Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Funding Terms

Definitions of words used in funding-related documents.
The glossary of funding terms is designed to help California Department of Education (CDE) clients understand terms used in funding-related documents. Whenever possible, the definitions are drawn from guidance published by the CDE, the California Department of Finance, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Apportionment — Synonymous with allocation. The term is used primarily in situations in which funding is distributed to local educational agencies (LEAs) based on a statutory formula.

Appropriation — Funds set aside by formal legislative action for a specific use (see also Budget Act).

Assurances — Requirements that applicants agree to observe as a condition of receiving funding.

Available funding (Web term) — Funding for which application procedures and related materials (requests for applications, proposals, data, or submissions) have been issued or posted.

Budget Act — Annual statute appropriating funds to California state departments or agencies for expenditures on specified purposes.

Certification — Statement, signed or endorsed by an authorized representative of the receiving agency as a prerequisite for receiving funds, that the proposed recipient (1) meets or will adhere to certain conditions (i.e., "assurances") or (2) will undertake or not undertake certain actions.

Contract — Legally binding agreement between CDE and another entity, public or private, for the provision of goods or services.

Entitlement — Amount of funds that an applicant should receive under a statutory formula. The actual amount of funding apportioned may be less than the entitlement if insufficient funds are available.

Funding program (Web term) — Grant, contract, or apportionment administered by CDE.

Grant — Award of financial assistance for a specified time frame. Some grants are awarded based on a competition, and others are allocated according to a formula. CDE uses grants to distribute funds if LEAs or other entities (not CDE) are the direct beneficiaries of the funding.

Grant award notification — Official document signed by an authorized official stating the amount, terms, and conditions of the grant award.

Reimbursement — Payment for costs already incurred in the provision of services.

Request for applications, data, proposals, and submissions — Documents setting forth application procedures and related materials for a funding program.

Questions:   Funding Master Plan | fmp@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-5111
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Recently Posted in Funding
  • Res-21: Ethnic Studies (added 04-May-2022)
    Results page for the Ethnic Studies program for fiscal year 2021-22.
  • Family Empowerment Centers on Disability Grant (added 04-May-2022)
    Intent to Award Results for the 2021-22 Family Empowerment Center on Disability Grants
  • Res-21: CSESAP (added 29-Apr-2022)
    Classifies School Employee Summer Assistance Program funding results for fiscal year 2021-22.
  • Recip-21 AB167 Model Curriculum Projects (added 26-Apr-2022)
    Model Curriculum Projects for the development and maintenance of model curricula relating to the Vietnamese American refugee experience, the Cambodian genocide, Hmong history and cultural studies, and Native American studies.
  • Climate Change 2021 Funding Result (added 21-Apr-2022)
    Education Resources on Climate Change and Environmental Justice 2021 Funding Result