Box B-1 Formula Allocation Program Description

CFDA number and name: 84.027 Special Education Grants to States

Subprogram (if applicable):

Basis for allocation:

[ ] Amounts or shares in legislation

[ x ] Formula in legislation

[ ] Formula in regulations

Source of funds:

[ x ] General revenues

[ ] Special (describe)


[ x ] States

[ ] Other (describe)

Matching provisions:

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes (describe)

Type of formula:

[ ] Closed

[ x ] Other (describe)

The basic formula is closed, but because of a variety of caps and hold-harmless provisions, an iterative process is required to determine the final allocations.


The “permanent formula,” which first took effect in FY 2000, with FY 1999 as the base year, is:

Ai t = Ai99 + (At - SiAi99) (0.85 P1i / SiP1i + 0.15 P2i / SiP2i)

Prior to FY 2000, allocations were based on state counts of children served in their programs.

Definition of left-hand element:

Ai t = amount allocated to state i in fiscal year t.

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