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Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) Request for Proposals

The Colorado Department of Education is currently accepting new grant proposals for the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program. For instructions to apply, program purposes, allowable uses of funds, etc., refer to the Request for Proposal and related items posted below. Funding will be available for four-year grants (2019-20 through 2022-23) based on annual appropriations for the three continuation years. Awarded grantees will submit continuation applications and budgets each of the next three years.

The purpose of the EARSS Grant Program is to assist in providing educational and supportive, early intervention services to EARSS-eligible students. “EARSS-eligible” students are expelled students, students at-risk of expulsion, and enrolled truant or habitually truant students. Truancy is based on unexcused absences. Habitually truant students refers to students of compulsory school age.  Applicants must focus their proposal on any one, two or all three of the above EARSS-eligible categories.

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Application to Review EARSS Grant Proposals:

Peer reviewers are being sought for reviewing and scoring proposals. The team review day is scheduled for April 5, 2019 in the Denver metro area. If interested, check back here for a reviewer Recruitment Notice to find details regarding qualifications, time commitment, to disclose conflicts of interest, and to find a link for completing an application survey.

PLEASE NOTE: Several changes have been made in the RFP from previous application processes. Please thoroughly read the Overview section and scoring criteria in order to submit a proposal that conforms to this current funding opportunity's criteria.

Application forms to complete and submit:

Request for Proposal - Electronic Submission Must be Submitted by Friday, March 15, 2019 no later than 11:59pm. Deadline is extended to 11:59pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 due to blizzard closures. (Posted 3/14/19)

The submission includes the proposal narrative components as one document and also the proposal's budget excel file.

Additional materials referenced in the proposal:

Attachments referenced in the RFP are offered here as separate files so applicants can more quickly access information and can more easily share specific information with others.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This FAQ file will continue to be updated as questions are posed and answered through the proposal deadline date of March 15, 2019.  Program staff may alert eligible applicants that have submitted Letters of Intent when new information is posted.  An updated date will be shown to indicate the most recent FAQ posted.


An application training webinar was held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

To request the link for the recorded webinar, email Tricia Walz.



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