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Grants to California School Districts and Local Educational
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Grants to California school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to support the cost of activities and programs for students in grades K-12. Funding may be used to support a variety of services and programs that the state government requires local educational agencies to provide.

Pursuant to GC Section 17581.6, LEAs make an annual choice to receive funds for specified mandated programs and activities, either through the MBG or through the claim reimbursement process pursuant to GC Section 17560. Because the claims process does not include charter schools, the MBG is the only vehicle for charter schools to receive such funding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 146474

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Funds are allocated using average daily attendance (ADA) calculated as of the 2019-20 Second Principal Apportionment. Rates are as follows: Districts receive $32.18 per ADA for students in grades K through 8, and $61.94 per ADA for students in grades 9 through 12. County offices of education receive $32.18 per ADA for students in grades K through 8, $61.94 per ADA for students in grades 9 through 12, and $1.08 per unit of countywide ADA. Charter schools receive $16.86 per ADA for students in grades K through 8, and $46.87 per ADA for students in grades 9 through 12.

Term of Contract:

Funding for the MBG will be paid in mid-November 2018 to all eligible LEAs that submitted the MBG Application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The MBG funding is available to county offices of education (COEs), school districts, and charter schools (both direct and locally funded) that elect to participate.

LEA Participation status:

Pre-Application Information:

- Date Application Available: August 5, 2020
- Due Date: August 31, 2020
- Expected Notification Date: November 20, 2020

In fiscal year 2020–21, each LEA will notify the California Department of Education (CDE) of its decision to participate in the MBG by submission of the web-based MBG Application, which serves as the Letter Requesting Funding.

Mandate Block Grant (MBG) Letter:


Mandated Programs and Activities Funded by the 2020–21 Mandate Block Grant:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Julie Klein Briggs

Tonya Holmes

School Fiscal Services Division
916-327-0538 (phone)
916-327-4873 (fax)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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