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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant

Grants to Massachusetts School Districts for
Programs that Serve Students Who Are Homeless

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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06/18/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts school districts and consortia for programs that serve students experiencing housing insecurity. The purpose of this program is to facilitate student enrollment and attendance and to promote racial equity. Funding is intended for support services, school-housing partnerships, regional homeless education liaisons, and homeless migrant student support.

Supported by the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act, the goal of this competitive federal grant is to provide funding for programs that ensure students who are homeless enroll in and attend school, and have racially equitable and culturally responsive opportunities to succeed in school through the following grant program purposes:

A. Support Services: to address the basic and ongoing needs of homeless students;

B. School-Housing Partnership: to stabilize and re-house homeless families with school age children or unaccompanied homeless youth by partnering with a homeless/housing services provider;

C. Regional Homeless Education Liaisons: to form a network of experienced homeless liaisons that provides technical assistance, training and mentoring to other districts in collaboration with the state coordinator of homeless education and other Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) staff; and/or

D. Homeless Migrant Student Support: to collaborate with the Massachusetts Migrant Education Program (MMEP) and to provide racially equitable and culturally responsive academic support of migrant students including summer programming, English language services, tutoring, and school supplies and uniforms.

This grant program prioritizes funds to support the education of students who are homeless through culturally responsive, high-quality programming that advance equity, including racial equity, in any or all of the following:

  • Programming designed to raise awareness of the needs and rights of students who are homeless throughout the district and community;
  • Tutoring, supplemental instruction, and other educational services that help students who are homeless maximize achievement;
  • Providing developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs, not otherwise provided through federal, state, or local funding for preschool children who are homeless;
  • Providing services and assistance to attract, engage, and retain students who are homeless, particularly those that are not enrolled in school, in public school programs and services provided to housed students;
  • Providing before- and after-school programs, mentoring, and/or summer programs for children and youth who are homeless, and services/assistance to attract, engage, and retain students who are homeless in these programs;
  • Collaborating with external agencies to provide students and families who are homeless with medical, dental, mental health, and other community and state services;
  • Providing for the meaningful involvement of parents/guardians who are homeless in their student's education;
  • Providing violence prevention counseling, referrals to counseling and/or address the needs of students who are homeless and domestic violence survivors;
  • Providing supplies to non-school facilities and adapting these facilities to enable them to provide services; and
  • Providing extraordinary or emergency services to eligible students as necessary to enroll and retain them in school.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181130

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Using homeless student enrollment data submitted to DESE for the 2019-2020 school year districts/consortia can submit applications based on the following funding levels for each grant purpose:

Support Services:
- $40,000: 2,000 or more enrolled homeless students
- $30,000: 1,000 or more enrolled homeless students
- $20,000: 500 or more enrolled homeless students
- $15,000: 200 or more enrolled homeless students
- $10,000: 50 or more enrolled homeless students

School-Housing Partnership: (Up to 4 wards will be made): Districts with three percent (3%) or more of their students experiencing homelessness are eligible to apply for up to $75,000 per year.

Regional Homeless Education Liaisons: (Up to 6 awards will be made): Districts that have a homeless education liaison/coordinator with more than three years of experience and the ability to commit 0.2 FTE (8 to 10 hours per week) may apply for $25,000 per year. The Department is seeking to develop a network of racially and ethnically diverse regional liaisons.

Homeless Migrant Student Support: Using the funding tiers below the following districts are eligible to apply for funds to support their significant population of identified migrant students: Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, and Springfield
- $50,000: 100 or more enrolled migrant students (Springfield)
- $25,000: 30 or more enrolled migrant students (Chelsea, Everett, Lynn)

Term of Contract:

Project Duration: Upon approval (anticipated 9/1/2021) – 8/31/2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Based on the number of identified students who are homeless during the 2019-2020 school year all Massachusetts public school districts (including charter school districts) with fifty (50) or more enrolled students who are homeless.

Two or more districts with a combined total of fifty (50) or more enrolled students who are homeless may apply as a consortium.

Pre-Application Information:

Date Due: Friday, June 18, 2021

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

An extension may be requested to submit proposals no later than Friday, June 25, 2021. Please submit your extension request on or before Friday, June 18th to with Subject Line: FC 310 Extension Request.***

Contact Information:

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

Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to:

Sarah Slautterback, Homeless Education State Coordinator
(781) 338-6330 or (781) 873-9522

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

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Fund Code: 310

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