The following opportunities are available for eligible nonpublic schools in New York State:
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Academic Intervention for Nonpublic Schools (AIS)
- Learning Technology Grant Program (LTG)
- Mandated Services Aid (MSA)/Comprehensive Attendance Program (CAP)
- Mathematics, Science, & Technology Teachers in Religious & Independent Schools (MST)
- Safety Equipment Funding for Nonpublic Schools
The federally-funded program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, supports the creation of community learning centers that operate programs during non-school hours for students, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, and their families. By providing tutoring and other academic enrichment activities along with a broad array of youth development opportunities that complement their regular academic programs, these centers help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as English language arts and math. In addition, literacy and other educational services are offered to families of students participating in the program.
The Academic Intervention for Nonpublic Schools (AIS) is a one hundred percent state funded grant, based upon Commissioner's Regulations 100.2. Originally created in 2003-2004, this fund was created to assist the teachers and administrators of those nonpublic schools which administer the state English Language Arts (ELA) and Math exams, and have students scoring at levels one and two. The grant provides reimbursement funds for professional development of educational personnel or the purchase of instructional materials (such as new ELA and Math programs, curricula and books) designed to assist these lower scoring students, in the hopes of raising the bar of student performance on the State assessments.
Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Grant Allocations (Year 6) – Below are links to the Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Grant information for Year 6 (2022-23 School Year)
- AIS Program Guidance
- AIS Program Allocation Listing
- AIS Program Reimbursement Form
- AIS Pooling Guidance
The Learning Technology Grant Program (LTG) is run by the Office of Educational Design & Technology.
LTG is a competitive, three-year New York State grant program, based upon Commissioner’s Regulations 144.8. The purpose of this grant is to develop, implement, and share innovative programs that utilize learning technologies to personalize learning and/or increase access to high-quality, rigorous learning experiences (such as through online, distance, or blended learning), as well as professional development programs to assist teachers and educational leaders in effectively utilizing learning technology to enhance teaching and learning. These programs (and component activities, materials, courses, etc.) will focus on improving culturally- and linguistically-responsive learning environments, and will support the mission of the NYS Board of Regents, which is to ensure that every child has equitable access to the highest quality educational opportunities, services and supports in schools that provide effective instruction aligned to the state’s standards, as well as positive learning environments so that each child is prepared for success in college, career, and citizenship.
Eligible applicants include public schools districts, BOCES and consortiums thereof. All public school district applicants, either independent or as part of a consortium, must give religious and independent schools within their boundaries the opportunity to participate. Religious and independent schools choosing to participate must be given the opportunity for meaningful and substantial involvement in the development of the proposal. The current grant period is from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024. All questions regarding LTG please email LTG@nysed.gov or contact the Office of Educational Design and Technology at (518) 474-5461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandated Services Aid (MSA) is a state reimbursement program which began in 1974 for nonpublic schools that participate in certain mandates of the Commissioner regarding data reporting, pupil testing and pupil evaluation. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, a nonpublic school must provide instruction in accordance with section 3204 of the Education Law; require students to attend full time instruction according to section 3205 of the Education Law; not be the recipients of other State or local aid, directly or indirectly, (e.g. tuition payments); and be a not-for-profit corporation. The nonpublic must be recognized as a school by the filing of a BEDS report, and have met the all other requirements of the mandate(s) in a timely fashion; and be able to produce documentation (if necessary) to satisfy the requirements of the mandate. Currently, there are a total of 17 mandates for which schools may be eligible for reimbursement. Questions about filing for Mandated Services are handled by the MSA-CAP Office.
The Comprehensive Attendance Policy (CAP) was promulgated by the Board of Regents for all schools in June, 2002. The attendance policy must encompass the nine points outlined in Commissioner’s Regulations 104.1(i) [external link] , within the State Education Department’s website. All nonpublic schools must have such a policy on file and may be asked to produce the policy during a site visit, or claim review. CAP claims always occur after the MSA claim for a specific year; in fact, a school is not eligible for CAP in a particular school year if it has not filed the MSA claim for that year. More information about Comprehensive Attendance Policy claims can be obtained by calling the MSA-CAP Office.
Contact Information for Mandated Services Aid and Comprehensive Attendance Policy:
New York State Education Department
Office of MSA/CAP
89 Washington Avenue
Room 1078 EBA
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3936
Fax: (518) 474-4674
Mathematics, Science, & Technology Teachers in Religious & Independent Schools Grant (MST) - Year 5 Funds to reimburse religious and independent schools for Mathematics, Science, and Technology teachers were appropriated in the 2020-21 enacted State budget. The program is governed by Section 3037 of Education Law, added by Chapter 59 of 2017. Religious and independent schools that employ eligible teachers of Mathematics, Science, or Technology may seek reimbursement.
Links to the MST 2021-2022 (Year 5) Guidance, Reimbursement Form and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found below:
MST Year 4 (2020-2021 school year) applications are under review, once completed the allocations will be calculated and a notification will be sent out. If there are questions concerning your Year 4 application(s), SORIS staff will reach out to you.
3/30/2022 - Mathematics, Science, & Technology Teachers in Religious & Independent Schools Grant (MST) Year 3 Reimbursements
The State Office of Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS) has completed the application review for year three of the Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST) Teachers in Religious and Independent Schools program. The New York State Education Department received nearly 1,600 applications from over 300 schools for the third year of the grant, and I am writing to share the results for your school.
For the 2019-2020 school year, $30 million was appropriated for the MST program. Education Law § 3037(2)(b), which authorizes the program, provides that in the event that the applications for reimbursement exceed the $30 million appropriation, then each applicant shall only be reimbursed in an amount equal to the percentage each such applicant represents to the total of all applications submitted. Since the total approved applications submitted for reimbursement under such section totaled $74,350,286, staff prorated each approved application by approximately 40.35%, which represents the percentage of the appropriation compared to the total approved reimbursable claims.