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FY18 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 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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12/22/17 3:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC local education agencies to meet educational and other related needs of homeless youth and children. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the November 17 webinar and the December 4 technical assistance session. LOIs are due December 8.

LEAs, with or without this funding, must ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths. Authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Section 726, as amended, the law’s specific purposes are to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth.

LEAs may use MKV funds to carry out the purposes of MKV, including:

1. The provision of tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched educational services that are linked to the achievement of the same challenging State academic standards as the State establishes for other children and youths.

2. The provision of expedited evaluations of the strengths and needs of homeless children and youths, including needs and eligibility for programs and services (such as educational programs for gifted and talented students, children with disabilities, and English learners, services provided under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or similar State or local programs, programs in career and technical education, and school nutrition programs).

3. Professional development and other activities for educators and specialized instructional support personnel that are designed to heighten the understanding and sensitivity of such personnel to the needs of homeless children and youths, the rights of such children and youths under MKV, and the specific educational needs of runaway and homeless youths.

4. The provision of referral services to homeless children and youths for medical, dental, mental, and other health services.

5. The provision of assistance to defray the excess cost of transportation for students under section 722(g)(4)(A), not otherwise provided through Federal, State, or local funding, where necessary.

6. The provision of developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs, not otherwise provided through Federal, State, or local funding, for preschool-aged homeless children.

7. The provision of services and assistance to attract, engage, and retain homeless children and youths, particularly homeless children and youths who are not enrolled in school, in public school programs and services provided to non-homeless children and youths.

8. The provision for homeless children and youths of before- and after-school, mentoring, and summer programs in which a teacher or other qualified individual provides tutoring, homework assistance, and supervision of educational activities.

9. Payment of fees and costs associated with tracking, obtaining, and transferring records necessary to enroll homeless children and youths in school. The records may include birth certificates, immunization or other required health records, academic records, guardianship records, and evaluations for special programs and services.

10. The provision of education and training to the parents and guardians of homeless children and youths about the rights of, and resources available to such children and youths, and other activities designed to increase the meaningful involvement of parents and guardians of homeless children and youths in the education of such children and youths.

11. The development of coordination between schools and agencies providing services to homeless children and youths, as described in section 722(g)(5).

12. The provision of specialized instructional support services (including violence prevention counseling) and referrals for such services.

13. Activities to address the particular needs of homeless children and youths that may arise from domestic violence and parental mental health or substance abuse problems.

14. The adaptation of space and purchase of supplies for any non-school facilities made available to provide services.

15. The provision of school supplies, including those supplies to be distributed at shelters or temporary housing facilities, or other appropriate locations.

16. The provision of other extraordinary or emergency assistance needed to enable homeless children and youths to attend school and participate fully in school activities.

In determining program quality, OSSE will consider the following:

1. The number of homeless children and youth enrolled in the LEA, including children in the LEA’s Early Learning Program, and the degree to which the proposed program supports the LEA’s ability to meet the needs of these children.

2. The types, intensity, and degree of coordination of the services to be provided under the program.

3. The extent to which the program will promote meaningful involvement of parents or guardians of homeless children or youths in the education of their children.

4. The extent to which homeless children and youths will be integrated into the regular education program.

5. The quality of the applicant's evaluation plan for the program.

6. The extent to which the program reflects alignment with a robust needs assessment.

7. The extent to which services will be coordinated with other services available to homeless
children and youths and their families.

8. The extent to which the application reflects leveraging of other resources available to the LEA including by maximizing non-subgrant funding for the position of the LEA homeless liaison and the provision of transportation.

9. The extent to which the applicant's program is indicative of a high-quality program, such as the extent to which the local educational agency will provide case management or related services to unaccompanied youths.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182507

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Term of Contract:

The grant programmatic and fiscal implementation period will be from the date of the award to Sept. 30, 2020.

Year one funds must be obligated by September 30, 2018. Awards may be extended for two additional years if the sub-recipient’s program remains in compliance with all grant requirements. All awards will be reviewed annually for consideration of continued funding.

The program periods are:
-Year 1: Date of award – September 2018 (original program period)
-Year 2: October 2018 – September 2019 (continuation)
-Year 3: October 2019 – September 2020 (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 which indicates a:
-High number of identified homeless children and youth as compared to LEA’s overall student population1;
-Significant increase of identified homeless students in the previous school year; or
-High percentage of identified homeless children and youth as compared to the number of homeless children and youth identified in the District of Columbia.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A web-based pre-application technical assistance session will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017

An in-person pre-application technical assistance session will be held at OSSE (810 First St. NE, Washington, DC) on Monday, December 4, 2017 in the 8th Floor Conference Room (806 A/B).

Please note that seating will be limited so please limit the number of staff registering and attending the in-person session to two or less.

All LEAs planning to apply for this grant are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-application technical assistance session.

Pre-Application Information:

All LEAs planning to apply for this grant are strongly encouraged to submit Intent to Apply via email to Danielle C. Rollins by Friday, December 8, 2017.

-Request for Application (RFA) Release Date: November 13, 2017
-Pre-Application Conferences (Mandatory): November 17, 2017 (webinar) and December 4, 2017 (in-person)
-Intent to Apply Deadline (Mandatory): December 8, 2017 by 5:00 PM
-Application Submission Deadline: December 22, 2017 by 3:00 PM

Program costs must be paid, not merely incurred, by the awardee to the payee prior to requesting reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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

Register for the November 17 session here:

LEAs interested in applying for MKV funds may use the following link to access OSSE’s on-line Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS):

Danielle C. Rollins, Program Analyst
(202) 741-0255

Homeless Education Program
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
810 First St. NE, 8th Floor
Washington, D.C.  20002

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # GD0-MKV-FY2018

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC