Special Education-Grants for Infants and Families


To provide grants to States to assist them to implement and maintain a Statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system to make available early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1431-1444, Part C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Secretary of the Interior and the following four outlying area jurisdictions: Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Infants and toddlers with disabilities aged birth through 2 and their families will benefit.
. In general, each State or jurisdiction must submit an application, including certifications,policies and procedures, and statement of assurances to receive IDEA Part C FY 2009 funds; however no separate application were required for States to receive IDEA Part C ARRA funds. Each State lead agency is designated by the Governor of that State or jurisdiction. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Specific application procedures are provided in the application form for the program. The State lead agencies, the applicants for this program, are designated by the Governor.
Award Procedure
Once the State application is approved, a grant award representing the total State allocation is forwarded to the State lead agency. This is a forward funded program, in which funds become available for obligation on July 1st of the fiscal year for which they are appropriated and remain available to States for 15 months through September of the following year and an extra twelve months.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The time for reviewing the State's application is determined by EDGAR (in 34 CFR ยง76.703) and ranges from 45 to 90 days.
The Department may not disapprove an application unless the Department determines, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, that the applicnt has failed to meet an eligibility requirement.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
State lead agencies designated by the Governor are eligible applicants and must submit an approved application under Part C of the IDEA for regular IDEA Part C funds.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are used to assist States in implementing and maintaining their Statewide systems of early intervention services. Funding may also be used to provide direct services for eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities aged birth through 2 and their families that are not otherwise provided by other public or private sources, to expand and improve services for infants and toddlers with disabilities that are otherwise available and to provide a free appropriate public education, in accordance with Part B of IDEA, to children with disabilities from their third birthday to the beginning of the following school year. States also have the discretion to provide services to infants and toddlers who are at risk of having substantial developmental delays if they do not receive appropriate early intervention services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 amended IDEA to allow states, at their discretion, to continue to serve children with disabilities under this program beyond age three until the children enter or are eligible to enter kindergarten or elementary school, if such children are otherwise eligible for services under the Preschool Grants Program (84.173), and previously received services under the Part C program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
State lead agencies must submit an Annual Performance Report under IDEA sections 616 and 642. An annual report to the Governor and to the Secretary by the State Interagency Coordinating Council on the status of early intervention programs operated within the State as required under Section 641(e)(1)(D) of the Act, and other information that the Secretary may require, including information required under Section 618 of the Act. Annual State Performance Plans and Annual Performance Reports are submitted to the Department of Education by the lead agency on an annual basis. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
As required by GEPA and EDGAR for State-administered programs (in 34 CFR 76.730-731), generally, the State lead agency and its contractors must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 5-years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Awards are based on each State applicant's proportionate share of children, aged birth through two years, in the general population, based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the United States Bureau of the Census. No State may receive less than 0.5 percent of the total funds available for all States. The Department of Interior receives 1.25 percent of the amount available to States. The Outlying Areas combined receive up to 1 percent of the funds appropriated. This program has nonsupplanting and MOE requirements. 20 USC 1443.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are issued each year. The Federal obligation period is a 15-month period from July 1 through September 30 of the following fiscal year. State and local education agencies have an additional 12-month period to obligate their funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Gregg Corr Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: gregg.corr@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7309
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $438,498,000; FY 15 est $438,556,000; and FY 16 est $503,556,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For 2014, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico ranged from, $2,148,926 to $53,043,814; with an average award of $8,211,297.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR Part 303.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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