The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, makes federal funds available to each state to support programs that meet the needs of homeless children and youth.

Current grant period: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023


The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) provides grants to Local Educational Agencies (LEA) through a competitive three-year subgrant process. This grant provides funds to districts to be used to establish educational programs and/or services that meet the purpose of the McKinney-Vento (MV) Act to promote the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth. Districts are encouraged to use funds to encourage coordination and collaboration with other local agencies to provide comprehensive services to homeless children and their families.

Grant Focus Areas

  • Focus Area #1 – Program Development & Improvement
  • Focus Area #2 – Student Success & Well-Being

Award Amounts

Grant awards are available in a range from approximately $3,000 to $40,000 per year and are disseminated in annual installments. Approximately 25-30 grants will be awarded depending on the number of quality applications received and funds available from the US Dept. of Education.

LEAs/Districts will be divided into four divisions based on their fall 2019 enrollment that was submitted via Idaho System for Educational Excellence (ISEE) to the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE).

  • Small Division = 1-1,000 students
  • Medium Division = 1,001-3,000 students
  • Large Division = 3,001-10,000 students
  • Big Division = 10,001-40,000 students

Subgrants will be awarded by division based on the total application score and only compared with other applications submitted within the same division. This is to ensure that “small” districts do not have to compete with “big” districts. The SDE will fund the highest scoring/ranked applicants first and continue until funding is exhausted.


Any local education agency serving students experiencing homelessness located within the state of Idaho is eligible to apply for funds under this program. Grants will be awarded on the basis of need and on the quality of the application submitted.