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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant (Round 2)

Grants to Massachusetts Schools and School Districts
for Programs to Help Homeless Students Succeed

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Deadline Date:

09/21/18 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts schools and school districts for programs that encourage homeless children and youth to be enrolled in school, attend school, and have the opportunity to succeed academically. The following are three grant program purposes:

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

2. 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; and/or

3. 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.

Proposals are invited for high-quality programs that address one or more of the following priorities:

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

Programs can either expand or improve services provided through a school's general academic program but cannot replace that program (supplement not supplant). To the extent practicable, activities and services are to integrate homeless and non-homeless students.

Districts may provide services through programs on school grounds, at other facilities, or may use funds to enter into contracts with other agencies to provide services for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento funds may provide the same services to housed students to ensure that program activities integrate homeless and non-homeless students.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181130

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$245,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Using homeless student enrollment data submitted to DESE as of March 1, 2018, districts, consortia should submit applications based on the following funding levels for each grant purpose:

A. Support Services:
$30,000: 500 or more enrolled homeless students
$20,000: 300 or more enrolled homeless students
$10,000: 50 or more enrolled homeless students
Only applicants not awarded funding for this category through the original FC 310 may apply for this category.

B. School-Housing Partnership: (Up to two awards will be made)
The following districts with at least 5% of their students experiencing homelessness are eligible to apply for up to $75,000 per year: Holyoke, Leominster, New Bedford, Orange, Triton, Worcester
Only applicants not awarded funding for this category through the original FC 310 may apply for this category.

C. Regional Homeless Education Liaisons: (Approximately 8 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 $15,000 per year.

1. Applicants not awarded funding for this category through the original FC 310 may apply for an amount greater than $15,000, if needed to meet contractual obligations for supporting the required time commitment. The applicant must provide justification for the need for the additional funds.

2. Applicants awarded funding for this category through the original FC 310 may apply for additional funds under this Round 2 RFP, if needed to meet contractual obligations for supporting the required time commitment. The applicant must provide justification for the need for the additional funds and only apply here for the additional amount needed.

Term of Contract:

Upon approval (no earlier than 8/1/2018) – 8/31/2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Based on the number of homeless students identified as of March 1, 2018 districts with fifty (50) or more enrolled homeless students.

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

Applicant districts must include collaboration with community-based organizations through a local Homeless Education Service Coordination Committee or other established local committee or council addressing homelessness.

Grant funds cannot be used to pay for the district's Homeless Education Liaison, a position required in all school districts unless the liaison has responsibilities in the district beyond those required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Grant funds cannot be used for food or to support rent for families.

Grant funds cannot be used for transportation costs that are required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Other transportation costs may not exceed 10% of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Date Due: Friday, September 21, 2018
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Submission Instructions: Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to achievement@doe.mass.edu.

Subject to budget appropriation, funded applicants will be eligible for a total of three-years of funding under this grant (Fiscal Year 2018-2019 [FY19] – FY21). Fluctuations in homeless populations may necessitate a review of funding amounts in continuation years.

Contact Information:

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

Sarah Slautterback, Homeless Education State Coordinator
(781)338-6330
sslautterback@doe.mass.edu

CFDA Number:

84.196

Funding or Pin Number:

310

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts