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

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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 2r 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.

Program Description

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 program is based on a three-year grant cycle.
Grantees strive to enhance the educational experience homeless students receive by successfully implementing at least one academic progress, school support, and collaboration performance objective. Grantees submit timely reports on the educational and financial administration of their program. Compliance monitoring and evaluation of these reports provide a basis for measuring success of local McKinney-Vento goals and establish the foundation for future funding.

Who is Eligible to Apply

All Wisconsin LEAs, which includes public school districts and 2r 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 $750,000 of grant awards are made available to Wisconsin LEAs.

2017-20 Three-Year Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Grant Application and Guidelines

Grant Application

PI-9550-XC-Yr3-App Three-Year Application Education for Homeless Children and Youth - Applications were due to DPI on Friday, April 14, 2017. The application period is now closed.

Grant Guidelines

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program Three-Year Grant Application Guidelines 2017-2020
Please see update to guidelines regarding data retrieval from WISEdash in the LEA Homeless Data portion of the instructions section.

Memorandum from Dr. Tony Evers announcing the 2017-20 EHCY Grant Application
Sent via U.S. Mail on March 3, 2017, to LEA and CESA Administrators, Education Committee Chairs, nonpublic representatives, professional organizations, and chartering authorities.

2020-23 EHCY Grant Timeline

EHCY TImeline

Timeline for the 2020-23 Grant Cycle Coming Soon!

 

Awards from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Award

2015 : Jani Koester along with the Madison Metropolitan School District's Transition Education Program (TEP) won "Outstanding Program" for the Who We Are: Voices in Our Community.

2013 : Madison Metropolitan School District's Transition Education Program (TEP) won "Best Targeted Campaign" for the Make Room For Youth video.

2011 : Milwaukee Public Schools' Homeless Education Program won "Outstanding School-Based Program" and Jani Koester of the Madison Metropolitan School District's Transitional Education Program received the "The Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award." 

2010 : Green Bay School District won "Outstanding School-Based Program".

2010 : Beloit School District won "Outstanding Media Presentation" for Sixteen Hours and Forty-Nine Minutes.

2007 : Wisconsin Rapids School District won "Outstanding School-Based Program." 

2006 : Kenosha Unified School District won "Outstanding School-Based Program." 

2004 : Madison Metropolitan School District won "Outstanding School-Based Program." 

For questions about this information, please contact our State EHCY Coordinators Kristine Nadolski at (608) 267-7338 and Karen Rice at (608) 267-1284.