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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 138
POLICY CODE: DD/JLG
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan Gendron, Commissioner
RE: Grants to SAUs for Providing Educational and Related Services for Homeless Students
Request for Proposals
The Maine Department of
Education announces the availability of grants under the
DEFINITION OF HOMELESS STUDENT:
In accordance with McKinney-Vento Sec.725, the term “Homeless Children and Youths”
“(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence [within the meaning of section 103(a) (1)] and (B) Includes-
(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings [within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C)];
(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).”
The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Grants to SAUs is
to ensure that homeless children and youth gain access to a free and
appropriate public education. The McKinney-Vento grants program provides direct
services to homeless students to enable them to enroll in, attend, and achieve
success in school, and to meet
A. For School Year 2004-2005, the available funds for these grants are $150,000.
B. For School Years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, funding is subject to continued federal funding.
The grant project is three years (
E. The estimated number of grant awards statewide is (3).
Program Grants: Three (3) grant awards of up to $50,000 each, per year, with renewal in years two and three subject to continued federal funding. Program Grants are for the purpose of creating major homeless youth and child initiatives.
F. An in-kind and/or local match of 20% of the total project costs will be required for Program Grants.
H. A signed original and five photocopies of the completed application must be submitted.
For application information, please contact:
Federal Systems Team
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
FAX (207) 624-6700
Written questions concerning the RFP must be received on or
Federal Grant Award CFDA # 84.196
GUIDELINES TO BE USED FOR RATING PROPOSALS *
Proposals will be rated on need and quality of the proposal, including:
1. The applicant’s needs assessment and the likelihood that the program proposed will meet such needs;
The extent to which the SAU’s grant funds and local
matching funds will be used to facilitate the enrollment, retention and
educational success of homeless students in achieving Maine’s system of Learning Results;
The extent to which the applicant’s proposal identifies
a plan for continuous coordination with local services and agencies serving
4. The extent to which the applicant exhibits, in the application and in current practice, a commitment to education of all homeless children and youth through the integration of homeless children and youth within regular education programs;
5. Involvement of parents and guardians in the education of their children;
6. The commitment and capacity of the applicant to seek funds to continue services to homeless students beyond year two of the project; and
7. Quality of the evaluation plan.
* Please see the specific criteria for rating included in Appendix D