Local Educational Agency GrantsProgram summaries and information on specific federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grants allocated to provide services to individuals with disabilities.
The California Department of Education (CDE) receives funding under three provisions of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). California's Legislature and Governor provide the guidelines for these funds through the annual Budget Act. General questions about federal funds should be directed to the Special Education Division (SED), Administrative Services Unit, by phone at 916-323-1323. Questions related to a specific grant program should be directed to the program contact identified in the program summary.
Program information on specific federal IDEA grants allocated to provide services to individuals with disabilities is described below:
IDEA, Part B, Section 611
- Subgrants to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
- Capacity Building
IDEA, Part B, Section 619
- Subgrants to LEAs
- Capacity Building
IDEA, Part C
- Subgrants to LEAs
State (Proposition 98) Funded Grant Awards
- WorkAbility I Vocational Education Project (23011)
- Infant Discretionary Funds (24462)
- State Local Assistance Entitlements (25336)
- Frequently Asked Questions for Special Education Federally Funded Grant Award Programs (New 23-Sep-2016)
- Frequently Asked Questions for Special Education State Funded Grant Award Programs (New 23-Sep-2016)
- Excess Cost Calculation Workbook for Fiscal Year 2015-16 (XLS; New 31-Aug-2016)
- 2016-17 Indirect Cost Rate Report (XLS; New 21-Jul-2016)
- Subsequent Year Tracking Worksheet (XLS; Posted 18-May-2016
- 2015-16 Indirect Cost Rate Report (XLS; Posted 29-Feb-2016)
- LEA Maintenance of Effort Exemption Worksheet (XLS; Posted 08-May-2015)
- Allocation process for IDEA, Part B, Section 611 subgrants to LEAs in 2015-16 (Updated 15-Mar-2015)
- Application for Construction or Alteration of Facilities (DOC; Updated 24-Dec-2014)
- Application for Equipment Purchase (DOC; Revised 24-Oct-2012)
IDEA, Part B, federal funds support the expense of educating identified students with disabilities.
This grant is one portion of the federal subgrants to LEAs. The subgrants are based on a three-part formula: a base amount, a percentage of population, and a percentage of poverty. All Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA)s receive a base amount of $323,428,031 statewide, divided by December 1999 pupil count. Of the funds in excess of the base amount, 85 percent are allocated on the basis of the relative number of children enrolled in public and private elementary and secondary schools within each SELPA's jurisdiction, and 15 percent on the basis of the relative number of children living in poverty using free and reduced price meal participation as the indicator of poverty. Adjustments to the base amount are required if a new SELPA is created, if one or more SELPAs are combined, or if SELPA geographical or administrative boundaries change. Districts must account for these funds as expenditures for pupils with an individualized education program (IEP) and for the provisions of the special education and related services required by students with disabilities in order to benefit from a public education.
This grant is allocated for students five through twenty-one years of age. Two other grants comprise of the total subgrants to LEAs: 1) State Institutions (13008) and 2) Preschool Local Entitlements (13682).
The federal Preschool Local Entitlement Instructional Programs provides funding for special education and services to children with disabilities for ages three-, four-, and five-year old preschoolers. The funds available for this program come from the federal Part B, IDEA [Section 611 subgrants, to LEAs]. For the method of calculation, see Local Assistance Entitlements (13379).
All SELPAs, including state agencies, are required to have approved local plans. There is no separate funding for services provided by state agencies because of the merger of federal funds for special education students in state agencies from Public Law (PL) 89-313 (Chapter I) with IDEA 20 United States Code (USC) § 1400 et seq., Part B. The merger requires state agencies to have on file with the state educational agency an application (a local plan) that meets the requirements under Part B. The State Board of Education is authorized under Education Code (EC) § 56100 to grant approvals of local plans. The affected state agencies are the State Special Schools, Division of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). For the method of calculation, see Local Assistance Entitlements (13379).
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) grants are funded through the IDEA, Part B. The CDE finds that the ADR process is a desirable and effective practice that supports the positive interaction and collaboration among parents and educators and promotes in assisting parents and educational agencies in the implementation of the use of conflict resolution throughout the state.
The CDE awards these grants to regional consortia that include LEAs and county offices. Selected LEAs will train and implement an ADR process in responding to and resolving local complaints and concerns regarding the implementation of the IDEA, Part B and relevant state laws. (Budget Act, Item 6110-161-0890, Schedule 2, Provision 2)
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program grants are funded through the IDEA, Part B. The CDE finds that the ADR process is a desirable and effective practice that supports the positive interaction and collaboration among parents and educators and promotes in assisting parents and educational agencies in the implementation of the use of conflict resolution throughout the state.
The CDE awards these grants to regional consortia that include LEAs and county offices. Selected LEAs will develop and test procedures, materials, and training for alternative dispute resolution related to the implementation of the IDEA, Part B and relevant state laws. (Budget Act, Item 6100-161-0890, Schedule 2, Provision 2)
The Supporting Inclusive Practices Grants are specific to issues of inclusive practice. They are designed to assist LEAs to improve educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities and to ensure that LEAs meet requirements specific to inclusion. In addition, the Supporting Inclusive Practices Grants support the renewal, revision, and/or development of policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that all students with disabilities are appropriately identified and receiving services in the inclusive settings.
State and federal laws mandate active parent participation in securing special education services for children with disabilities. Many families whose children are over the age of three may not have access to the information, training, and support they need in order to be effectively involved in their children's education. The California State Legislature passed, and Governor Gray Davis signed, Senate Bill 511, (Chapter 690, Statutes of 2001) as a remedy to this situation, establishing Family Empowerment Centers to provide families with information, training, and support.
The total 2015-16 grant amount of $2,644,000 is awarded to 14 private, non-profit organizations. Each grantee receives a base amount of $150,000, plus an additional amount based on their region's total school enrollment.
The 14 Family Empowerment Centers provide services for families whose children are from the ages of three to twenty-two years of age, serve families of children with all disabilities, and prepare families to partner with professionals in obtaining an appropriate education for children with disabilities.
The Family Empowerment Centers will offer parents and guardians of children and young adults with disabilities access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support in their communities. Through these efforts, families will have a network to inform, support, and educate them to be full partners in their children's education and development. By building strong networks of support throughout their regions, the centers will help ensure that families have support from the time their children are first identified with disabilities through their transition to community life. (Budget Act, Item 6110-161-0890, Schedule 5, Provision 5)
Funding is provided for California State Special Schools' students' transportation on weekends and school holiday periods.
2014-15 Mental Health Average Daily Attendance Expenditure Report (DOC)
2014–15 Detailed Summary of Mental Health Expenditures Worksheet (XLS)
2014–15 Community Mental Health Affiliates or Private Providers Worksheet (DOC)
2015-16 Mental Health Average Daily Attendance Expenditure Report (DOC)
2015–16 Detailed Summary of Mental Health Expenditures Worksheet (XLS)
2015–16 Community Mental Health Affiliates or Private Providers Worksheet (DOC)
The Mental Health Average Daily Attendance (ADA) grants are funded through Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B. Grant funds shall be available only for the purpose of providing educationally-related mental health services, including out-of-home residential services for emotionally disturbed students, required by an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) pursuant to the federal IDEA of 2004 (20 USC Sec. 1400 et seq.) and as described in Section 56363 of the Education Code (EC). The grant awards allocated to each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) are calculated on the basis of prior year P-2 ADA.
The federal Preschool Instructional Programs provide funding for special education and services to children with disabilities ages three through five. This funding comes from IDEA, Part B, § 619.
Preschool Staff Development funds provide for local staff development opportunities for those who work in infant and preschool programs. The funds are disseminated on a pro-rata basis based on the prior year December student count, ages three through five. The minimum grant per SELPA is $1,000. The source of funds is the federal Preschool Grant (IDEA, Part B, § 619).
Funding is provided to four LEAs to support the activities of the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report related to Indicator 7, Preschool Assessment. The grantees assist the Desired Results access Project in completing studies, development work, training, and technical assistance.
In 1986, the federal government enacted PL 99-457, which authorized grants to states to plan and implement a comprehensive, community-based interagency system of early education services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The lead agency for Part C of IDEA is the DDS. State legislation (The California Early Intervention Services Act - Government Code [GC] §s 95000 et. seq.) enabled California to participate in the Part C program and created a statewide mandate for LEAs to serve all infants and toddlers with solely low incidence disabilities. It also required changes in procedures and services for all infants served by LEAs. The CDE receives funds ($13,898,000) from the DDS for local assistance through an interagency agreement to address the cost impacts experienced by LEAs in implementing the new federal and state requirements (Budget Act, Item 6100-161-0001, Schedule 3). The grants fund each SELPA based on their specific cost impacts. Allocations are based on an Interagency Agreement with the DDS and the CDE. The SED administers these funds through formula grants:
- Cost impacts are computed for SELPAs in four areas:
- Number of additional children with low incidence conditions to be served
- Additional required services
- Additional required procedures
- Regional services and administration
- SELPAs provide budget information and justification to the CDE; SELPAs also submit one interim expenditure report and a final expenditure report. Based on projected expenditures, and verification of the appropriateness of projected costs, SELPA grant awards may be amended.
These funds shall be available for the purposes of vocational training and job placement for special education students through Project WorkAbility I pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with § 56470) of Chapter 4.5 of Part 30 of the EC. As a condition of receiving these funds, each LEA shall certify that the amount of nonfederal resources, exclusive of funds received pursuant to this provision, devoted to the provision of vocational education for special education pupils shall be maintained at or above the level provided in the 1984-85 fiscal year. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction may waive this requirement for LEAs that demonstrate that the requirement would impose a severe hardship.
These funds are established in EC § 56427 for direct early education services for infants who have disabilities. In the past, these funds were used to offset shortfalls in the growth appropriation for infants. With the implementation of the Part C, Early Education Programs, the CDE reserved those funds to address unanticipated direct service impacts of transitioning to the new Part C, Early Education Program.
This is one-time state funding appropriated in the California Budget Act of 2015, Senate Bill 101, Chapter 321, Item 6100-161-0001, Schedule (1), Provision 25. These funds will backfill for the reduction of federal local assistance funds shifted to support state-level activities pursuant to Section 1419 of Title 20 of the United States Code. These funds must be used for students with an individualized education plan and for the provision of their special education and related services required for students with disabilities in order to benefit from a public education.