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Federal Programs

The mission of the Office of Federal Programs (OFP) is to provide leadership in the effective use of federal funds so that all students are prepared to compete in the global community. OFP is designed to improve our support for each school district’s education initiatives by providing a common link with the capability of looking across all the programs to support districts in meeting their goals. Each school district is assigned a District Contact for managing all OFP programs. OFP is comprised of the following divisions:

  • Bureau of District and School Support

  • Mississippi Comprehensive Automated Performance-based System (MCAPS) and Data Collection/Reporting

    • Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR)
    • OFP Highlights
    • OFP University
    • Online Application System
  • Competitive Grant Programs

    • Emergency Impact Aid
    • Homeless Education
    • Migrant Education
    • Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program
    • Private Schools
  • Non Competitive Grant Programs

    • Evidence-based Programs
    • Neglected & Delinquent
    • Parent and Family Engagement
    • Restart
    • Title I Basic
    • Title II Effective Instruction
  • Monitoring & Compliance

    • Charter Schools
    • Title IV-A Student Supports & Academic Enrichments
    • Title V Rural Education

Notice of Public Comment

Due to the continued extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented challenges students, educators, staff, and schools are facing during the 2020-2021 school year, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) recognizes it may not be possible to obligate these funds on a timely and responsible basis due to several factors. 

 In response, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is requesting a waiver from the U. S. Department of Education according to section 8401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) for the following provisions: 

• Section 1127(b) of Title I, Part A of the ESEA so that the MDE may waive, more than once every three years, if necessary, the 15 percent carryover limitation in ESEA section1127(a) for FY 2021 Title I, Part A funds. 

• Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) extends the period of availability of FY 2020 funds for programs in which MDE participates under its approved consolidated State plan until September 30, 2022. 

As part of the waiver process under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, local education agencies and the public are invited to provide comments between July 2, 2021, to July 23, 2021. For those wishing to comment on the requested waiver, please email comments to Please indicate “ESEA Fiscal Waiver” in the subject line. The MDE will consider all comments.

Period of availability of funds in section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA): to extend the period of availability of FY 2020 funds for the following programs until September 30, 2022:

  • Title I, Part A of the ESEA (Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs),including the portions of the SEA’s Title I, Part A award used to carry out section1003 school improvement, section 1003A direct student services, if applicable, and Title I, Part D, Subpart 2
  • Title I, Part B of the ESEA (State Assessment Formula Grants)
  • Title I, Part C of the ESEA (Education of Migratory Children)
  • Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 of the ESEA (Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk)
  • Title II, Part A of the ESEA (Supporting Effective Instruction)
  • Title III, Part A of the ESEA (English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement)
  • Title IV, Part A of the ESEA (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants)
  • Title IV, Part B of the ESEA (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
  • Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 of the ESEA (Rural and Low-Income School Program)
  • McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

Save the Date

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), through the Office of Federal Programs (OFP), will seek competitive written proposals from qualified applicants to provide services to local educational agencies (LEAs) addressing learning loss. OFP will release the request for proposals (RFP) shortly after October 21, 2021

Learning loss services must address activities and interventions that respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. Proposals must address the implementation of evidence-based interventions aimed specifically at address learning, such as evidence-based summer enrichment programs, evidence-based, comprehensive afterschool programs, extended day, or extended year programs. 

Grants will be awarded for a period of up to three (3) years to any public or private organization, including local educational agencies, non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, community-based organizations, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, or for-profit corporations.

Additional announcements will be forthcoming. Please contact Judy Nelson at if you have any questions.