Announcing the NEW 2021-23 Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Compliance Grant!
The purpose of the grant is to:
- Strive for equitable distribution of EHCY funds throughout the state of Wisconsin
- Provide increased technical support to districts to ensure compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
- Encourage recipients to go beyond compliance in one of the chosen pathways (see more information below)
- Provide the opportunity for districts to feel prepared to apply for the EHCY 3-year innovation grant
Funding: Year 1: $10,000, Year 2: $5,000
Requirements during the 2-year grant
- Complete the compliance review process.
- Participate in quarterly technical assistance calls and other meetings or trainings as requested by the DPI EHCY team.
- Complete a presentation on the results of the goals under the chosen pathway. The expectation for this presentation is that it is given to a wider audience (not only LEA staff). This could include a presentation in the community with stakeholders, a CESA presentation, other in-person or virtual presentations, or part of a DPI webinar.
All districts are required to get into compliance in ALL sections of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Particular focus will be placed on updating, revising or creating policies, procedures, and dispute resolution processes. In addition, recipients must choose one of the following pathways to focus on: Staff and Community Awareness OR Identification and Enrollment.
Staff and Community Awareness:
- Focus on ensuring all district staff are aware of the educational rights of students under McKinney-Vento; know who the homeless liaison is and how to contact them; and receive an in-depth training at least annually
- Targeted effort in connecting with community partners, housing coalitions, other stakeholders
- Disseminating public notice in creative ways and various locations
- Creating district materials with all educational rights, contact information, and other helpful information for families experiencing homelessness that can be distributed physically and used digitally or become content on LEA webpages
Identification and Enrollment:
- Focus on processes to identify homeless children upon enrollment or when they experience a loss of housing/change in housing status
- Processes and procedures for staff referral, ensuring students receive appropriate services, ensuring students are identified correctly in the LEA Student Information System
- Developing district specific materials such as residency questionnaires or residency questions embedded within the registration/enrollment materials; materials with educational rights, contact information, and other helpful information for families experiencing homelessness
- Examining data for trends in identification and performance of students experiencing homelessness
Please note: Current recipients of the 2020-23 EHCY 3-year (Innovation) grant are ineligible to apply for the Compliance Grant.
2021-23 EHCY Compliance Grant Information
Grant applications are due to firstname.lastname@example.org on April 23, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
2021-23 EHCY Compliance Grant Application (Word)
2021-23 EHCY Compliance Grant Application (PDF)
Applicants must use the PDF version of the application if they do not have access to Microsoft Word. Do not attempt to open the Word version in Google Drive. For all features to work, the PDF form should be downloaded and opened in Acrobat Reader rather than filled out in the browser.
Grant Guidelines and Rubric
Compliance Grant Webinar
DPI hosted an informational webinar on March 18th at 9:00 a.m. View the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/Yb7769sK_Ww.
Compliance Grant Informational Webinar Presentation
Grant Announcement Memo
2021-23 EHCY Compliance Grant Timeline
Grant Application Available
March 15, 2021
Grant Application due to DPI
April 23, 2021
Applicants notified of intent to fund