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Flexible Categorical Program Funds

Funding Description

Prior to fiscal year 200809, funds for 41 categorical programs were restricted to specific purposes. Per EC Section 42605, these funds are now unrestricted. LEAs may use the funds to provide services under the pre-flexed programs or for other education purposes or programs. This profile addresses the 35 flexible categorical programs not allocated through the Principal Apportionment. A list of these and related information are available through the Fiscal link below under Additional Information.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria All entities that received funding in the 2007-08 or 2008-09 base year for programs that are now flexible are eligible for funding. To identify the base year for each flexed program, refer to the Fiscal link below under Additional Information.
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority EC sections 42605 and 14401.1, multiple budget act items, and trailer bill appropriations of funds deferred from prior fiscal year. To identify the budget act item for each flexed program and specific trailer bill appropriations, refer to the Fiscal link under Additional Information.
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2010-11
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 0000 / 8590
Total Available $2,665,652,000
Recipient Amount Refer to the Fiscal link under Additional Information.
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula From fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-13, funding for the flexible programs will be based on base year 2007-08 or 2008-09 funding levels as specified in Education Code Section 42605 and identified on the worksheet accessed through the Fiscal link under Additional Information. In the current state fiscal year, each LEA will receive the same percentage of the available funding as it received in the base year.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date Unavailable

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Unavailable
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsRes-10: Williams Case Settlement []
Other Per Education Code Section 14401.1, these funds are allocated on a 5-5-9 basis. 5-5-9 means that 5 percent of funds made flexible will be allocated in each of July and August and 9 percent each month from September through June.

Additional information on flexibility is at:


Program Action on 2008-09 Budget Acts
Fiscal Estimated Cash Flow
Division School Fiscal Services Division
Last Modified: June 9, 2015

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