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A two-part application and reporting process for multiple state and federal, formula-driven, categorical program funds submitted by county offices, school districts, and direct-funded charter schools.

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The Consolidated Application (ConApp) is used by the California Department of Education (CDE) to distribute categorical funds from various state and federal programs to county offices, school districts, and direct-funded charter schools throughout California. Annually, in May, each local educational agency (LEA) submits the spring release of the application to document participation in these programs and provide assurances that the district will comply with the legal requirements of each program. Program entitlements are determined by formulas contained in the laws that created the programs.

The winter release of the application is submitted in January of each year and contains the district entitlements for each funded program. Out of each state and federal program entitlement, districts allocate funds for indirect costs of administration, for programs operated by the district office, and for programs operated at schools.

What's New
  • 2015-16 Consolidated Application Program Guidance (DOC) (Posted 15-Jan-2016)
    Data collection guidance from the program offices which include information about the requirements for the various programs to assist in completing the 2015-16 Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
  • 2015-16 Consolidated Application Instructions | DOC (Posted 15-Jan-2016)
    Data collection instructions which include the purpose, guidance, program contact and procedures for completing the 2015-16 Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
  • 2014-15 Consolidated Application Program Guidance | DOC (Posted 13-Jan-2015)
    Data collection guidance from the program offices which include information about the requirements for the various programs to assist in completing the 2014-15 Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
  • 2014-15 Consolidated Application Instructions | DOC (Posted 15-Jan-2015)
    Data collection instructions which include the purpose, guidance, program contact and procedures for completing the 2014-15 Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
  • CARS News Flash Updates (NewsFlash #47 Dated 16-Jan-2015)
    The CARS News Flash Updates are bulletins that are sent out through the ConApp listserv when there is new ConApp or CARS related information.
  • Data Collection Release Schedule (Updated 21-Jan-2015)
    Narrative of current release dates and deadlines. Important dates you should know related to CARS.
Request for Applications

2015-16 Consolidated Application Spring Release

2014-15 Consolidated Application Winter Release

Additional ConApp Information
Related Links
  • Advisory Committees and Councils
    Advisory committees and councils mandated by state and federal legislation.
  • Categorical Programs
    Program descriptions, letters/notices, entitlements, and apportionment schedules.
  • Economic Impact Aid
    A state categorical program for kindergarten through grade twelve to support services for English learners (limited English proficient LEP) and educationally disadvantaged students.
  • No Child Left Behind
    Federal education reforms in California.
  • Preliminary Entitlements for Title I, Part A
    Current and previous fiscal year lists of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title I, Parts A and D & ARRA funding.
  • California School Directory
    Search for private nonprofit schools that are eligible for services under the federal programs in No Child Left Behind.
  • TUPE Regional Assignments
    CDE staff assigned to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug programs funded by the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act; and Tobacco-Use Prevention Education.
  • Title I
    Helps low-achieving, English learners, American Indian, disabled, young readers, and at-risk students meet state academic content and performance standards.
Questions:   ConApp Support Desk | conappsupport@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0297
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 14, 2016

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