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Grants to California School Districts and Local Educational
Agencies to Support Programs and Activities

Mandate Block Grant (MBG)

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California Department of Education (CDE)

Deadline Date:

08/30/21 11:59 PM


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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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146474

Estimated Size of Grant:

Allocation of funds is based on average daily attendance (ADA) used for funding at the 2020–21 Second Principal Apportionment. Specific categories of ADA used to calculate funding are available on the CDE’s MBG web page. The amount paid will equal 100 percent of each LEA’s entitlement.

Term of Contract:

Funding for the MBG will be paid in mid-November 2021 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:

The deadline is Monday, August 30, 2021 11:59:59 PM.

The MBG Application is web-based, therefore, LEAs will submit electronically to the CDE. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Funding for the MBG will be paid in mid-November 2021 to all eligible LEAs that submitted the MBG Application. The amount paid will equal 100 percent of each LEA’s entitlement.

Mandate Block Grant (MBG) Letter:

Mandated Programs and Activities Funded by the 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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If you have any questions, please contact Julie Klein Briggs, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, or TonyaHolmes, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Allocations and Audit Resolution Office, by email at

Mailing Address
California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Phone Numbers
General: 916-319-0800

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