Funding for Eligible California Private Schools Should Be Available Soon


Catholic and other private schools will soon have the opportunity to apply for $187.4 million the state of California will be receiving as part of the federal Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS) funding.

The California Catholic Conference worked alongside the California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO) to petition the Governor’s office to apply for funding from a $2.75 billion fund for EANS established by the federal government. Schools that did not apply for the second round of Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) loans are eligible for the funds. Once received, the state has 30 days to release an application that private schools will use to request funding for pandemic-related services, assistance, and reimbursements.

One notable difference between this and other COVID-19 related assistance programs for schools is that EANS funding bypasses Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and will be administered by the California Department of Education. In addition, the funds do not deem participants as recipients of federal financial assistance, which normally puts constraints such as Title IX restrictions on the use of the funds.  

The UCSSB has released an extensive FAQ about EANS funding that can be found here.

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