Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
06/18/21 5:00 PM Receipt
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:
GrantWatch ID#: 181130
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:
- $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)
Project Duration: Upon approval (anticipated 9/1/2021) – 8/31/2022
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
Fund Code: 310
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