New Jersey Department of Education

Maximizing Federal Funds

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The Maximizing Federal Funds website provides school and school district leaders, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), grant administrators, educators, and other stakeholders with information about how different Federal funds may be used to meet their specific, identified needs. 

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Maximizing Federal Funds Website Resource

It is designed as an extension to the 2017 New Jersey Department of Education resource entitled “Unlocking Your Federal Funds,” which provided information on Federal funding flexibilities under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

This resource is best used within LEA's cycle of continual improvement. On a continual basis, LEAs in collaboration with diverse stakeholders identify students' needs, particularly the needs of the most vulnerable and those most impacted by COVID-19. Once these needs are identified, the examples below can provide ideas and inspiration about how to best use ESSER money and how to pair it with more sustainable Federal funding streams to have the most positive and lasting impacts on students and schools. 


Although this resource discusses Federal laws and regulations, it is intended solely to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. This guidance provides a general overview of allowable activities, but whether or not a particular cost can be supported with Federal funds depends on the underlying facts and circumstances and State and Federal rules (e.g. New Jersey Treasury Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Uniform Grant Guidelines, respectively). Therefore, an activity listed in this resource may not be allowable in all circumstances, and conversely, an activity not listed in this resource may be allowable. This guide was created to demonstrate how programs, strategies, or initiatives may be supported with Federal funds. Please note a school or local education agency is under no obligation to use its Federal funds for those programs or activities highlighted in this guide. 

For questions, concerns, or issues, see the below list of funding sources and topic the corresponding website. If you cannot find the information you need to resolve your issue, feel free to reach out to the appropriate office. Additionally, your county office may be able to answer questions related to budgets, funding, and reporting requirements.

County Office Contact Information

Funding Source/TopicDivision/Office Division/Office Email Address
ESSER (General) Educational Services
Federal Entitlement Grants ESEA/ESSA (General) Educational Services
Title I, Part A Supplemental Educational Programs 
Title II, Part A Supplemental Educational Services
Title III, Part A Supplemental Educational Programs
Title IV, Part A Supplemental Educational Programs
Non-public Schools Nonpublic School Services
Grant Applications (EWEG) Grants Management
McKinney-Vento (Education of Homeless Children and Youth) Supplemental Educational Programs
Educational Stability of Students in Foster Care Supplemental Educational Programs
21st Century Community Learning Centers Student Support Services
Comprehensive Support Network/School Improvement Office of Comprehensive Support Network
School Climate and Culture Student Support Services
IDEA, Part B (Fiscal) Fiscal and Data Services
Adult Education Adult Education
Perkins V Office of Career Readiness
Early Childhood and New Jersey Head Start Early Childhood Education

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Page Last Updated: 04/22/2024

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