UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION IMPACT AID PROGRAM

Archived Information
January 11, 2006

Dear Colleague: The U.S. Department of Education is accepting grant applications from State educational agencies (SEAs) under the Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program and the Assistance for Homeless Youth program, two new grant programs authorized under the Hurricane Education Recovery Act (Act). A single application covers both grant programs, and the data requested will be used for quarterly payments under the Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program and determinations of eligibility and payments under the Assistance for Homeless Students program. The Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program (Section 107 of the Act) provides funds, for the 2005-2006 school year only, to eligible SEAs to enable them to make Emergency Impact Aid payments to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist with the cost of educating students displaced by Hurricane Katrina or Rita, for nonpublic schools serving displaced students, and for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)-funded schools serving displaced students. Under this program, States apply for grants based on data that they collect from LEAs and BIA-funded schools that have provided educational services for displaced students and homeless children and youth. States that receive these grants will make subgrants to LEAs. If parents have submitted applications on behalf of displaced children who are attending eligible non-public schools, local educational agencies will make payments to accounts at the nonpublic schools on behalf of those students. The remainder of the funds LEAs receive will be used to provide educational services for displaced students attending their public schools. Congress has appropriated $645 million for this program. The Assistance for Homeless Youth program (Section 106 of the Act) provides a separate source of funding to SEAs to address the needs of homeless students displaced by Hurricane Katrina or Rita. The Department will use data on displaced public school students collected under the Emergency Impact Aid program to make allocations under the Assistance for Homeless Youth program. After receiving their allocations, SEAs will award subgrants to LEAs on the basis of demonstrated need. LEAs must use the funds awarded under this program to support activities that are allowable under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Congress has appropriated $5 million for this program. The SEA application for these programs must be submitted via the Internet through the Department’s e-Application system, which you can find at http://e-grants.ed.gov/egWelcome.asp. Once you have submitted your electronic application, you must fax the signed cover page to us at 202-205-0088.

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Page 2 – Dear Colleague for Hurricane Relief In the application, you must report numbers of students displaced by Hurricane Katrina or Rita and served by local educational agencies, BIA-funded schools, and nonpublic schools within your State. The LEAs and BIA schools must submit applications to you with these data, which you will then total and forward to us. The parents of nonpublic school students are to submit applications to the LEAs. We have created templates that you may adapt for applications from LEAs, BIA schools, and nonpublic school parents, as well as a model certification from nonpublic schools to attest to the enrollment of the students whose parents submitted applications to the LEAs. These will be posted on the Department’s Hurricane Relief website, http://hurricanehelpforschools.gov/index.html, and we have sent them as e-mail attachments to the staff contacts in each State. The Department has identified four suggested quarterly count dates for identifying numbers of eligible displaced students: October 1, 2005; December 1, 2005; February 1, 2006; and April 1, 2006. States may use these dates or select count dates that fall within a 21-day range for each of the quarters, that is, within 10 calendar days before or after these dates. Each State must select four specific dates for the quarterly counts and use those dates consistently for all applicants within the State. The initial application must include data for at least one count date. If data are available for the first and second counts, they both may be reported on the initial application. The counts for the third and fourth quarters may be submitted as amendments to the initial application. Any amendments or revisions to previous submissions must be submitted by fax to the number given above, with a brief explanation for any changes that you make. A Federal Register notice with the due dates for the initial LEA and SEA applications will be published on January 12, 2006. Documents of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for both programs will be posted on the Department’s Hurricane Relief website and distributed to State contacts by e-mail. If you require assistance using the e-Application system, please contact the e-Application Helpdesk at 1-888-336-8930 (toll-free) between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Helpdesk can assist you with creating an account on the system, and with creating and submitting your electronic application. If you have questions about the Emergency Impact Aid program for displaced students, please contact my office at 202-260-3858 or by e-mail at Catherine.Schagh@ed.gov. If you have questions about the Assistance for Homeless Students program for children and youth displaced by Hurricane Katrina or Rita, please contact Gary Rutkin at 202-260-4412 or by e-mail at Gary.Rutkin@ed.gov. Sincerely,

Catherine Schagh, Director Impact Aid Program