- Family and Community Engagement
- What is a Grant?
- Governmental Funds
- Competitive Grants
- Applying for a Grant
- Grant Management
- Grant Outcomes
The Office of Federal and State Grants provides fiscal and strategic support to schools and central offices to manage _____+ Federal, State, and Private grants received by and housed in the Adams County School District 14 while ensuring all grant dollars comply with regulations.
What is a Grant?
A grant is a sum of money given by a governmental or private organization to another organization or person for a specific purpose. In order to receive a grant, one must complete a grant application detailing plans on how the grant dollars will be used to achieve the specified purpose during the grant time period.
Once received, grant programming and funding must adhere to the approved plans, the grant time period, all applicable local regulations (including Adams County School District policies), and all fund regulations.
The Role of Grants at the Adams County School District 14
Grants at Adams County School District 14 fund specific targeted initiatives, provide support to specific populations of students, and assure all students are receiving a high-quality and excellent education.
Grant funds can be found at every school across the district, as well as in every central office department. The Office of Federal and State Grants with all schools and departments across the district to build high-quality programs to support all students.
The Department of Federal Programs works along side of the Finance Department, along with the Budget Team. Together, Federal Programs and our Finance department work to strategically and compliantly build and manage a budget each year that best serves all students.
The Department of Federal Programs manages grants from various funders, including Federal, State, Private, and *Other sources. In FY17, over $_______ dollars in grant awards were received by Adams County School District 14. The Department of Federal Programs worked to manage these dollars, strategically allocate funding, comply with regulations, and assist Program Managers in spending down these dollars.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, over $_____ in Federal Grants was received by the Adams County School District 14. Many Federal awards - including Title I, Title II, Title III, IDEA, and Perkins - flow from the Federal Government to the State, then to the Adams County School District 14. The majority of Federal grant dollars come from the major entitlement grants, or formula grants, determined by the demographics of Adams County School District 14 children.
State grants often fund state strategic initiatives or are received as targeted supports from the state.
Private grants come from a wide variety of funders and often support specific programs, research, or initiatives. While some private grant dollars are housed in the Department of Federal Programs, some private grant dollars are held in the Adams County School District 14 Education Foundation 501(c)3 fiscal partner.
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Grants at Adams County School District 14 fall into two categories: Entitlement Grants and Competitive Grants.
- Entitlement Grants: Entitlement grants, or "formula grants," are awarded based on student population. Applicants must apply to show the requisite need to receive funding and must submit plans demonstrating that the funds will adhere the specified grant requirements. There are 6 major entitlement grants that Adams County School District 14 receives - Title I, Title II, Title III, IDEA, Perkins and School Lunch.
- Competitive Grants: Competitive grants require applicants to submit applications or proposals to obtain funding. Grant funds are awarded based on the quality of the grant proposal submitted and the compliance of the proposal with the specified grant requirements.
The Department of Federal Programs encourages schools and departments to actively prospect and apply for grant opportunities. As a result, Adams County School District 14 has been awarded over $_____ in Competitive Grant awards in FY17
Focus Areas: Strategic Use of Grant Funds
Adams County School District 14 is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families and students to develop within every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.
Through grants, Adams County School District 14 strategically targets student, teacher, and school needs to provide supplemental supports and programming. All grants at the Adams County School District 14 can be categorized by focus area, which allows the Department of Education to monitor grant goals and outcomes, ensuring all strategic initiatives are being realized.
(insert graph here) Grants by focus area: Achievement grant, Adult Education, At risk, etc.
Compliant Use of Grant Funds
Adams County School District 14 has internal controls in place to assure that all grant funds are compliantly being used to best serve students, teachers, schools, and departments.
All grants managed by the Department of Federal Programs and State Grants comply with the Uniform Grant Guidance.
The Uniform Guidance (2 C.F.R. § 200) streamlines and consolidates government requirements for receiving and using federal awards so as to reduce administrative burden and improve outcomes. It was published in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 75871) on December 19, 2014, and became effective for new and continuation awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. The Office of Federal and State Grants, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, has created a Fiscal Policies and Procedures Manual detailing the policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
For more information, please see the following resources:
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Director of Federal Programs
Manager of Family & Community Engagement