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Low Incidence Entitlements

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

Funding supports the purchase of specialized books, materials, and equipment as required under the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each pupil with low incidence disabilities as defined in Education Code Section 56026.5: "hearing impairments, vision impairments, severe orthopedic impairments, or any combination thereof". Expenditures are limited to supporting low incidence specialized services such as interpreters, note takers, readers, transcribers, and others who provide specialized services to students with low incidence disabilities.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria The responsible local agency must ensure that (1) appropriate books, materials, and equipment are purchased; (2) use of equipment is coordinated as necessary and (3) books, materials, and equipment are reassigned to local educational agencies (LEAs) within the special education local plan area (SELPA) once the agency that originally received the books, materials, and equipment no longer needs them. It is also the intent of the Legislature that SELPAs share unused low incidence books, materials, and equipment with neighboring SELPAs.
Other Eligibility Considerations If the equipment, materials or specialized books are no longer needed within the SELPA or a neighboring SELPA, the California Department of Education (CDE) Low Incidence Program Consultant must be contacted to reassign the resources elsewhere within California.
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Birth to age 21


Legal Authority Budget Item 6110-161-0001, Provision 15, Schedule 1
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2006-07
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 3360 / 8590
Total Available $1,700,000
Recipient Amount See Allocation Formula.
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula SELPAs that serve 25 or fewer students who have low incidence disabilities will receive base funding of $2,000, plus $29.85 per student. Such SELPAs are designated as “sparse” and are eligible to apply for additional funding to serve students with low incidence disabilities. SELPAs serving 26 or more students who have low incidence disabilities will receive base funding of $5,000, plus $29.85 per pupil. Sparse SELPAs that serve 25 or fewer students with low incidence disabilities may apply for the additional funds for low incidence specialized services through the attached application. Funds will be provided based on demonstrated need to the extent that funding is available. These sparse SELPA grant funds are not entitlements, and funding amounts may vary from year to year.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date January 16, 2007
Expected Notification Date February 15, 2007

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Local Educational Agency Grants []
Fiscal Unavailable
Other Approved Sparse SELPA applications will be funded utilizing the following timeline and process: (1) Applications, submitted with the required documentation, must be received, not just postmarked, by the CDE by 4:00 PM on January 16, 2007, and (2) By February 15, 2007 award letters will be sent to the successful Sparse SELPA applicants. For an application, please refer to the last page of the 2006-07 program guidelines and legal requirements in the background section.


Program Dennis Kelleher, 916-327-0842,
Fiscal Beckie Robinson, 916-327-3530,
Division Special Education Division, 916-445-4613 (phone), 916-327-5233 (fax)
Last Modified: July 7, 2008

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