Special Education Preschool Grants

 

To provide grants to States to assist them in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities ages 3 through 5 years, and at a State's discretion, to 2- year- old children with disabilities who will reach age three during the school year.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
84.173
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.
Authorization
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part B, Section 619, 20 U.S.C. 1419.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Local educational agencies apply to their State educational agency for sub-grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children aged 3 through 5 with disabilities, and (at the State's option) 2-year- old children with disabilities that will reach age 3 during the school year, that require special education and related services.
Credentials/Documentation
No State or jurisdiction may receive a grant unless the Secretary has approved the annual application and statement of assurances.
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. 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. States are eligible to receive funds under this program if the State establishes eligibility under Section 612 of Part B of the IDEA and if the State makes a free appropriate public education available to all children ages 3 through 5 years with disabilities residing in the State. Local educational agencies establish eligibility for Preschool Grant funds by meeting local application eligibility requirements in section 613 of Part B of the IDEA.
Award Procedure
Once the State application has been approved, a grant award representing the total preschool grant amount for that fiscal year is forwarded to the State's department of education. Notification of the award is made to the Chief State School Officer. States make subgrants to eligible local educational agencies from their initial grant award after setting aside funds for administration and state-level activities.
Deadlines
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 EDGAR (in 34 CFR SS76.703) and ranges from 45 to 90 days.
Appeals
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.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
States and other eligible entities qualify for funding if they submit approvable applications under IDEA, section 612 and if they make a free appropriate public education available to all children with disabilities ages three through five years, residing in the State.
How may assistance be used?
States must distribute all grant funds that the State does not reserve for administration of the program or other State-level activities to eligible local educational agencies. Funds are used by State and local educational agencies, in accordance with the IDEA, to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities ages 3 through 5, and at the State's discretion, to 2-year -old children with disabilities who will reach age 3 during the next school year; and in some cases, early intervening services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is applicable.
Auditing
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.
Records
As required by EDGAR for State administered programs (34 CFR 76.730-731), generally, the State and its subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years from the date the grantee or subgrantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: MOE requirements for this program apply to both State Educational Agencies and local educational agencies.
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. State and local educational agencies have an additional 12-month period to obligate funds they receive. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Gregg Corr
Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
gregg.corr@ed.gov
Phone: (202) 245-7309
Website Address
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/programs.html.
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-0300-0-1-501
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 18$381,120,000.00; FY 19 est $391,120,000.00; FY 20 est $391,120,000.00; FY 17$368,238,000.00; FY 16$368,238,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY 2019, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico, ranged from $250,970 to $39,237,787, with an average award of $7,521,538.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations are at 34 CFR Part 300; 34 CFR Parts 76-77, 79, 81-82, 84-86, and 97-99; and 2 CFR Part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.

 


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