Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies


To help local educational agencies (LEAs) improve teaching and learning in high-poverty schools in particular for children failing, or most at-risk of failing, to meet challenging State academic achievement standards.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
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
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Title I, Part A, 20 U.S.C 6301 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies (SEAs) including for the Outlying Areas and the Secretary of the Interior. Local educational agencies (LEAs) and Indian tribal schools are subgrantees.
Beneficiary Eligibility
In a targeted assistance program, children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet challenging State academic standards. In a schoolwide program, all children in the school.
2 C.F.R. Part 225 formerly. 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 not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. SEAs apply for funds as part of Title I, Part A, State plans submitted to the Department of Education in accordance with Section 1111 of the ESEA or as part of a consolidated State plan submitted under Section 9302 of the ESEA. The plan remains in effect for the duration of the SEA's participation in Title I, Part A, but must be updated to reflect substantive changes. Participating LEA's must file an approved plan with their SEAs.
Award Procedure
The Department of Education (ED) makes grants through SEAs to LEAs using four statutory formulas based primarily on Census Bureau estimates of the number of children from low-income families in each LEA and State per pupil expenditures.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
If an LEA's plan is disapproved by the SEA, the LEA may appeal to the SEA and then to the Department of Education under Section 432 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA).
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Use of funds varies, depending on whether a school is operating a schoolwide program under Section 1114 of the ESEA or a targeted assistance program under Section 1115 of the ESEA. A school with at least a 40 percent poverty rate may choose to operate a schoolwide program under Section 1114, which allows Title I funds to be combined with other Federal, State, and local funds to upgrade the school's overall instructional program in order to raise the achievement of the lowest-achieving students. Schoolwide program schools must receive the amount of non-Federal resources they would have received in the absence of Title I funds. All other participating schools must operate a targeted assistance programs, which provide extra instruction to those children failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet challenging State academic achievement standards. Targeted assistance schools must ensure that Title I services supplement, and do not supplant, services normally provided with non-Federal funds by local educational agencies. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
SEAs submit annual performance reports. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
In accordance with section 443(a) of the General Education Provisions Act, SEAs and LEAs must maintain certain program records for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title I, Part A. The statute includes four separate formulas for allocating Title I Grants to LEAs. Under the statute, Basic and Concentration Grants are funded approximately at the 2001 appropriation level. Basic Grants are allocated to almost all LEAs based on each State's per-pupil expenditure for education and the number of school-aged children from low-income families. Concentration Grants are allocated to LEAs having more than 6,500 children from low-income families or a poverty rate of more than 15 percent. In addition, funds appropriated in excess of the fiscal year 2001 level are to be allocated as Targeted Grants, which make higher payments to LEAs with higher numbers or percentages of poor children. The law also includes a separately authorized Education Finance Incentive Grants formula, which incorporates factors designed to measure a State's commitment to provide sufficient education funding, as well as how equitably that funding is distributed across districts. Allocations from all four formulas are combined into a single award to eligible LEAs. Within LEAs, funds are targeted to schools with the greatest percentages of poor children.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. The maintenance-of-effort requirements in sections 1125A(e) and 9521 of the ESEA apply to Title I, Part A.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, awards to SEAs are made on July 1 and October 1 of the following fiscal year. In addition, funds remain available to SEAs and LEAs for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure under section 421(b) of GEPA, subject to the carryover limitation of section 1127 of the ESEA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact program office.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Monique Chism Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: monique.chism@ed.gov Phone: (20) 260-1824
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $14,384,802,000; FY 15 est $14,409,802,000; and FY 16 est $14,409,802,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of awards in FY 2014 is $6,942204 - $1,690,050,477. The average award is $255,056,726. The estimated range of awards in FY 2015 is $6,595,094 - $684,976,704. The estimated average award is $255,546,643. The estimated range of awards in FY 2016 is $6,595,094 - $1,684,976,704. The estimated average award is $255,546,643.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 200. For Title I guidance and other information, contact the program office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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