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Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

A Guide to Spending Title III Funds

If your school district offers an ESL or Bilingual program, there is a good chance your district receives Title III English language learner (ELL) and/or Title III Immigrant funds.  While there are allowable costs that may be funded by Title III and Title III Immigrant, this money cannot be used for the core program that is mandated by the New Jersey Bilingual Education Code, or to supplant costs for which a district has in the past funded with local funds.  For example, if a particular activity in the past year was paid with non-federal funds, the same activity the following year cannot be paid with federal funds.

Title III ELL Consortia

Subgrants must be at least $10,000 or districts may form consortia to meet the minimum.  Districts must develop a Memorandum of Understanding or Alternative Arrangement to enter into a Title III ELL consortium.  The fiscal agent of the consortium is responsible for ensuring that consortium members fulfill their fiscal and programmatic responsibilities as subgrantees under Title III ELL.

Guidelines for Title III Consortium Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement between Lead Applicant LEA and Participant LEAs (Microsoft Word) (PDF)

Examples of Title III ELL allowable uses

  1. Increasing English language proficiency and academic achievement*
  2. ELL professional development*
  3. Parent/family/community engagement*
  4. Upgrading ELL programs
  5. Curricula/materials/software/assessments for ELLs
  6. Tutorials and materials (including native language) for ELLs
  7. PreK-12 ELL program improvement
  8. Early college high school or dual enrollment programs for ELLs
  9. Improving instruction, including for ELLs with disabilities

    *Required Uses

Examples of Title III Immigrant allowable uses

NOTE: Title III Immigrant funds are distinct from Title III and should be used for distinct purposes for immigrant students.

  1. Supplemental language assistance programs
    1. Summer programs for immigrant students
    2. Extended day school programs for immigrant students
    3. Tutorials for immigrant students
    4. Supplemental staff salary
  2. Family Literacy/Parent Activities
    1. Family literacy services for immigrant students' parents
    2. Outreach for immigrant students' parents
    3. Training activities for immigrant students' parents
  3. Professional Development
    1. Training for teachers of immigrant students
    2. Training for paraprofessionals of immigrant students
  4. Mentoring/Academic and Career Counseling
    1. Mentoring programs for immigrant students
    2. Academic counseling for immigrant students
    3. Career counseling for immigrant students
  5. Materials/Supplies/Technology
    1. Acquisition of curricular materials for immigrant students
    2. Acquisition of classroom supplies for immigrant students
    3. Acquisition of software and technologies for immigrant students
  6. Transportation
    1. Transportation costs for immigrant students
  7. Programs of introduction to the U.S.
    1. Programs of introduction to the educational systems for immigrant students
    2. Programs of introduction to civics education for immigrant students
  8. Activities Coordinated with Outside Agencies
    1. Activities coordinated with community based organizations, IHEs, private sector or other entities to assist parents of immigrant children and youth

See the Office of Grants Management website for more information including a reference manual.