Special Education Funding


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides formula grants to assist states in meeting the excess costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities.

Funds under this federal formula grant are combined with state and local funds to provide a free and appropriate education (FAPE) to children with disabilities. Most IDEA federal formula funds provided to states are passed directly to school systems.

IDEA Grant Application

Each year, the Department completes an IDEA grant application that outlines the use of IDEA Part B 611 state-level set aside funds. These funds are reserved for a variety of specified activities such as support and direct services, technical assistance and personnel preparation, monitoring and mediation, and improving the use of technology in the classroom.

Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 IDEA grant application development:

  • Stakeholder input survey on IDEA funding priorities available through February 21, 2020.

  • Review the FFY 2020 IDEA Draft Grant Application (coming soon)

  • Review the FFY 2020 IDEA Draft Grant Application Project Descriptions (coming soon)

  • Provide public comment on the FFY 2020 IDEA Draft Grant Application (coming soon)


Federal fiscal year (FFY) 19 IDEA grant application development:

Partnership Opportunities

The Department periodically seeks partners to support special education initiatives. Current opportunities:  

  • New Opportunities Coming Soon