m.
- EHCY Application Due to the CDE: Thursday, February 4, 2021, by 4 p.m.
- EHCY Readers’ Conference Conducted by the CDE: Week of March 1, 2021
- Grant Award Notification Letters Mailed to the Subgrantees: After July 16, 2021

If the LEA intends to submit an application for the EHCY Program, a Letter of Intent must be submitted to the CDE no later than 5 p.m., on Friday, December 4, 2020.


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General Assurances and Certifications 2020-21:

Resources for Homeless Children and Youths:

Contact Information:

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

- Program Questions: Homeless Education Program, email:, phone: 866-856-8214
- Downloading Questions: Shoshannah Fuentes, Homeless Children and Youth Program, e-mail:, tel. 916-319-0384

Email completed LOI forms it to Shoshannah Fuentes at

Applications must be submitted in person or received by mail to the CDE’s Integrated Student Support and Programs Office (ISSPO) at 1430 N Street, Suite 6208, Sacramento, CA 95814-5901, Attn: Homeless Education Program.

On Thursday, February 4, 2021, there will be staff at a table in the CDE lobby to accept hand-delivered applications and issue receipts.

If you wish to hand deliver an application before the due date, please contact Leanne Wheeler by phone at 916-319-0383 or by email at to make arrangements.

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USA: California

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