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
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2021 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2022 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2023 No Current Data Available.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part C, 20 U.S.C. 1431-1444
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are the following 57 entities: the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Bureau of Indian Education within the U.S. Department 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
The beneficiaries are infants and toddlers with disabilities aged birth through 2 and their families and at the State's option, children with disabilities ages three through five and their families.
In general, each State or jurisdiction must submit an application, including certifications, methods such as interagency agreements (if applicable), policies and procedures, descriptions, and statement of assurances to receive IDEA Part C funds. Each State lead agency must be designated by the Governor of that State or jurisdiction.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. Preapplication coordination is required.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The time for reviewing the State's application is determined by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations or EDGAR (in 34 CFR ?76.703) (which requires that States have as much time to prepare the application as Education has to review the application) and generally ranges from 45 to 90 days.
The Department must not take final action to disapprove an application until the State is provided reasonable notice and an opportunity for a hearing. The State must request a hearing no later than 30 days after it receives notice of the proposed final determination that the State is not eligible to receive its award.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
State lead agencies designated by the Governor are eligible applicants and must submit an approved application for 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 paid for 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. At their discretion, States may continue to serve children with disabilities under this program beyond age three until the school year following the child's third, fourth, or fifth birthday or until such 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. 20 U.S.C. 1432(5) and 34 CFR §303.211
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is required.
Audits may be required.
As required by EDGAR for State administered programs (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 3 years from the date the grantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. 2 CFR 200.333. Also, all records supporting claims for Federal funds or relating to the accountability of the grantee for the expenditure of such funds must be accessible for administrative review. Separately, records related to the identification, evaluation, and provision of services for a specific child must be maintained for the period of time that a due process hearing request or State complaint may be filed.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title IDEA Part C, Sec. 643 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. 20 U.S.C. 1443. This program has nonsupplanting requirements, which are further clarified in regulations to include a maintenance of effort requirement. 20 U.S.C. 1437(b)(5) and 34 CFR §303.225(b).

Matching is mandatory.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are issued each fiscal year. The Federal obligation period is a 15-month period from July 1 through September 30 of the following fiscal year. States have an additional 12-month period to obligate their funds. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Gregg Corr
Division Director, Monitoring and State Improvement Planning, Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 245-7309
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$496,306,000.00; FY 23 est $540,000,000.00; FY 24 est $932,000,000.00; FY 21$481,850,000.00; FY 20$477,000,000.00; FY 19$470,000,000.00; FY 18$470,000,000.00; FY 17$458,556,000.00; FY 16$458,556,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For 2023, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico, ranged from, $2,587,723 to $58, 793,660; with an average award of $9,952,780.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR Part 303.


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