Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools Program (EANS)

The MSDE would like to thank those who submitted an application for funding through the Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) program. A review of eligibility was conducted of all nonpublic schools who submitted an application. Schools who did not meet the requirements listed on page 4 of the Grant Guide were sent a letter via email on February 22, 2022 stating that they were not eligible to receive an award, and the reason. Letters were sent to the email address provided in the online application.

Reimbursement Requests

The MSDE completed its line-by-line review of requests for the reimbursement of allowable expenses.  Approved reimbursement requests must align to the categories of allowable use of funds and must have been incurred between March 13, 2020 to June 27, 2021. A decision letter was sent out to nonpublic schools on April 22 and April 29 communicating the outcome of that review, and the total approved amount of the reimbursement.

New Procurement Requests

The MSDE is working with individual state-approved vendors so that we can prepare and provide decision letters for new procurement requests. Schools requested a variety of products and services, so we had to take some time to work with each vendor to align the items schools requested with the products they offered. MSDE continues on track to have any remaining new procurements on a June Board of Public Works agenda.

We are currently drafting customized decision letters to 184 nonpublic schools that will provide a decision on what new services and assistance each school has been approved for. New service and assistance are aligned to allowable expenses per the EANS guidance, as well as what the MSDE is able to procure on behalf of nonpublic schools. There will also be general language that describes the criteria that we used to determine which requests were not approved.


MSDE received its ARP EANS (or EANS II) award from the United States Department of Education. A funding cycle for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) II will be released soon. This funding opportunity is designed to provide emergency, pandemic-related service/assistance to nonpublic schools that enroll a significant percentage of students from low-income families and are most impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  As with the EANS I funding cycle, the MSDE will procure the service/assistance directly from state approved vendors and will arrange delivery of procured service/assistance. Reimbursements will not be issued for ARP EANS II.

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

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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

Application Requirements

EANS Certification page
EANS Funding worksheet(Updated February 17, 2022)
EANS AssurancesPDF document EANS Assurances
W-9 form


Applications Received for the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) ProgramPDF document Applications Received for the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) Program
(This list represents all of the applications received within the deadline of February 4, 2022, midnight.)

Frequently Asked QuestionsPDF document Frequently Asked Questions (Updated February 3, 2022)