Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Announces 2016 Education Grant Program

Friday, February 26, 2016

These grants support the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Since 1996, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless (OYH) has made a portion of its funding available for education-related needs of children and youth without permanent homes. The purpose of this program is to remove barriers for homeless youth to participate in school and to improve student academic success.

In addition to the traditional emphasis on school supplies and equipment for students, OYH is encouraging proposals that identify indicators which link outcomes to funds distributed and that demonstrate a well-documented, thorough, and comprehensive approach to providing educational services.

Please note: This year OYH has made tutoring and transportation costs eligible activities.


DUE DATE: April 11th, 2016

MAXIMUM GRANT: $7,500 for each agency in a school year. (Hunger and Homeless Grants and other Special Projects are considered under a separate review process and do not count toward this limit.)

ELIGIBLE AGENCIES: Only Minnesota homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, supportive housing agencies, and school districts with an active Title I Homeless Youth Program are eligible to apply for funding. Agencies with multiple service sites should submit only one application for all sites.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES: This funding is available only for purposes that will assist homeless youth in their educational pursuits. An itemized list of how the funds will be used and the impact of each item will be required. Typical grant requests include school supplies, books, uniforms, and activity costs. See our past grants for more information on what activities have been awarded. 

INELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES: Ineligible activities include operating costs, salaries (except for tutoring), employee benefits, and agency-sponsored after-school activities (aside from tutoring and other academic programs).

REVIEW PROCESS: The Grant Review Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. Only complete applications emailed or postmarked by April 1st, 2015 will be reviewed by the committee. Applicants are not allowed to make personal presentations.

The committee uses the following criteria to review applications:
• Eligibility of agency
• Compatibility of funding request with mission and goals of OYH
• Need and impact of funding
• Outcome objectives relative to improving student academic success
• Cost effectiveness
• The degree to which other funding resources have been utilized or sought
• Completeness of application

The OYH Board of Directors considers the Grant Review Committee’s recommendations and makes the final decision on each complete application. The Board reserves the right to reject any application or portion thereof.

Check the OYH website in late June for the complete list of newly approved education grants. Grant checks will be distributed in July and August 2015.

Agencies that have previously received Education Grant funding from OYH must complete the grant closure requirements for all prior grants before receiving additional funding.

Visit OYH's website for more.