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Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools Program (EANS)

The Federal Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools (EANS) program was initially created as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act), the second federal economic stimulus package, passed in late 2020. A second allocation of funding to continue the EANS program was included in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has recently made these funds available to states. New York State has received an ARP EANS (EANS II) allocation of $251.2 million that will be made available to eligible religious and independent schools.

Similar to the administration of EANS funds included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021 (EANS I), the new EANS II funds will be directly administered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). NYSED has worked with the New York State Division of the Budget (DOB) and Governor’s Office to develop this program, consistent with the federal legislation and regulations.

All schools interested in receiving assistance as part of EANS II must submit a Letter of Intent to NYSED by November 8, 2021.

Schools that do not submit a Letter of Intent in one of the approved formats (see Cover Letter below) by the deadline will not be able to participate. Governor Hochul and NYSED encourage you to participate in this federally funded program.

Additionally, on October 20, 2021, USDE provided answers to NYSED’s inquiry from April 2021 concerning EANS eligibility and Federal PPP Loans. In short, USDE clarified that non-public schools affiliated with an entity (e.g. faith-based organizations, and charitable or other public services) that accepted PPP assistance are not necessarily precluded from receiving assistance under EANS. That is, if an organization and its affiliate schools have different tax id numbers/EINs, if the affiliated organization received PPP assistance but the school did not, or if a faith-based organization requested exemption to affiliation requirements, those schools may still apply for EANS if all other requirements are met. Schools that did not apply for EANS I based solely on previous PPP loan guidance, and believe they would now qualify based on revised USDE guidance, are invited to apply for EANS II.

For all of the details, please review all of the posted materials below.

Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) Program Cover Letter