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Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Grant Application and Guidance

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Grant Overview

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program is offering Wisconsin local educational agencies (LEAs), which include public school districts and independent charter schools, or a consortium of LEAs an opportunity to apply for a three‑year EHCY grant. The intent of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act legislation is to ensure that all children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence receive access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a preschool education, as provided to other children and youth. To meet this goal, DPI and LEAs are required to develop, review, and revise policies to remove barriers to the enrollment, attendance, and the academic success of children and youth experiencing homelessness and provide homeless children and youth with the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held. The EHCY grant program receives an annual grant award from the United States Department of Education (USDE). DPI awards these funds to eligible LEAs and consortia through a competitive and discretionary process. Each year’s grant award may vary, depending upon the amount of the federal grant award from USDE. The EHCY grant is on a three-year grant cycle.

Who is Eligible to Apply

All Wisconsin LEAs, which includes public school districts and independent charter schools, or a consortium of LEAs, headed by a designated lead LEA or Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA), are eligible to apply for an EHCY program grant.

Amount of Funds Available

Varies annually based on federal funding. Generally, about $800,000 of grant awards are made available to Wisconsin LEAs.

2020-23 Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Grant Information

Grant Application and Guidelines

The grant application window is now closed. Grant applications were due through Qualtrics on May 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 
Click the following link for a list of questions from the 2020-23 Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Application.
Follow this link to view the informational webinar presentation and this link to view the recorded webinar.

Grant Guidelines and Other Forms
2020-23 EHCY Grant Guidelines *Updates made 4/29
2020-23 EHCY Grant Data Walkthrough *Updates made 4/6/2020
For applicants that were not able to obtain electronic signatures in Qualtrics:
Form 9550-XC-A: Assurances Signature Page
Form 9550-XC-L: Certification Page
Form 9550-XC-C: Consortium Verification Page

Grant Announcement Memo from State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor

2020-23 Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Announcement

2020-23 EHCY Grant Timeline

EHCY TImeline


Grant Application Available

February 24, 2020

Grant Application due to DPI

May 1, 2020

Applicants notified of intent to fund

July 2020

For questions about this information, contact Clara Pfeiffer (608) 261-6324