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Grants to Georgia LEAs for Special Education Programs Benefiting Children with Disabilities

High Cost Fund for Special Education Services Grant


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Funding Source
Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)
Office of Federal Programs, Division of Special Education Services and Supports
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Geographic Focus
USA: Georgia

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Georgia local educational agencies for special education programs benefiting children with disabilities. Funding is intended to assist with exceptionally high education-related expenses. Costs associated with providing direct special education instruction and related services, as identified within the child’s individualized education program (IEP), may be considered.

IDEA 2004 requires the eligibility for reimbursement for a high-needs student to be at least three times the average per pupil expenditure, as defined in Section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. In some cases, the direct educational costs of providing special education services to high-needs children significantly impact the financial resources of an LEA. This impact will likely impair the system’s ability to provide the required educational programs to other students. 

The High-Cost Fund for Special Education Services Grant is intended to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) with the direct special education instructional costs of children with disabilities whose intensity, frequency, and diversity of the special education and related services needs are at least three times the state average per pupil expenditure (approximately $27,000).

Allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to one-to-one assistance, extended school year services, specially trained related service providers, public or private day programs, specialized equipment or materials/supplies specific to the child and contracted services. Transportation costs are limited to personnel, equipment, or services required for the specific high-need costs, as identified in the child’s IEP.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Georgia LEAs may submit multiple applications not to exceed .002 of the October census of special education students (up to 15 applications). LEAs with fewer than 1,000 students may submit a maximum of two (2) applications.

A “High-Needs Child” is defined as a child identified as eligible for special education and related services and has a current Individualized Education Program (IEP). The intensity, frequency, and diversity of the special education and related services needs of the child exceed the typical needs of a child with a disability.

Any transportation costs not specific to the high-need student or prorated for this student will be unallowable.

The costs eligible for reimbursement shall not include the following: legal fees, court costs, or other costs associated with a cause of action brought on behalf of a child with a disability to ensure a free appropriate public education, non-extraordinary nursing costs, English as a Second Language Instruction, indirect costs, and administrative or leadership costs associated with the provision of the services to the child.

Grant funds cannot be used for expenses incurred for the high-needs student in prior years.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by February 15, 2024, at 5 pm.

Grantees will be notified by May 16.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
The LEA may only seek reimbursement for incurred costs during the current fiscal year (July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024).

Contact Information
Apply online:

Malissa Roberts, Program Manager
Office of Federal Programs
Division of Special Education Services and Supports
Georgia Department of Education
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE
1562 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

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