Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Mini-Grant

Memo Information

Memo Number
COM-21-047
Memo Date
11/13/2020
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Public School Accountability
Regulatory Authority
Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.)
Response Required
NO
Attention
Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; School Counselors; District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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Memo Text

As districts face continuing increases in the number of identified students experiencing homelessness, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will allocate remaining McKinney-Vento funds in the form of mini-grants to districts for a McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Mini-Grants. These mini-grants will be available for districts in which the number of identified students experiencing homelessness are 10% or more above the number of Free/Reduced students in the 2020-2021 school year October 1 count (source, ADE Data System).

McKinney-Vento mini-grants should focus on improving the identification, enrollment, attendance, and academic success for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento funds provide activities for and services to homeless children and youth including preschool-aged homeless children. Initiatives should enable students to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school or preschool programs.

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) (McKinney-Vento Act) and re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Districts eligible for the grant are those districts in which the number of identified students experiencing homelessness are 10% or more above the number of Free/Reduced students in the 2020-2021 school year October 1 count (source, ADE Data System).

A listing of eligible districts for the McKinney-Vento Mini-Grant may be found in the attachments. The Funding Notification will have two FAIN numbers. The amounts for each district will be divided between the two FAIN numbers. http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/fiscal-and-administrative-services/lea-federal-funding/grant-award-letters

 

FAIN-S196A190004

Last Date to Draw Funds

December 31, 2021

Last Date to Obligate Funds

September 30, 2021

FAIN-S196A200004

Last Date to Draw Funds

December 31, 2022

Last Date to Obligate Funds

September 30, 2022

 

Funding will be by reimbursements each month according to allowable expenditures submitted.

Included with this memorandum are the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Mini-Grant application packet, the grant application guidelines, and reference resources. Faxed or emailed copies of the application will not be accepted. The grant application must be submitted via Indistar. Please work with your Federal Programs Coordinator to upload the application into the District Indistar McKinney-Vento Mini-Grant Folder. Application deadline is December 9, 2020.

For further explanation or assistance in completing application, contact Dana Davis at 501-683-5428 or e-mail dana.davis@arkansas.gov.

 

 

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