Use of Funds

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Funding Obligations
Districts with a Title IV allocation of $30,000 or more, must:
  • use at least 20% of Title IV funds on activities to support well-rounded education, 
  • use at least 20% of Title IV funds on activities to support safe and healthy students, 
  • a portion of funds on activities to support the effective use of technology AND of this portion, no more than 15% can be used on technology infrastructure.
Districts with a Title IV allocation of less than $30,000 may spend funds in all three allowable areas or may choose only one area; however the 15% cap on technology infrastructure still applies to the portion of funds used whithin the techhology strand.

*Technology infrastructure includes devices, equipment, software applications, platforms, digital instructional resources and/or other one-time information technology purchases.

Administration
Districts may not use more than 2% of annual allocations for administration of the Title IV grant. This includes both indirect and direct costs related to administration of the grant.

Supplement, Not Supplant
Title IV funds must only be used to provide additional services, staff, programs, or materials that are not provided with state or local resources absent of federal funds; federal funds cannot pay for resources that would otherwise be purchased with state and/or local funds.

Activities
The activities below provide a general understanding of activities that would be deemed allowable under Title IV. This is not an all-inclusive list.

Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities
  • STEAM programs
  • Music and art programs
  • Foreign language offerings
  • The opportunity to earn credits from institutions of higher learning
  • Reimbursing low-income students to cover the costs of accelerated learning examination fees
  • Environmental education
  • Programs and activities that promote volunteerism and community involvement
Safe & Healthy Students
  • School-based mental health services
  • Drug and violence prevention activities that are evidence-based
  • Integrating health and safety practices into school or athletic programs
  • Nutritional education and physical education activities
  • Bullying and harassment prevention
  • Activities that improve instructional practices for developing relationship-building skills
  • Prevention of teen and dating violence, stalking, domestic abuse, and sexual violence and harassment
  • Establishing or improving school dropout and reentry programs
  • Training school personnel in effective practices related to the above
Educational Technology
  • Building technological capacity and infrastructure
  • Developing or using effective or innovative strategies for the delivery of specialized or rigorous academic courses through the use of technology
  • Carrying out blended learning activities (must include ongoing professional development for teachers)
  • Providing professional development on the use of technology to enable teachers to increase student achievement in STEAM areas
  • Providing students in rural, remote, and underserved areas with the resources to take advantage of high-quality digital learning experiences
  • Providing educators, school leaders, and administrators with the professional learning tools, devices, content and resources to:
    • Personalize learning
    • Discover, adapt, and share relevant high-quality educational resources
    • Use technology effectively in the classroom
  • Implement and support school and district-wide approaches for using technology to inform instruction, support teacher collaboration, and personalize learning