Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012
IDEA - Federal Special Education Entitlement Grant Fund Code: 240
The purpose of this federal entitlement grant program is to provide funds to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs.
The priority is to serve eligible students with special education services and activities deemed essential for student success in school. Services and activities must ensure compliance with state special education laws and regulations and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - 2004 (IDEA-2004).
When considering fund use, each district should review results from its most recent Coordinated Program Review or Mid-Cycle Review and review district performance in relation to the indicators specified in the Massachusetts State Performance Plan.
The following areas have been highlighted as ones that the Department would like to see improved practices. Please consider activities for your district in these areas:
Notice to parent regarding proposal/refusal
Communications in English and home primary language
Specific Learning Disability
Review and Revision of IEP
IEP Team Composition
IEP Development and Content
Age of Majority Procedures
Timelines for Eligibility
Funds are awarded to public school districts with approved program plans for special education based on a formula, taking into account total school enrollment in both public and private elementary and secondary schools and the number of low income students in those same groups.
A rolling submission period has been established, but the suggested due date is Friday, July 22, 2011.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part III - Required Program Information
Special Education - Budget Workbook (EXCEL)
Cover - (Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Budget Detail Pages
Instructional Support Services (Early Intervening)
Amendment Form (AM 1)
Schedule A (if applicable)
Indirect Cost Calculator
Instructions for Completing the Budget Workbook
Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
Applications submitted or approved after September 1, 2011 can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval. Therefore, it is important to have district contact staff who can be reached in July and August to respond to questions, as needed.
Submission Instructions for the Budget Workbook:
The Special Education grant program application (Budget Workbook - EXCEL) will be submitted electronically to the Department by the school district staff person appointed by the Superintendent.
Submission Instructions for the Cover Page (Part I):
Submit two (2) copies of the Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.
Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906