EANS I Update

The Cash Request programing for EANS I is currently being tested and finalized. It is our goal to have this application live by September 24, 2021. This will be followed by a release of the procurement process for items and services. As each of those functions becomes operational, you will be sent an email with detailed instructions on how to navigate that part of the process. We understand the importance of these items to the Private and Home schools we are serving. We are striving to have both processes available as soon as our teams can be certain they perform in an efficient manner. 

Again, we thank you for your patience and want you to know that we recognize all of you who are working so hard to provide quality education to the students of Montana. The work you are doing with our students is greatly appreciated. Meeting your needs and requests in a timely manner is our ultimate goal.


EANS I Grant Brochure


OPI Discussion on Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) Webinars


Webinar 2 - April 1st, 2021

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Webinar 1 - March 25th, 2021

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Passed in December 2020, the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act included a provision to provide funds for non-public schools to address educational disruptions as a result of COVID-19. Known as Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS), this funding is being administered by the OPI to help home and private schools as they deal with the effects of COVID on Montana's students. 

Read the EANS Press Release

Application & Updates

OPI has created an application that will allow eligible home and private schools to apply for these funds, which has been released via the OPI's  E-Grants system. If you are new to the  E-Grants system, follow the guidance in the Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools New Legal Entity Process to navigate the process of becoming a new legal entity. Within 48 hours an email containing your user name and password will be sent to you by the OPI Security Officer. After receiving your user name and password, you may go into EGrants to complete the application process. For assistance in completing this or any part of the EANS application process contact Janey Salomon at janey.salomon@mt.govor 406-410-1246.

Timeline for EANS Funds


February 22, 2021 – Submit Montana certification and agreement to OESE

February 23 – Receive funding from OESE

March 2 – Bring website up with proposed program

March 2 – Initiate outreach to private schools and home school parents

June 1 - Initial due date for Private and Non-Public Schools (PNPs) to submit EANS I applications

June 18 - Application Review process begins in the order of submission

July 15 – Final deadline for PNPs to submit applications for EANS I funds (extended by OPI)

August 23 – All EANS funds must be obligated by the OPI

September of 2023 – End of grant period



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Private Schools*

  • Total Private Schools - 115
  • Total Students - 7,600
  • High School Students - 1,703
  • Elementary Students - 5,897



A Look at the Numbers 


Home Schools*

  • Total Home Schools - 5,745
  • Total Enrollment - 9,875
  • Elementary Enrollment - 8,166
  • High School Enrollment - 1,709




 *Home and private school and student numbers reflect the most recent data from the annual non-public school collection completed in October 2020.


More Specifics on EANS Funding


Highlights from FAQ Document


More Information & Links




What types of services or assistance may a non-public school receive? 

(Question D-1 from the Department of Education FAQ Document)

A non-public school may apply to receive services and assistance from the SEA or its contractors to address educational disruptions resulting from COVID-19 for:

• Supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities (See D-3)
• Personal protective equipment (PPE)
• Improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems
• Training and professional development for staff on sanitization, the use of PPE, and minimizing
the spread of infectious diseases
• Physical barriers to facilitate social distancing
• Other materials, supplies, or equipment recommended by the CDC for reopening and operation of
school facilities to effectively maintain health and safety
• Expanding capacity to administer coronavirus testing to effectively monitor and suppress the
• Educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and
adaptive equipment) to assist students, educators, and other staff with remote or hybrid learning
• Redeveloping instructional plans, including curriculum development, for remote or hybrid
learning, or to address learning loss
• Leasing sites or spaces to ensure safe social distancing
• Reasonable transportation costs
• Initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote or hybrid
learning or to address learning loss
• Reimbursement for the expenses of any services or assistance described above that a non-public
school incurred on or after March 13, 2020, except for services or assistance described in D-8.
(See section 312(d)(4)).



May a non-public school receive reimbursement for COVID-19-related expenses? 

(Question D-2 from Department of Education FAQ Document)

Yes. A non-public school may request reimbursement in its application for expenses it has incurred or will incur for most allowable services or assistance. (See D-1). An SEA may reimburse a non-public school only for expenses for allowable services or assistance it incurred on or after March 13, 2020, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, that have not already been reimbursed with Federal funds, including PPP. Reimbursements under the EANS program do not make non-public schools 11 recipients of Federal financial assistance. (See D-7). With respect to a request in a non-public school’s application for reimbursement of future services or assistance, the SEA should have a process in place to review the requested services or assistance to ensure that they are necessary, reasonable, and allowable under the CRRSA Act, and approve reimbursement to the non-public school. 

To maintain control over the EANS funds, the SEA must ensure that the non-public school’s expenditures are allowable expenses, that the non-public school has sufficient documentation supporting such expenditures, that the school actually received the services or assistance related to those expenditures, and that the SEA or another public agency gains title to materials, equipment, and property for which it provides reimbursement. For example, if a non-public school purchased laptops for students and teachers to facilitate online learning, the SEA may use EANS funds to purchase those laptops from the non-public school, thereby also obtaining title for the laptops from the non-public school. Provided these conditions are met, the SEA may continue to allow the laptops to be used by non-public school students and teachers.



Are there otherwise allowable expenses for services or assistance for which an SEA may not reimburse a non-public school? 

(Question D-3 from Department of Education FAQ Document)

Yes. Although the following are allowable services or assistance under the EANS program, an SEA may not reimburse a non-public school for: 

  • Improvements to ventilation systems (including windows), except for portable air purification systems, which may be reimbursed. 
  • Any expenses reimbursed through a loan guaranteed under the PPP (15 U.S.C. 636(a)) prior to December 27, 2020. 
  • Staff training and professional development on sanitization, the use of PPE, and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Developing instructional plans, including curriculum development, for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss. 
  • Initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote or hybrid learning or to address learning loss. 

With the exception of expenses reimbursed through a PPP loan, while an SEA may not reimburse a nonpublic school for the above expenses, an SEA may provide these services or assistance direct.