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, 2023 - June 30, 2026


The Idaho Department of Education 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 range from approximately $2,700 to $40,000 per year and are disseminated in annual installments to the LEA/charter. Approximately 25-30 grants are awarded depending on the number of quality applications received and funds available from the US Department of Education.

Awards are based on the total application score. The Idaho Department of Education will fund the highest scoring application 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.

Current Grantees

District 2023 Award Amount
American Falls School District #381 $8,000
Blackfoot School District #55 $4,200
Boise School District #1 $29,000
Caldwell School District #132 $11,400
Coeur d'Alene School District #271 $20,000
COSSA School District #555 $2,700
Dietrich School District #314 $2,700
Emmett Independent School District $10,000
Fremont School District #215 $17,200
Idaho Arts Charter $2,700
Idaho Virtual Academy $4,800
Kellogg School District #391 $3,000
Lewiston School District #340 $23,500
Marsing School District #363 $5,000
Mountain View School District #244 $6,000
Nampa School District #131 $38,000
Pocatello School District #271 $9,400
Shelley Joint School District #60 $7,500
Twin Falls School District #411 $19,000
The Village Charter #473 $2,800
Wendell School District #232 $4,000
West Ada Joint School District #2 $49,000