Nonpublic Schools

Funding Opportunities for the Nonpublic Schools

The following opportunities are available for eligible nonpublic schools in New York State:

21st Century Community Learning Centers

The federally-funded program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, supports the creation of community learning centers that operate programs during non-school hours for students, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, and their families. By providing tutoring and other academic enrichment activities along with a broad array of youth development opportunities that complement their regular academic programs, these centers help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as English language arts and math. In addition, literacy and other educational services are offered to families of students participating in the program.

The Academic Intervention for Nonpublic Schools (AIS) is a one hundred percent state funded grant, based upon Commissioner's Regulations 100.2.  Originally created in 2003-2004, this fund was created to assist the teachers and administrators of those nonpublic schools which administer the state English Language Arts and Math exams, and have students scoring at levels one and two.  The grant provides professional development for those educational personnel with these lower scoring students, in the hopes of raising the bar of student performance on the State assessments. 

Below are links to the 2016-17 Academic Intervention Services (AIS) information:

AIS 2016-17 Program Guidance

AIS 2016-17 Program Allocation Listing

AIS 2016-17 Program Reimbursement Form

AIS 2016-17 Webinar Video

The Comprehensive Attendance Policy (CAP) was promulgated by the Board of Regents for all schools in June, 2002.  The attendance policy must encompass the nine points outlined in Commissioner’s Regulations 104.(i), within the State Education Department’s website.  All nonpublic schools must have such a policy on file and may be asked to produce the policy during a site visit, or claim review.  CAP claims always occur after the MSA claim for a specific year; in fact, a school is not eligible for CAP in a particular school year if it has not filed the MSA claim for that year. More information about Comprehensive Attendance Policy claims can be obtained by calling the Grants Management Office.

The Learning Technology Grant Program (LTG) is run by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, while the other three funding sources are overseen by the Grants Management office.  Contact information for the offices can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Learning Technology Grant Program (LTG) is a competitive three year New York State grant program, based upon Commissioner’s Regulations 144.8. The purpose of this grant is to provide progressive integration of instructional technology in classrooms and school libraries, and to provide sustained professional development to increase the skills of teachers and school librarians in the use of instructional technology, in order to help students attain higher levels of performance in the New York State Learning Standards. Eligible applicants include public schools districts, BOCES and consortiums thereof, but all public school districts must give all nonpublic schools of all denominations within their boundaries the opportunity to participate. The grant will renew in July 2012 if funding is provided by the New York State Legislature; there are regions with allotted grant totals established within the state, with the maximum award being $50,000 per successful bidder.  Please contact the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology for more information.

Mandated Services Aid (MSA) is a state reimbursement program which began in 1974 for nonpublic schools that participate in certain mandates of the Commissioner regarding data reporting, pupil testing and pupil evaluation.  In order to be eligible for reimbursement, a nonpublic school must provide instruction in accordance with section 3204 of the Education Law; require students to attend full time instruction according to section 3205 of the Education Law; not be the recipients of other State or local aid, directly or indirectly, (e.g. tuition payments); and be a not-for-profit corporation. The nonpublic must be recognized as a school by the filing of a BEDS report, and have met the all other requirements of the mandate(s) in a timely fashion; and be able to produce documentation (if necessary) to satisfy the requirements of the mandate. Currently, there are a total of 17 mandates for which schools may be eligible for reimbursement. Questions about filing for Mandated Services are handled by the Grants Management Office.

Mathematics, Science, & Technology Teachers in Religious & Independent Schools Grant(MST) Funds to reimburse religious and independent schools for Mathematics, Science, and Technology teachers were appropriated in the 2017-18 enacted State budget. The program is governed by Section 3037 of Education Lawexternal link, added by Chapter 59 of 2017. Religious and independent schools that employ eligible teachers of Mathematics, Science, or Technology may seek reimbursement. Links to Guidance and Reimbursement Form can be found below:

MST 2017-18 Guidance

MST 2017-18 Reimbursement Form

MST Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

MST Webinar

Contact Information for the Learning Technology Grant:

New York State Education Department
Office of Educational Design and Technology
89 Washington Avenue
Room 320 EB
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-5461
Fax: (518) 473-2860

Contact Information for Academic Intervention Services, Mandated Services Aid, and Comprehensive Attendance Policy:

New York State Education Department
Office of Grants Management
89 Washington Avenue
Room 481 EBA
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3936
Fax: (518) 474-4674

Last Updated: March 16, 2018