Special Education Grants to States, Recovery Act

To provide grants to States to assist them in providing a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Federal funds are combined with State and local funds to provide free appropriate public education to children with disabilities.

This includes special education and related services.

Funds are used for salaries of teachers and other personnel, education materials, related services--such as special transportation or occupational therapy that allow children with disabilities to access education services--and other education-related needs.

Fiscal Year 2009: No information provided.

Fiscal Year 2010: No information provided.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Education, California Department Of $1,226,525,606   2009-02-172010-09-30
Education, Ohio Department Of $ 435,138,426   2009-02-172010-09-30
Education, Michigan Department Of $ 399,136,666   2009-02-172010-09-30
Education, Maine Department Of $ 52,366,886   2009-02-172010-09-30
Mississippi State Department Of Education $ 116,579,468   2009-02-172010-09-30
Education, Virginia Department Of $ 280,645,739   2009-02-172010-09-30
Cnmi Public School System $ 172,128   2009-02-172010-09-30
Education Department, New York State $ 755,760,009   2009-02-172010-09-30
Education, New Hampshire Department Of $ 47,461,265   2009-02-172010-09-30
Education, New Jersey Department Of $ 356,622,322   2009-02-172010-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2009: Approximately 6.8 million children with disabilities are expected to be served. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used by State and local educational agencies, in accordance with the IDEA, to help provide the special education and related services needed to make a free appropriate public education available to all eligible children and, in some cases, early intervening services.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Elementary/Secondary Education

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Education Professional; Student/Trainee; Mentally Disabled; Education (0-8); Education (9-12)


The designated plan review agencies must be given an opportunity to review the State's policies and procedures. Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. There is no separate application required for States to be eligible to receive funds under the Recovery Act. 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. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program.

States do not need to submit new applications to receive the first 50 percent of the Recovery Act funds for Part B grants to States and Preschool grants because these funds will be made available to each State based on the State s eligibility determination for FY 2008 Part B funds. In order to receive the remaining 50 percent of funds of Part B funds under the Recovery Act, States must submit an amendment to the FY 2009 application for review and approval by the Department. This amendment will be required to address the record-keeping and reporting requirement that are specified in the Recovery Act.

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. States are eligible to receive funds under this program if the State establishes eligibility for funds under Section 612 of Part B of the IDEA. Local education agencies establish eligibility by meeting local application eligibility requirements of Section 613 of Part B of the IDEA.

Award Procedures

Grants awards representing 50 percent of the total Part B grant amount under the Recovery Act will be forwarded to the State s department of education. Notification of the award is made to the Chief State School Officer.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for application deadlines.


Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA), Part B, Sections 611-618, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1411-1418 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for obligation at the Federal level until September 30, 2010.State and local education agencies have an additional 12-month period to obligate funds they receive. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Annual data report and performance reports are submitted to the Department of Education from the State department of education.

For Recovery Act-funded programs, States will be required to report on how funds are spent Additional information on record keeping and reporting requirements will be included in application instructions or program guidance to be provided later.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


As required by EDGAR for State administered programs (34 CFR 76.730-731). 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $11,300,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of awards to States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico is $16,441,924 to $1,226,944,052.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program regulations are at 34 CFR 300.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ruth Ryder Office of the Assistant Secretary for Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington 20202 Email: RuthRyder@ed.gov Phone: (202)245-7629

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States and other eligible entities qualify for funding based upon applications approved under IDEA, Section 612.

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