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

The Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) grant is part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) II Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act signed into law in December 2020. EANS provides funding for services to non-public schools suffering the impact of COVID-19. Allowable uses of EANS funding include costs associated with safely reopening schools, continuing instruction, addressing learning loss, supporting educational technology, and reimbursing for certain coronavirus-related expenses. Funds may be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the COVID-19 national emergency was declared, and must be fully expended by September 30, 2023.

EANS I Approved Service Allocations

Per EANS federal guidelines the private school cannot apply for and receive a loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(37)) that is made on or after December 27, 2020. This requirement will be verified by TEA. If your school did apply for and received a PPP loan, you must notify TEA by July 23, 2021, by email to EANS@tea.texas.gov, so that your school can be removed from the EANS service allocation list.

Service Allocation List for EANS I

TEA will reopen the EANS I application for services on August 30, 2021, and accept additional requests for services under EANS I.

TEA Announcements (June 28, 2021)

All approved EANS I requests from private nonprofit schools, as previously notified, will be fully funded. Round 2 requests may be reduced proportionally based on the required prioritization criteria as needed.

USDE has clarified the following types of activities as unallowable under EANS. If TEA had previously approved these items, they will be removed from your application before determining the amounts for services.

  • Touchless toilets
  • Touchless faucets
  • Substitute teachers while PNP teachers are out with COVID-19

TEA will continue to update the allowable/unallowable activity list as USDE provides clarifications.

How to Receive EANS Information Directly from TEA

Information will be shared through TEPSAC and TPSA and through TEA's private nonprofit school (PNP) email list. If you are not on our email list for private schools, you may join at the Texas Education Agency Updates page by following these steps:

  1. Choose your subscription type (the way you would like to receive updates).
  2. Enter your email address or text information and click "Submit."
  3. On the lengthy list of available topics that opens, scroll down to the bolded Texas Schools heading.
  4. Check the box next to Private Nonprofit (PNP) Schools.
  5. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

TEA Guidance

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. 

TEA staff has prepared a training presentation with an overview of the EANS grant and guidance in completing the grant application. In addition, the video from the April 7, 2021, training includes guidance on the grant program and the application process.

Low-Income Determination Data

Free- and Reduced-Price Lunch Income Eligibility Criteria: This information may be helpful to private schools in determining local low income data that is aligned to National Free- and Reduced-Price Lunch eligibility data.

Title I Campus List by District Name, with Low Income Student Percentage: This information can be used by private schools using the proportionality method to determine their number of low income students.

    Project Timeline

    • 02/26/2021: TEA receives EANS award from USDE
    • 03/22/2021: TEA publishes EANS website
    • 03/26/2021: TEA releases EANS application to PNPs; TEA notifies PNPs through email via the PNP listserv and TEPSAC/TPSA
    • 05/28/2021: PNP applications due to TEA; TEA must approve/deny PNP applications within 30 days of receipt
    • 06/28/2021: Last day for TEA to approve PNP applications
    • 07/23/2021: Final day for TEA to announce amounts of Services for eligible PNPs
    • 08/23/2021: Approved PNPs will begin to receive services, if not before, from the contracted public entity selected by TEA
    • 08/30/2021: TEA will open a second round of applications for EANS I services; more information will be forthcoming
    • 09/30/2023: Last day for PNPs to receive services under EANS

    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).