Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) Grant Program

The purpose of the EANS program is to provide services and assistance to eligible private schools to address educational disruptions caused by COVID-19. Non-profit private schools are eligible to apply for funding under EANS provided that the school was in existence prior to March 13, 2020, and is not applying for or receiving a second round of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) on or after December 27, 2020. EANS awards can be used for “secular, neutral, and non ideological” services and assistance, including sanitization, personal protective equipment, COVID testing, educational technology, and connectivity. Priority will be given to applications from private schools that enroll low-income students and are most impacted by COVID-19.

The September 1, 2021, deadline to spend the EANS funds has been extended to June 30, 2022. On Friday, September 2, 2021, the Department was given approval through a budget amendment submitted to the Legislative Budget Commission (LBC) to continue to draw down these funds. That said, the approved budget amendment removed the deadline to spend these funds by September 1, 2021.

To clear up confusion, please note that the following highlighted expenditures are direct pay only. The remainder can be reimbursed :

  • Supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems – direct pay only
  • Training and professional development for staff on sanitization, the use of PPE and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases – direct pay only
  • Physical barriers to facilitate social distancing
  • Other materials, supplies, or equipment recommended by the CDC for reopening and operation of schools facilities to effectively maintain health and safety
  • Expanding capacity to administer coronavirus testing to effectively monitor and suppress the virus
  • 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 – direct pay only
  • 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 – direct pay only

Approval Process Timeline

Reimbursement / payment submitted
User submits the reimbursement or service provider payment in their ClassWallet account.
Day 0

FL DOE Accountability Review
Program administrators review submissions. Upon approval, an automated email is sent to the user informing them of the approval.
Varies; Day 28-35

ClassWallet Weekly Report
Reports of approved transactions are pulled each week.
Day 40

FL DOE Finance
FL DOE Finance authorizes payment of the approved transactions
Day 45

ClassWallet Payment
ClassWallet releases payment of the approved transactions. Bank settlement can be expected within this timeframe.
Day 46-65

Additional information on the timing and process for applying for the EANs grant is forthcoming.