Program Description

Formula grants are made to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico based on each state's share of Title I, Part A, funds. The outlying areas and the Bureau of Indian Affairs also receive funds. Among other things, the program supports an office for coordination of the education of homeless children and youths in each state, which gathers comprehensive information about homeless children and youths and the impediments they must overcome to regularly attend school. These grants also help SEAs ensure that homeless children, including preschoolers and youths, have equal access to free and appropriate public education (FAPE). States must review and revise laws and practices that impede such equal access. States are required to have an approved plan for addressing problems associated with the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children in school. States must make competitive subgrants to LEAs to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youths. This includes addressing problems due to transportation needs, immunization and residency requirements, lack of birth certificates and school records, and guardianship issues.

General Program Requirements

State Educational Agencies (SEAs)

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

State educational agencies must submit a State Plan for approval by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Contact Information

John McLaughlin
Federal Program Coordinator

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number84.196A
Current Method of Tribal EligibilitySet Aside; Part of Broader Program
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeMandatory
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceNon-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)For SY 2013-2014, slightly more than 1.3 million homeless children and youth were enrolled in public schools. Of them, about 988,000 were served by LEAs with subgrants.
Length of ProgramLEA/BIE school grant funds are available for a 27-month period after ED allocates funds to SEAs.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No

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