EANS Grant Funding


EANS I (Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools) is part of the CRRSA Act. This relief funding is unique as it is designated to provide services or assistance to eligible non-public schools to address educational disruptions caused by COVID-19. In Montana, Non-Public Schools includes homeschool families and private schools. The application for these funds closed on August 27th. The Cash Request application for allowable reimbursement costs started on September 22nd. The procurement process for the purchase of allowable services and items is being finalized. 


The EANS II (Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools) is part of the ARP Act. The EANS II Intent to Apply application went live on October 24th.  As the eligibility requirements for the ARP EANS funds differs from the CRRSA EANS funds, applicants will be asked to take a short survey to determine their eligibility. These requirements include meeting a 40% poverty level as well as residing in a Montana county that has been severely impacted by COVID-19. The other stipulation of the ARP EANS, funding is applicants can only request procurement of services and items. No reimbursements for previous purchases or expenses can be paid.

Please reach out to Wendi Fawns, ESSER/EANS Director, 406-437-8595 .






Important Information

CURRENT CRRSA EANS applicants, log into the e-grants system. On the first page, select Fiscal Year 2021 and then you will see “Intent to Apply” in the middle of the page. Under “Actions” click on the Open button to complete the survey for the ARP EANS II funds.

NEW applicants, please click on the Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools New Legal Entity Process link to create a legal entity. When your legal entity has been assigned, you will be able to log into the e-grant system and complete the “Intent to Apply” for the ARP EANS II funds. On the first page, select Fiscal Year 2021 and then you will see “Intent to Apply” in the middle of the page. Under “Actions” click on the Open button to complete the survey for the ARP EANS II funds.


September 9, 2021 - The OPI applied for the ARP EANS award on behalf of the Governor

September 24, 2021 - ARP EANS Award Date - the OPI was noticed

October 24, 2021 - Intent to Apply survey went live in E-grants


September 30, 2024 - End of ARP EANS II grant period (including the Tydings period)

Resources, FAQ, and Guidance

Allocations & Status Update


Important Information

Facts Education Solutions logoWe are looking forward to our partnership with FACTS Education Solutions and their ability to procure the allowable items and services that you are requesting.

If you were unable to join the OPI and FACTS for the introduction live webinar on Wednesday, March 9th, please watch the recording here:

EANS & FACTS Recording

or access the PowerPoint

EANS & FACTS PowerPoint

Please contact: wendi.fawns@mt.gov or janey.salomon@mt.gov if you need help.


  • February 22, 2021 - Submitted Montana certificate and agreement to the U.S. Department of Education.

  • February 23, 2021 - Received funding from U.S. Department of Education.

  • March 2, 2021 - Brought website up with proposed program

  • March 2, 2021 - Initial outreach to private and home schools

  • June 1, 2021 - Initial due date for Private and Non-Public Schools (PNPs) to submit CRRSA EANS I applications

  • June 18, 2021 - Application Review process began in the order of submission

  • July 15, 2021 - Final deadline for PNPs to submit applications for CRRSA EANS 1 funds (extended by OPI)

  • August 23, 2021 - All CRRSA EANS funds must be obligated by the OPI

  • September 20, 2021 - Cash Request opened

  • November 8, 2021 – “Additional Needs Survey” was sent to all applicants that have an approved CRRSA EANS I application

  • November 22, 2021 – Last Day to fill out “Additional Needs Survey” for CRRSA EANS I applicants

  • September 30, 2023 - End of CRRSA EANS 1 Grant period (including Tydings period)