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American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children and Youth Funds


The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), Congress’ most recent package for COVID-19 relief, will provide Wisconsin with $10,097,813 in funding specifically dedicated to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. This funding is referred to as American Rescue Plan - Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY). The funding is split into two tranches - ARP-HCY Part I (25% of the total allocation) and Part II (75% of the total allocation).

DPI distributed a total of $1,892,430 in ARP-HCY Part I funding to 49 LEAs around the state in August 2021. Open this document for a full list of LEAs awarded with ARP-HCY Part I funds 

In Fall 2021, DPI will release allocations for ARP-HCY Part II, which are to be determined on a formula basis. The formula set forth by the United States Department of Education (USDE) is based equally on the proportional share of an LEA's allocation under Title I-A for 2020-21, and the LEA's proportional share of the number of homeless children and youth identified by each LEA relative to all LEAs in the State, using the greater of the certified number of homeless children and youth in either the 2018-19 or 2019-20 school year in each LEA. 

ARP-HCY Part I Competitive Grant

DPI held a grant competition for American Rescue Plan Act-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) Part I funds in June 2021. The intent of the ARP-HCY grant is to distribute funds to LEAs with high numbers of students experiencing homelessness and high needs. Based on the higher number of students experiencing homelessness reported in the 2018-19 or 2019-20 certified data, LEAs with 100 or fewer students were eligible to apply for $30,000 and LEAs with over 100 students were eligible to apply for $50,000. Subrecipients will receive funding beginning in the 2021-22 school year and ARP-HCY Part I funds are expected to be available until June 30, 2024. Congratulations to the ARP-HCY competitive grant subrecipients:

  • School District of Baraboo
  • Beaver Dam Unified School District
  • Belleville School District
  • School District of Beloit
  • Chippewa Falls School District
  • D. C. Everest School District
  • Unified School District of De Pere
  • Hartford Union High School
  • Ithaca School District
  • Kaukauna Area School District
  • Kenosha Unified School District
  • La Casa de Esperanza Charter School
  • School District of Marshfield
  • Neenah Joint School District
  • Northland Pines School District
  • Osseo-Fairchild School District
  • Platteville School District
  • Plymouth Joint School District
  • Siren School District
  • Unity School District
  • Verona Area School District
  • Waterford Graded School District
  • Waterloo School District
  • School District of Waukesha
  • School District of Waupaca
  • West De Pere School District

Grant Documents

Grant ApplicationGrant Guidelines and Rubric
Certified Data Counts for 2018-19 and 2019-20
Information Session Presentation; Recording: 
Grant Announcement Memo

For questions about this information, contact Kristine Nadolski (608) 267-7338, Karen Rice (608) 267-1284, Clara Pfeiffer (608) 261-6324