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Office of Student Learning & Partnerships

Spending your IDEA Funds


How may an LEA spend IDEA funds?

IDEA grant funds that flow-through to the LEAs may be used for staffing, educational materials, equipment, and other costs to provide special education and related services, as well as supplementary aids and services, to children with disabilities. See Appendix D for a list of typical expenditures under IDEA grants.  Funds may only be used for special education purposes.  


How can EDGAR and OMB circulars help manage the IDEA grant funds?   

The US Department of Education issues the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) which govern how the LEA or agency may spend its IDEA funds and all other federal grant funds.   The relevant sections of EDGAR, Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations are parts 74 through 86 and 97 through 99.  EDGAR is available online (http://www.ed.gov/policy/fund/reg/edgarReg/edgar.html ).   


Part 74

Administration of Grants & Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, & Other Non-Profit Organizations

Part 75

Direct Grant Programs

Part 76

State-Administered Programs

Part 77

Definitions that Apply to Department Regulations

Part 79

Intergovernmental Review of Dept. of Ed Programs & Activities

Part 80

Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State & Local Governments

Part 81

General Education Provisions Act – Enforcement

Part 82

New Restrictions on Lobbying

Part 85

Government wide Debarment and Suspension and Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace

Part 86

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Part 97

Protection of Human Subjects

Part 98

Student Rights in Research, Experimental Programs & Testing

Part 99

Family Educational Rights & Privacy (FERPA)

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules.  These policies are adopted by grant-making agencies and inserted into their federal regulations.  Four OMB circulars are relevant when managing IDEA funds:  A-21, A-110, A-122 and A-133.  Copies of OMB circulars are available online (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars) .


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