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1 A Fiscal Overview of Grants (Bilingual, LIPLEP, IEP) Presented by: Kim Lewis

2 Presentation Outline Grant Life Grant Life Important Grant Guidelines Important Grant Guidelines Grant Budgets and Amendments (problem areas) Grant Budgets and Amendments (problem areas) Grant Expenditures Grant Expenditures Other Fiscal Issues Other Fiscal Issues Electronic Services Electronic Services Helpful Internet Sites Helpful Internet Sites Division and Contact Information Division and Contact Information

3 GRANT LIFE OF FUNDS STATE (3000 series) Funds appropriated by the General Assembly are available for obligation from July 1 to June 30. Obligations made within the grant period can be paid (liquidated) until August. (Bilingual) Funds appropriated by the General Assembly are available for obligation from July 1 to June 30. Obligations made within the grant period can be paid (liquidated) until August. (Bilingual) FEDERAL (4000 series) In general, federal funds are available for 27 months (August 1 to September 30). (LIPLEP and IEP) In general, federal funds are available for 27 months (August 1 to September 30). (LIPLEP and IEP) –One year of current year funding; –One year of carryover funding; –Plus 3 months of lapse (to liquidate outstanding obligations)

4 IMPORTANT GRANT GUIDELINES START AND END DATES In general, grants should be operated in a twelve month period. In general, grants should be operated in a twelve month period. –Bilingual = July 1 to June 30 –LIPLEP/IEP = September 1 to August 31. All grant activities must be conducted and all expenditures must be obligated between the start and end date. All grant activities must be conducted and all expenditures must be obligated between the start and end date.

5 GRANT BUDGETS Understand allowable direct costs, forms and instructions. Understand allowable direct costs, forms and instructions. Make sure important contact information is provided. Make sure important contact information is provided. -- Region-County-District-Type Code -- Contact Name, Address, Phone, Fax -- Use forms that are provided. Do not doctor another form to submit. Use the proper function and object per the Use the proper function and object per the Part 100 Requirements of Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Reporting and Auditing Cost Allocation Plan (CAP) Cost Allocation Plan (CAP)

6 6 Problem Areas Instruction-function 1000: provides DIRECT STUDENT INSTRUCTION (no directors, secretaries, clerks, etc.) Instruction-function 1000: provides DIRECT STUDENT INSTRUCTION (no directors, secretaries, clerks, etc.) Improvement of Instruction-function 2210: staff development activities/curriculum planning activities – STAFF only. Improvement of Instruction-function 2210: staff development activities/curriculum planning activities – STAFF only. Workers/unemployment comp: object 300: employers insurances – NOT a benefit Workers/unemployment comp: object 300: employers insurances – NOT a benefit

7 7 Problem Areas General admin-function 2300: LIPLEP admin and indirect costs limited to 2% of budget General admin-function 2300: LIPLEP admin and indirect costs limited to 2% of budget Capital Outlay (object 500): EQUIPMENT > $500/unit (IF no entity-wide, board-approved equipment threshold of > $500/unit). Capital Outlay (object 500): EQUIPMENT > $500/unit (IF no entity-wide, board-approved equipment threshold of > $500/unit). –Not materials (no matter what the cost) NON-Capitalized Equipment: EQUIPMENT > entity threshold (IF entity-wide, board-approved equipment threshold of > $500/unit). NEW on 2010 budgets. NON-Capitalized Equipment: EQUIPMENT > entity threshold (IF entity-wide, board-approved equipment threshold of > $500/unit). NEW on 2010 budgets.

8 8 IF AND ONLY IF entity-wide, board-approved threshold for equipment… IF AND ONLY IF entity-wide, board-approved threshold for equipment… Examples: Examples: –District #100 has an ENTITY-WIDE, BOARD- APPROVED threshold for equipment of $5000: Equipment costing $4000/unit = > $500 but $500 but < $5000 should be in object 700 (non-capitalized equipment) Equipment costing $7000/unit = > $500 AND > $5000 should be in object 500 (capital outlay) Equipment costing $7000/unit = > $500 AND > $5000 should be in object 500 (capital outlay) Equipment costing $499 = should be in object 400 (as always) Equipment costing $499 = should be in object 400 (as always) IF NO ENTITY-WIDE, BOARD-APPROVED threshold for equipment > $500/unit; then all equipment costing > $500/unit should be in object 500. IF NO ENTITY-WIDE, BOARD-APPROVED threshold for equipment > $500/unit; then all equipment costing > $500/unit should be in object 500. Probably not a lot of districts will have a different threshold Probably not a lot of districts will have a different threshold

9 9 Problem Areas Object 600 Other: now includes transfers and tuition. New on 2010 budgets. Object 600 Other: now includes transfers and tuition. New on 2010 budgets. Function 3000: Parent activities; non-public students/staff costs Function 3000: Parent activities; non-public students/staff costs Function 4000: when payment made to a governmental unit, indicate what governmental unit being paid (example: ROE, ISC, Special Ed Cooperative, college/university). Function 4000: when payment made to a governmental unit, indicate what governmental unit being paid (example: ROE, ISC, Special Ed Cooperative, college/university).

10 10 Problem Areas Function 4000: Function 4000: –Object 300: fiscal agents staff/students benefit from this expenditure (example: staff development activities paid to U of I for MY STAFF) –Object 600: flow through – my students/staff do NOT benefit from this expenditure (cooperatives) Provide enough detail that a reader can determine if the cost is budgeted properly Provide enough detail that a reader can determine if the cost is budgeted properly –Function/object name NOT sufficient detail

11 11 Easy way to determine function/object First determine object (column): First determine object (column): –salary, benefit, service, materials, equipment Then determine function (use of funds): Then determine function (use of funds):EXAMPLE: -pencils = object 400 materials -who uses pencils? Students, staff, admin, janitor, parents – determines what function to use.

12 GRANT BUDGETS Provide sufficient detail for all expenditures, especially equipment (if using object 700, must include entity-wide, board-approved equipment threshold.) Provide sufficient detail for all expenditures, especially equipment (if using object 700, must include entity-wide, board-approved equipment threshold.) Monthly Payment Schedules should reflect anticipated expenditures – salaries requested monthly when current activities begin. (begin when current activities begin) Monthly Payment Schedules should reflect anticipated expenditures – salaries requested monthly when current activities begin. (begin when current activities begin) NO LUMP SUM PAYMENTS unless there are documented direct costs or obligations. NO LUMP SUM PAYMENTS unless there are documented direct costs or obligations. Proper Signatures and Copies Proper Signatures and Copies

13 GRANT AMENDMENTS WHEN to AMEND: If anticipated expenditures will exceed 20% or $1,000, whichever is greater, on a budgeted cell. If anticipated expenditures will exceed 20% or $1,000, whichever is greater, on a budgeted cell. To access carryover for federal entitlement grants. To access carryover for federal entitlement grants. When there is a major change in project scope. When there is a major change in project scope. Adding a new expenditure item Adding a new expenditure item Itemization/Description vs. Rationale for Change Itemization/Description vs. Rationale for Change Amendment needed when changing amounts in cells; NOT NECESSARILY needed when expending in a cell > than what was budgeted (see variance above). Amendment needed when changing amounts in cells; NOT NECESSARILY needed when expending in a cell > than what was budgeted (see variance above).

14 14 Amendment Breakdown Example

15 GRANT EXPENDITURES Entered via IWAS-electronic expenditure reporting system. Entered via IWAS-electronic expenditure reporting system. Expenditure reports should always reflect cumulative expenditures. Expenditure reports should always reflect cumulative expenditures. Expenditures can vary by 20% or $1,000, whichever is the greater, on a budgeted cell. Expenditures can vary by 20% or $1,000, whichever is the greater, on a budgeted cell. Excess cash will be withheld from future scheduled payment(s). Excess cash will be withheld from future scheduled payment(s). A project is FINAL when the end date equals the expenditure through date with zero obligations. If an obligation is reported, the entity will have 90 days from the end date of the project to liquidate the obligation. A project is FINAL when the end date equals the expenditure through date with zero obligations. If an obligation is reported, the entity will have 90 days from the end date of the project to liquidate the obligation.

16 PROJECT FREEZES PROJECT FREEZES -- Excess Cash on Hand -- Late Expenditure Reports -- Refund Due from previous year (state grants) FEDERAL CARRYOVER (determined by prior year final report) FEDERAL CARRYOVER (determined by prior year final report) -- Unbudgeted Funds -- Unexpended Funds (Prepayment) INTEREST INCOME INTEREST INCOME -- Federal interest must be returned to appropriate Federal Agency if > $100. (34 CFR 80.21) -- State interest can be retained if it is applied back to the grant. IF not expended during grant period – interest earned must be returned to ISBE. (30 ILCS 705/10) RETURN OF FUNDS RETURN OF FUNDS -- Unspent State money > $50 should be returned within 45 days of notification by ISBE.

17 ELECTRONIC SERVICES Financial Reimbursement Information Inquiry (FRIS Inquiry) Financial Reimbursement Information Inquiry (FRIS Inquiry) Electronic Expenditure Reports via IWAS Electronic Expenditure Reports via IWAS COMING in 2011: eGMS – grants electronic submission via IWAS COMING in 2011: eGMS – grants electronic submission via IWASHOPE-HOPE-HOPE-HOPE-HOPE-HOPE-HOPE –Data collection early January (enrollment); –Allocations generated by this data; then –PLAN is mid-April for 2011 grant application publication Funding & Disbursement Services Division

18 18 FRIS Inquiry

19 Division of Funding and Disbursements: -www.isbe.net -Divisions and Program Areas -Funding & Disbursements FRIS Inquiry: -www.isbe.net -FRIS Inquiry Link State and Federal Grant Administration Policy, Procedures, Requirements:-www.isbe.net -Divisions and Program Areas -Funding & Disbursements -General Grant Info (Resources box) -State and Federal Grant Admin Policy...

20 DIVISION OF FUNDING AND DISBURSEMENT SERVICES DIVISION ADMINISTRATOR: Tim Imler Division Supervisor: Mary Morrison Principal Fiscal Consultants: Kim Lewis or Sally Cray Fiscal Contact for Bilingual/LIPLEP/IEP: Judy Conboy 217/ Funding & Disbursement Services Division


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