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FY2020 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant

Grants to Washington, DC LEAs to Meet the
Needs of Homeless Children and Youth

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) - Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education

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07/15/19 3:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC local education agencies to meet the educational and other needs of homeless youth and children. Applicants are required to attend a pre-application conference and submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to provide homeless youth and children with the supports necessary to receive the same educational opportunities as their peers.

All local educational agencies (LEAs), with or without this funding, must ensure that children and youths who are homeless have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to all other children and youths.

The intent of the grant is to provide supplemental funding to help (1) facilitate the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success in school of children and youths experiencing homelessness; and (2) ensure children and youths experiencing homelessness have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education as provided to all other students. Services provided through this grant cannot replace regular academic programming.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182507

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Past awards have ranged from approximately $600 to $86,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant programmatic and fiscal implementation period will be from the date of the award to Sept. 30, 2022.

Year one funds must be obligated by Sept. 30, 2020. Projects that successfully demonstrate substantial progress and programmatic and fiscal reporting compliance during the award period may be eligible to receive continuation awards for an additional two (2) years if funds remain available.

The program periods are:
- Year 1: Date of award – Sept. 2020 (original program period)
- Year 2: Oct. 2020 – Sept. 2021 (continuation)
- Year 3: Oct. 2021 – Sept. 2022 (continuation)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LEAs in the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. Awards will be made on the basis of the need of the LEA and the quality of the applications submitted. When distributing funding, OSSE will prioritize LEAs with a high level of need, as represented by enrollment data. Competitive Priority will be awarded to applicants that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- LEAs with a high number of identified children and youths experiencing homelessness, as compared to LEA’s overall student population;
- LEAs with a significant increase of identified children and youths experiencing homelessness in the previous school year;
- LEAs with a high percentage of identified children and youths experiencing homelessness, as compared to the number of children and youths experiencing homelessness identified in the District of Columbia; or
- LEAs with a high percentage of newly identified children and youths experiencing homelessness, based on the proximity of LEAs/schools that are near the newly established local shelters in all wards of the District of Columbia.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The mandatory pre-application conferences will be held on the following dates and times:
- Webinar: June 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
- In-person: July 8, 2019 at 2:00 - 4:00 PM (OSSE - Eleanor Holmes Norton I, 1st Floor).

Each interested applicant must have at least one representative attend one of the above webinars to meet the attendance requirement for this grant. This representative should be someone who is employed directly by the prospective applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit all questions by July 8, 2019 to allow enough time for a response from the Homeless Education Program contact person before the competition closes.

All eligible LEAs seeking to receive funding under this RFA must submit their Intent to Apply notification form, signed by an authorized official of the entity, by 3:00 PM on July 10, 2019.

Applications are due July 15, 2019 by 3:00 PM. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early to avoid technical difficulties. OSSE strongly encourages applicants to submit by 1:00 PM to ensure a smooth submission.

OSSE has implemented a reimbursement process for all subrecipients. Subrecipients shall receive payments for services that have been rendered and for costs that have been paid (not merely incurred) after they substantiate that the cost is allowable for submitted program expenditures.

Contact Information:

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

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Please submit all questions in writing to:
Homeless Education Program
Attn: Danielle C. Rollins
Community Learning and School Support (CLASS)
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Division of Systems and Supports, K-12
1050 First St., NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

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USA: Washington, DC