Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools Program (EANS)

The MSDE would like to announce that the second round of Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) funding will open this week! The application window will open on January 21, 2022 and close on February 4. We recognize your need for this funding opportunity to address educational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 emergency, and we appreciate the work you’ve put into continuing to educate Maryland’s children. A comprehensive guidelines packet, online application, and other pertinent information related to the EANS program will be posted on this website.

Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools: Round Two
January 21 - February 4, 2022


Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools: Round Two Grant Guide
Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools: Round Two Apply Here

What is EANS?

The Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) program provides emergency assistance or services to eligible nonpublic schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the program is to support the safe opening and operating costs of nonpublic schools during the pandemic. 

The EANS program is authorized in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) fund. Maryland’s EANS program allocation is $35,878,533, including $200,000 for administration. 

The EANS is a part of the Governor's fund, and of which the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) must administer. The MSDE cannot pass funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to administer. Additionally, EANS is not a grant program. Instead, the law requires that the MSDE directly provide services or assistance to nonpublic schools. The MSDE owns and retains control of any materials and equipment purchased as part of the EANS program.

Who can apply?

This funding opportunity is for Maryland nonpublic schools that:

  • Meet the State definition of Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • Comply with the regulatory definition of Elementary School;
  • Did not and will not apply for and receive a loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (15 U.S.C. 636(a) (37)) that is made on or after December 27, 2020;
  • Is authorized or registered to operate in Maryland; 
  • Has been operating since and open prior to March 13, 2020; and
  • Is not a stand-alone preschool

When will the application be open?

January 21, 2022 through February 4, 2022.

How do I apply?

There are 2 ways to apply:
  • Complete the online application here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDEANS). A PDF copy of the application is included in the guidelines packet so that nonpublic schools can begin to prepare for their submission in advance.

  • The MSDE will also accept paper applications. Applications must be mailed via United States Postal Service (USPS) with tracking. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than Friday January 28 and received to the MSDE office no later than Friday February 4, 2022. Please be sure to allow for additional time for any mail processing delays.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • Phone: call 855-476-5011 and a customer service specialist will respond to calls: 
    Monday-Friday, 8am – 6pm EST and Saturdays 9am – 3pm
  • Email: send an email to mdeansprogram.msde@maryland.gov

What if I need help with the application?

The MSDE will hold two customer service support sessions to review the program, go through the application, and get your questions answered. Register for a session by sending an email to mdeansprogram.msde@maryland.gov. Virtual sessions will be held:

January 24, 2022 from 10-11am
February 1, 2022 from 2-3pm


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