The Ohio Department of Education is pleased to announce a statewide funding opportunity for eligible Head Start programs, Joint Vocational School Districts, schools and districts to support the needs of students experiencing homelessness. While the American Rescue Plan Homeless rounds I and II have focused on providing supports to schools and districts with large populations of students experiencing homelessness, this grant supports organizations that have not received funds but can have significant impact on students experiencing homelessness. For more information on this application opportunity, access the ARP Homeless Targeted Support Grant: Request for Application.

Ohio is taking a multifaceted approach to help students recover from the impact of the pandemic, as evidenced by Future Forward Ohio. Future Forward Ohio has three interrelated strategies: (1) overcoming obstacles to learning, (2) accelerating learning and (3) preparing students for future success. The ARP Homeless Targeted Support Grant is an important investment in overcoming obstacles to learning.

Examples of Funding Uses

The allowable uses for this grant align with those of the American Rescue Plan Homeless II grant. Grantees can work within the allowable uses to support programs and services for students experiencing homelessness. Examples of how grantees can use the funds include:

  • Providing a stipend for personnel to review enrollment procedures to reduce enrollment and attendance barriers. This stipend can also support personnel to establish relationships with local resources so that they can connect students experiencing homelessness with community partners.

  • Providing stipends for personnel to attend professional development to bolster their understanding of identifying students experiencing homelessness and understanding their unique needs.
  • Creating a mentorship program for families and students experiencing homelessness to help guide students to succeed in the future.
  • Supplementing transportation resources to transport students experiencing homelessness to and from school and school-related activities.
  • Establishing a space for students experiencing homelessness to access school supplies, clothing and other education-related needs.

For questions about if a program or resource is an allowable use, contact Ashley Heuser at  Ashley.Heuser@education.ohio.gov or 614-441-0886.


Grantees can use these funds to find creative solutions to meet the unique and exceptional needs of students experiencing homelessness.

The Department will award $10,000 grants for grantees to do any of the following:
  • Provide families with housing insecurity the knowledge and resources to ensure educational stability and consistency
  • Provide for the essential, basic needs of students experiencing homelessness and
  • Bolster existing and/or create new wrap-around services and supports.

The application involves proposing a budget and answering three questions in CCIP.

Eligible Applicants

The Department will consider applicants from the following categories:

  • Head Start programs that received the Early Childhood Education Grant from the Department with access to the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan,

  • Joint Vocational School Districts and

  • Community schools and traditional public-school districts with the full-time equivalent of fewer than ten (10) identified students experiencing homelessness in the 2020-2021 school year reported in EMIS.


Application Information

Important Grant Dates

  • August 29, 2022: Notice of Grant Opportunity announced

  • September 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Virtual Bidders Conference is a one-hour information session to learn more about this grant opportunity and the application process. This is not required and will be recorded and posted on this website afterwards. The Department has extended the deadline of the grant from October 17 to November 4. As such, some of the dates and deadlines in the bidders conference are no longer correct. Please see below for the most updated deadlines:
  • December 30, 2022: Grant submissions are due on or before 4:59 pm.
Accommodations for the Bidders Conference: The Ohio Department of Education is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Aleshia McNutt, ADA coordinator, at ADAaccommodation@education.ohio.gov or (614) 387-2200 (voice) no later than Sept. 1.


For more information or questions, contact Ashley Heuser at  Ashley.Heuser@education.ohio.gov or 614-441-0886.

*Due to stakeholder feedback, the deadline of the grant has been extended from Oct. 17 to November 4. 

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