What is EANS?
Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) is part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSA Act), the second federal economic stimulus package recently passed. The CRRSA Act created a fund that was directed to each state’s Governor, and within that fund, it allocated EANS money to religious and independent schools. A total of $248.9 million has been made available for New York State’s religious and independent schools.
Potential Per-Pupil Funding Amounts:
The per-pupil funding amounts will depend on the total count of low-income students served and the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the school. The below table illustrates some of the potential outcomes for this per-pupil funding.
1. The school must be a not-for-profit that serves students in kindergarten through grade 12. Approved private special education schools, including Chapter 853 schools and State-supported schools for the blind and deaf, are eligible to participate. Programs that only serve preschool students with disabilities and special act school districts are not eligible to participate.
2. The school must be accredited, licensed, or otherwise approved to operate in accordance with State law.
3. The school must have been in existence prior to March 13, 2020, and be providing instruction in the current (2020-21) school year.
4. The school did not participate in the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(37)) after December 27, 2020. PPP loans taken prior to December 27, 2020 have no impact on a school’s eligibility to participate in EANS. After December 27, 2020 a school must choose between EANS and PPP; a school cannot participate in both.
5. The school must submit a completed Letter of Intent by March 17, 2021 indicating that it intends to participate in the EANS program and provide all requested information.
For your school to receive a share of the funds, you must submit a Letter of Intent to NYSED by March 17, 2021. Schools that do not submit a Letter of Intent in one of the approved formats (see below) by the deadline will not be able to participate.
EANS Letter of Intent
The Letter of Intent asks for basic information about the school, confirmation of school eligibility, and information necessary to calculate school-level allocation amounts.
School-level allocation amounts are calculated through enrollment amount, low-income student counts, and Covid-19 impact.
For schools that are not part of diocesan or multi-building systems, the Letter of Intent should be accessed through the Business Portal here.
Dioceses or multi-building organizations operating multiple school buildings as part of the same organization may submit the requested information in bulk. For this purpose, NYSED will provide a Letter of Intent spreadsheet that can be found here.
Kelly is a senior accountant of Cerini & Associates’ audit and consulting practice. She works with nonprofit, special education and school district clients.