ARP Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) II Grant Program

The ARP Act extends the EANS program authorized under section 312(d) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act), Pub. Law 116-260 (Dec. 27, 2020). Accordingly, with two exceptions, the requirements of ARP 2 EANS are the same as those in section 312(d) of the CRRSA Act. The two exceptions are: (1) a State educational agency (SEA) may only provide services or assistance under ARP EANS to non-public schools that enroll a significant percentage of low-income students and are most impacted by the COVID-19 emergency; and (2) an SEA may not use ARP EANS funds to provide reimbursements to any non-public school for costs the school incurred to address the impact of the COVID-19 emergency, as authorized under section 312(d)(4)(M) of the CRRSA Act.

ARP EANS II Application

Private non-profit schools may access the ARP EANS II application.

*Note: The application deadline is April 1st, 2022 at 11:59pm CST.

State ARP EANS II Application (to USDE)

Application for Funding

Note: PNP’s low-income student percentage must be at or above 22% to apply for ARP EANS II.

Sources of Poverty Data

  • Free or reduced-price lunch data
  • Scholarship or financial assistance data that is similar to free or reduced-price lunch eligibility
  • E-rate data

COVID-19 Impact Data

Per federal requirements, Section 2002(a) of the ARP Act requires an SEA to provide services and assistance to non-public school that is most impacted by the COVID-19 impact. Texas will be using two factors that will be used to determine which non-public schools are most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. The number of COVID-19 infections per capita in the community or communities served by the non-public school.
  2. The number of COVID-19 related deaths per capita in the community or communities served by the non-public school.

TEA’s methodology to determine which non-public schools have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will be comparing the data for the county in which your school resides to a statewide average collected at the end of the application window (04/01/22).

TEA Announcements

January 31st, 2022:

ARP EANS II Q&A session dates are now posted, please use the registration link to register for the event(s).

Register for Session #1 (2/2/2022) (1pm to 2pm CST)

Register for Session #2 (2/9/2022) (1pm to 2pm CST)

Register for Session #3 (2/10/2022) (1pm to 2pm CST)

TEA Guidance and FAQ

The following guidance is also available:

ARP EANS II Allowable Services and Assistance by Category

ARP EANS II Statewide Training: Video presentation from January 31st, 2022; training in PDF.

Refer to the EANS Grant Program FAQ for answers to common questions.

Use the EANS FAQ Submission form to submit new EANS questions to TEA staff.

ARP EANS II Program Timeline

Date

Event

01/03/2022

TEA receives ARP EANS II award from USDE

01/17/2022

TEA posts low-income threshold and COVID-19 data requirements and information

02/01/2022

TEA releases EANS application to PNPs; TEA notifies PNPs through email via the PNP listserv and TEPSAC/TPSA

04/01/2022

PNP applications due to TEA; TEA must approve/deny PNP applications within 30 days of receipt

04/30/2022

Last day for TEA to approve PNP applications

05/29/2022

Final day for TEA to announce amounts of Services for eligible PNPs.

Note: This date is subject to change until after validation has been completed for all schools.

08/2022

Approved PNPs will begin to receive services, if not before, from the contracted public entity selected by TEA

Note: The selected third-party vendor will be following statewide procurement processes, and as a result, it will be no earlier than this date. This date is subject to change until after validation has been completed for all schools.

09/30/2024

Last day for PNPs to receive services under ARP EANS II

Federal Guidance

The USDE Department of Education (USDE) publishes a FAQ on the EANS grant program, which is linked to the USDE's main EANS page. The FAQ addresses issues related to PNP eligibility (Section C) and types of services and assistance available (Section D).