Grant Funds Allocated to School Budgets
Some grant funds are loaded directly onto school budgets and fund personnel (positions) or non-personnel (supplies, equipment, etc.) dollars.
21st Century (Fund 0738): Access to Enrichment Outside of Traditional Learning Hours
These grant funds support afterschool programs in 55 Title I elementary or K-8 schools and two middle schools. The funds serve 5,610 students. This grant aims to achieve specific student outcomes related to attendance, academics, behavior improvement, family engagement, and partner engagement. The program is evaluated annually by an external evaluator.
Schools that participate in the program receive a combination of grant and local funds to hire teachers and aides to support a certain number of seats in the afterschool program.
To learn more about DCPS’ afterschool programs, click here.
DC Career Academy (DC-CAN) (Fund 0803): Supports High School Students Participate in their School’s NAF* Academies
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education awards this fund through their local allocation. The grant supports the establishment and continued development of NAF Academies at high schools across the district through an allocation of Non-Personnel dollars that fund academy programming and activities.
*NAF Academies were formerly known as National Academy Foundations
Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) (Fund 0602): Supports High School Student Participation in their School’s JROTC Program
DCPS high schools with JROTC programs allocate funds towards JROTC instructors and are reimbursed 50% of the cost of the instructors though a cost sharing agreement with the Department of Defense. To learn more about DCPS’ JROTC, click here.
Title I (Fund 0733): Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
These funds provide financial assistance to schools with 35% or more of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Only Title I schools receive Title I dollars, and the funding is allocated as a supplement on top of the local funding allocation. Title I dollars are loaded in multiple ways, as outlined below.
- Title I Instructional funds are supplemental to schools’ local funding and are allocated on a per-pupil basis based on the school’s poverty enrollment. Title I schools receive an allocation of Title I funding based on their FARM percentage, which is driven by the number of free-and-reduced meal (FARM) students served at the school. This methodology ensures that a proportionate allocation is provided for each Title I school based on the number of low-income students served.
- Understanding the Initial Budget Allocation Worksheet: Title I Schools Only – On the initial allocation worksheet, there is an allocation line called “Title I Schoolwide Funds.” This line is inclusive of a school’s Title I instructional allocation amount and the proportion of Title II funds generated for the respective school. (See below for background on Title II.) This total allocation amount is fully flexible.
- Title I Parental & Family Engagement funding for DCPS is 1% of the District’s total Title I allocation. This allocation is distributed exclusively to Title I schools on a per-pupil basis based on the school’s poverty enrollment. The funds are supplemental to the school’s local funding and must be used to support family engagement initiatives.
- Title I funded programs (e.g., Twilight and Ninth Grade Academies) funding are allocated year over year based on programmatic needs and available funding.
- Twilight Programming takes place at Title I high schools and provides students who need to make up original credit an opportunity to take classes concurrently with their daytime course load. Allocations to schools are based on historical and predicted seat hours and student need. Twilight often serves students who have transferred districts or have had major disruptions to education as courses are original credit and not after a course failure.
- Ninth Grade Academies are present at select Title I High Schools to support the ninth-grade cohort in their transition to high school. Academies are allocated an Assistant Principal and receive administrative premium and an amount of non-personnel dollars to support the cohort.
Title II (Fund 0735): Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals
These funds are intended to increase student academic achievement consistent with challenging state academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of educators; increase the number of educators who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective educators.
- Title II dollars are allocated to both Title I and non-Title I schools. Title II funds are supplemental to schools’ local funding and are allocated to each school at $25 per pupil enrolled.
- Understanding Title II Dollars and the Initial Budget Allocation Worksheet
- At Title I schools: To increase flexibility for schools in using Title I and II funds, DCPS transfers the school’s Title II allocation into Title I schoolwide funds, which also includes the Title I Instructional allocation. As a result, Title I schools do not have an allocation line specifically for Title II funding, as these funds are included as part of the Title I Schoolwide Funds.
- At Non-Title I schools: Title II funds are allocated for Title II allowable uses, such as professional development. Schools will see a specific allocation line for Title II funding