The EARSS program is authorized by Colorado Revised Statute 22-33-205 to fund competitive grant proposals for which the purposes are to provide education services and support services to expelled students, and/or students at risk of being expelled, and/or students at risk of being declared, or already are, habitually truant.
The EARSS program is considered to be an early intervention program. It's intended to assist school districts in meeting statutory obligations to identify students at-risk of disciplinary action (i.e. violating the Code of Conduct) and habitual truancy as early as possible so support plans can be made, in conjunction with the student's family, to assist the student with avoiding future disciplinary action.
- For a quick overview of the size and scope of the program, refer to the EARSS Fact Sheet and Infographic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to these questions:
- Who is eligible to apply for an EARSS grant?
- What kind of programs and strategies can be funded with an EARSS grant?
- What are the allowable uses of EARSS grant funds?
Requests for Proposals (RFP)
The department expects to release the next Request for Proposals for EARSS funds December 13, 2017. Contingent upon annual appropriations by the state legislature, the grant will fund a 4-year period beginning July 1, 2018.
Even though a funding priority has been set to first fund applicants that have not been funded in the past three years, those that have been funded in the past three years should not be deterred from applying. Fifteen applicants were awarded in the 2016 competition whereas ten of the fifteen had been funded in the past three years.
Some changes from last year’s application criteria include:
- The funding limit to not exceed $2,500 per anticipated number of students to be served has been raised to $3,000 per student.
- The funding limit of $6,000 for evaluation services has been raised to $10,000.
- Current grantees of the one-time offered, short-term Restorative Practices grant may apply provided their fiscal agent is not a currently funded 4-year grantee.
- School districts being served by a BOCES currently funded with a 4-year EARSS grant may apply, provided that the district proposes services different than the BOCES’ EARSS-funded services.
Timeline for Application and Award Process
An informative webinar about the grant and application process will be delivered on January 18, 2018 from 2 to 3 PM. A recorded link of this webinar will be available at the RFP homepage. (Check back here beginning December 13, 2017 for the link.) The deadline for proposals is March 14, 2018. Applicants recommended for funding will be notified in April. Awards will be approved by the State Board of Education at their June 13-14, 2018 board meeting.
Funds cannot be encumbered prior to July 1, 2018. Funds are typically made available by mid- to late-August.
EARSS Restorative Practices Grant
Information about the Restorative Practices Grant and list of those funded.