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

The Colorado Department of Education is currently accepting new grant applications for the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program. For instructions to apply, program purposes, allowable use of funds, etc., refer to the Request for Applications and related items posted below. Funding will be available for four-year grants (2020-21 through 2023-24) based on annual appropriations for the three continuation years. Awarded grantees will submit continuation applications and budgets each of the continuing years.

The purpose of the EARSS Grant Program is to assist in providing educational service 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 application on any one, two or all three of the above EARSS-eligible categories.

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Interested in Reviewing EARSS Grant Applications?

Reviewers are being sought to review and score applications. The team review day is scheduled for April 2, 2020 in the Denver metro area. If interested, see the Recruitment Notice to find details regarding qualifications, time commitment, conflicts of interest, and a link for completing an application survey.


What has changed in this Request for Applications from last year’s Request for Proposals?

All applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read all application materials and the Frequently Asked Questions available at this webpage, as well as attend the information webinar or listen to its recording.  Some of the more notable upgrades to this funding opportunity are: 1) greater emphasis placed on educational services required to be included in applications, 2) referring to family engagement instead of family services, 3) a prescribed table being required for the Performance Objectives section, 4) a table being used, as an option, for a portion of the Program Description, and 5) the number of points being restricted if only a portion of cost calculations are included in the Budget Detail worksheet of the Excel file.

Important Dates:

  • Training Webinar: January 15, 2020, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Letter Of Intent Due: January 31, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
  • RFA Due: March 12, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
  • Team Review Day: April 2, 2020

Application Forms to Complete and Submit:

Request for Application- Electronic Submission Must Be Submitted by Thursday, March 12, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

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

Additional materials referenced in the application:

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

Attachment A: Definitions and Terms (PDF)

Attachment B: Colorado Revised Statutes Relevant to EARSS Grants (PDF)

Attachment C: Currently Funded EARSS Grantees (PDF)

Attachment D: Interagency Agreements (PDF)

Attachment E: Instructions and Table for Completing Section B: Performance Objectives (PDF)

Attachment F: Optional Tables for Section C: Program Description Criteria 3-5 (PDF)

Attachment G: Most Effective Strategies (PDF)

Attachment H: Final Performance Report (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This FAQ will continue to be updated as questions are posed and answered through the application deadline date of March 12, 2020. 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 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For a link to the recording, please email Tricia Walz.