Innovation & Improvement
Education Grants 101 A Few Definitions...
Available for Distribution: The amount distributed or available
for distribution to all recipients for the state fiscal year indicated.
In cases in which program funds are placed into one of the two Chicago
block grants, then amounts shown are for the rest of the State.
Submission: This section contains the name of the ISBE division
or core service unit responsible for the administration of the funding
program as well as the person to contact about the program and the
process to qualify for funds.
of Funding Program: Each program is classified under one of
20 general categories (e.g., adult education, school improvement).
Recipient(s): While school districts are the usual recipients,
users can identify other recipients under 23 categories. Most common
among these others are regional office of education, community colleges
and nonprofit private institutions. When "school districts"
is stated, laboratory schools are also included unless stated otherwise.
(Financial Reimbursement Information System) Number: Most funding
programs administered by ISBE have a number under the Financial
Reimbursement Information System between 3001 and 4970.
Type: All programs are classified as either formula grants (a
formula is established in state or federal law, and is available
to eligible recipients as an entitlement); or nonformula grants
(the authorizing law or appropriation language allows the ISBE to
specify parameters for use of the funds for innovation or leadership
demonstration purposes, and does not delineate either a single recipient
or a formula grant. Within the nonformula grants, there may be both
competitive and noncompetitive uses of the funds in order to accomplish
the intended purpose(s). All nonformula grants within the data base
will be marked either "competitive" or "noncompetitive",
and have a notation of the year of last competition when applicable
(e.g., it was competitive through an RFP in 1996, which resulted
in a 3 year grant award). When applicable, a percentage split between
competitive and noncompetitive will be noted within the program
Period: While the usual funding period is 12 months, some programs
have other timelines. The beginning and ending dates are listed.
Division: By clicking on the name of an ISBE division, one can
quickly see each funding program administered by that division.
- Keyword: On the initial search screen, this option enables the user to locate
funding programs that use a specific word, e.g., science, nonpublic.
to Other Programs: This data element may contain reference(s)
to other funding programs using the same application forms, having
related purposes, or serving similar populations.
of Program: The widely used name of each funding program.
FRIS Number: There are funds, such as for Project Success, which
are not dispersed through the FRIS system. Numbers 1 through 20
have been reserved for these programs.
Contact: This section contains the name of the ISBE division
(usually the Funding and Disbursements Service Division) responsible
for payments for the program as well as the person to contact about
Schedule: This category includes basic payment information ranging
from statutory requirements to actual payment schedules for the
current or next fiscal year as indicated.
Uses of Funds: In response to frequently asked questions, this
section describes how the money can be used (e.g., purchase of computers,
salaries, capital outlay).
Served: Includes the most recent available information on beneficiaries
of a program, such as the number of students served, teachers paid,
or districts funded.
to Qualify for Funds: This category includes information about
when Request for Proposals (RFP's) are distributed and due, the award
date, when claim forms are due, and other relevant information with
timelines about how eligible recipients obtain funds.
of Funds: A summary of the purpose of the program.
Information: This section may provide more detailed information
Reference: If applicable, the relevant Illinois Administrative
Code or rule citation; in the case of federally funded programs,
the relevant citation in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
The number 34 before "CFR" refers to regulations of the
U.S. Department of Education.
of Funds: The vast majority of all programs are either federal
or state funded.
Reference: Generally, the following information is displayed;
the School Code citation in the case of state law; the name of the
authorizing act with the United States Code (USC) citation in the
case of federal law.>
- Submission Deadline: Time for receipt by the ISBE of applications,
claim forms or other required information for current or upcoming
fiscal year as indicated.