Entitlement grants provide resources to all school districts from the state and federal government as appropriated by legislative mandate. Entitlement grants are approved for expenditure if applications are properly submitted and specific grant regulations are met. School districts may also apply for competitive grant programs, with awards being granted based on specific criteria designated in application procedures.
Competitive grants are awarded based on qualifications such as need, demographics, geographic location, and excellence or innovation of proposal design. Competitive grant programs may be sponsored by the state and federal government or by private funding sources, such as foundations and corporations. By entering this grant market, the District is in competition with a variety of entities for a limited amount of resources. The needs of the district must be carefully matched with the guidelines of the funding source to ensure a beneficial result. Currently, application for competitive grants is made as time allows. Proposals may be submitted if they address clearly defined district needs and can be fully developed and supported by the stakeholder groups that will be impacted by the new resources.