Policy Guidance for Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies - April 1996

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Concentration Grants

Unlike Basic Grants, SEAs must generally suballocate each county's Concentration Grant allocation to eligible LEAs within that county and may not allocate funds without regard to county allocations (see Section I). The only exception to this rule is for those States receiving a State minimum allocation under Section 1122(a)(1). These States may allocate funds to LEAs without regard to the county allocations or they may suballocate the county allocations to eligible LEAs within each county (see Section II).

I. Distribution to Eligible LEAs on a County-by-County Basis

    Adjusting County Allocations

  1. From total State Concentration Grant allocation, subtract amounts reserved by the SEA for State Administration and School Improvement.

  2. Subtract from State allocation up to 2 percent for eligible LEAs in ineligible counties (Optional).

  3. Ratably reduce all county allocations shown on the printout to the amount remaining after funds are reserved under Steps 1 and 2. For this purpose, treat the Part D, Subpart 2 allocation shown at the end of the county allocation printout as a county.

    Distribute Each County Concentration Grant Allocation to Eligible LEAs Within the County

  4. Identify eligible LEAs. To be eligible, the number of formula children used to compute a Basic Grant allocation for an LEA must exceed 6,500 or the number must exceed 15 percent of the total children in the LEA ages 5 through 17.

    Reminder: Do not include children in local institutions for delinquent children.

  5. Add formula children count for all eligible LEAs. If an eligible LEA overlaps a county boundary, the SEA must make, on a proportionate basis, a separate allocation to the LEA from the county allocation for each county in which the LEA is located.

  6. Divide the adjusted county allocation, determined in Step 3, by the total formula children count for eligible LEAs under Step 5 to determine the amount per formula child for the county.

  7. Multiply the amount per child times the number of formula children in each eligible LEA to determine the LEA's Concentration Grant allocation.

  8. In an eligible county with no eligible LEAs, identify those LEAs in which either the number or percentage of formula children exceeds the average number or percentage of those children in the county.

II. Distribution to LEAs in a State Receiving a Minimum Allocation

A State receiving a minimum allocation has two options for determining LEA Concentration Grant allocations:

  1. The State may follow the same procedures outlined under I. Distribution to Eligible LEAs on a County-by-County Basis. Before beginning, an SEA must distribute unassigned funds for State distribution shown at the top of the county allocation printout proportionately among each eligible county and the unassigned funds for Part D shown at the top of the county allocation printout to the Part D allocation shown at the end of the county allocation printout; or

  2. The State may allocate Concentration Grant funds without regard to the county allocations. Under this option, the following steps must be followed:

    A. Reserve the appropriate amounts from State's Concentration Grant allocation for State Administration and School Improvement and subtract from the State allocation.

    B. Adjust the Part D, Subpart 2 total allocation to reserve appropriate amounts for State Administration and School Improvement and subtract from the State allocation.

    Part D, Subpart 2 Allocation on Printout $194,530
    Deductions:
        State Administration (1 percent) 1
        School Improvement (0.5 percent) 2

            Subtotal
    Amount available for Part D, Subpart 2 Grants


    (1,945)  
    (973)  

    2,918  
    $191,6121

    1 Percentage must agree with the percentage reserved by the SEA from Concentration Grants for State Administration.

    2 Percentage must agree with the percentage reserved by the SEA from Concentration Grants for School Improvement.

    C. Identify those LEAs as eligible in which either the number or percentage of formula children exceeds the average number or percentage of those children in the State.

    D. Add the number of formula children in LEAs identified in Step C.

    E. Divide balance of State allocation after amounts are reserved under Steps A and B by total formula children in Step D to arrive at an amount per child.

    F. Multiply the amount per child times the formula children count for each eligible LEA to determine the LEA's Concentration Grant allocation.


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