For Prospective Schools


To be eligible to participate in the program, schools must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be nonpublic
  • Must be nonprofit
  • Have 300 or more students in any combination of grades Pre-K through twelfth grades only
  • Have been assigned a Basic Educational Data System (BEDS) Code by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Charter Schools are not eligible for this program as they are public schools and as such, do not meet the definition of nonpublic schools as defined in Local Law 2 of 2016.

If you are an eligible nonpublic school:

Once your school is prequalified in HHS Accelerator, you will then be able to access the application, and submit a completed application to DCAS using the HHS Accelerator System.

DCAS will verify enrollment by the BEDS form submitted by each school to NYSED in October of every year. Schools will not be reimbursed until this form has been submitted to NYSED, and then uploaded to the Document Vault in HHS Accelerator within one month of submitting it to NYSED for each program year a school is participating in the program. Enrollment will be calculated by the number of students under each BEDS number. Schools with different BEDS numbers cannot combine enrolled students.

Note: the 2021-2022 application period opened on March 1, 2021 and will close on May 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

For additional eligibility information and instructions, please access the hyperlinked documents below:

Spring Informational Sessions:

  • March 18, 2021 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • March 23, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • April 7, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • April 12, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • April 27, 2021 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • May 5, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All sessions will be held virtually via Cisco Webex.

To RSVP for one of the workshops, please email