State Partnerships on Student Homelessness Project: Request for Proposals

State Partnerships on Student Homelessness Project: Request for Proposals



Launched in 2018, Education Leads Home (ELH) is a national campaign focused on improving education and life outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

ELH is excited to announce the State Partnerships on Student Homelessness Project to support the planning and implementation of state-specific strategies that leverage best practices to support access to and success in early care and education for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

The Project will award grants and provide technical assistance to the Governors and Chief State School Officers (CCSOs) in up to nine grantee states to develop and implement state-level activities that will result in measurable progress in one or more of the following areas:

1) Reaching equitable participation in quality early childhood programs for young children experiencing homelessness

2) Increasing high school graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness.

3) Increasing postsecondary attainment of young people experiencing homelessness.

4) Increasing collaboration between schools, housing, and community-based organizations.

The activities that Governors or CSSOs may initiate to advance their articulated goal(s) will depend on their priorities, the state’s unique demographics, and the quality of its inter-agency relationships in the early care, education, housing, and community-based organizational sectors. ELH partners are eager to work in partnership with state leaders to provide direct technical assistance to shape and support effective actions on education and child and youth homelessness.

Proposals Due: October 31, 2018, 9:00 pm (EST)
Selection Announcement: November 26, 2018
Funding Available: Up to $20,000 in grant funds and services
Period of Performance: December 2018 – December 2019
Bidders’ Conference Call: September 24, 2018, 1:00-1:45pm (EST) \\ Conference line: (669) 224-3412 \\ Access code: 897-415-501
Eligibility: Any Governor or Chief State School Officer (CSSO) is eligible to apply. The Governor must sign all proposals to indicate approval of participation and project proposal

Download the Application (Word Doc.)

Education Leads Home (ELH) Contact for Information and Proposal Submission:


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can a nonprofit serve as the fiscal agent for the grant?

A: Yes, a nonprofit can serve as the fiscal agent, if the Governor submits a letter in support of the project and the proposal specifies the role of the Governor and/or CSSO. The proposal must explain not only that the Governor supports the nonprofit’s work, but must also indicate how the Governor and/or CSSO will provide leadership for the project and how he/she will be actively engaged in promoting the state plan.

Q: Can a nonprofit be the sole grantee?

A: No, a nonprofit cannot be the sole grantee. One of the primary purposes of the project is to encourage and facilitate engagement of state leadership in supporting students experiencing homelessness. If the Governor or CSSO is not providing leadership for the execution of the project, this goal is not realized.

Q: Our state will be experiencing a gubernatorial transition and/or change in CSSO in the next few months. Can we still apply for a grant?

A: It depends. The RFP specifies that, if there is to be a transition in state leadership, the proposal must provide a detailed transition plan. Unless the current governor/CSSO can commit that her/his replacement will follow the plan outlined in the proposal, it will be difficult for the selection committee to adequately evaluate the proposal and ascribe it a high enough score to obtain funding.