Schools have to navigate a variety of different sources that contribute to their overall total amount of funding. When planning, it is important to be aware of these different sources and to know the flexibilities and restrictions for each one.
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This document (available in English and Spanish) provides more detailed information on some of the funding sources described below, such as where they come from, what restrictions they have, and what they can be used for. Not every school will have every one of these types of funds and there are additional sources that may not be listed. Your principal can explain the specific funds available to your school.
General funds are the main funding source for the instructional and operational budgets of schools. They fund expenditures associated with the daily operations of schools, primarily personnel and supplies. When School Organizational Teams advise and assist on the strategic budget, they are primarily providing input on how money from the general fund is budgeted.
General funds are part of something called the “Distributive School Account" (DSA), which contains a base amount of funding for students determined by the state of Nevada. The amount a school receives is based on their average daily enrollment. Click here for more information about the DSA.
Special Education Funds
Special education funds provide instructional and support services for students who have Individualized Education Programs and/or receive special education services. Funds are provided based on the number of students receiving such services at the school.
Grants can come from a variety of sources, including the state and federal government. Some grants are awarded based on the submission and acceptance of an application from the school or District. Other grants may require schools to fall within a specific category to be eligible for the funds. Grants can be awarded to a single school or multiple schools.
Grants are awarded to fulfill a specific purpose, and each grant has specific uses and restrictions.
Some common examples of grants include Read by Grade 3, Nevada Ready 21, Zoom, and Victory grants.
Title I Funds
Title I is a federal grant program from which many schools in CCSD receive funds. Schools serving a significant number of students considered to be from low-income families, based the number of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, receive Title I funding. Not all schools receive Title I funds.
They may use these funds to provide supplies, equipment, technology, personnel, professional development, or tutoring. Schools must also use at least one percent of these funds for parent education activities.
Click here for more information about the Title I program in CCSD.
50 percent of the athletic ticket revenue a school receives is reimbursed to the school. The other 50 percent pays for costs associated with officiating, transportation, and school police services at athletic events. Schools must use the majority of these funds for student activities.
Student-generated funds come from fundraising, donations, and fees that are generated by students. They must be used to directly benefit students, instructional programs, and the educational environment of the school.
Miscellaneous Funding Sources
There are a number of other funding sources a school may have available. Again, these vary significantly by school.
Facility rental funds come from renting the school building to an outside agency or group.
Energy and recycling rebate funds may be available to schools participating in these programs.
Some schools may also receive donations from outside organizations. The uses and restrictions for donated funds will often be determined by the donating organization.
Remember – this is not an all-inclusive list of all funding sources a school may have available. Funding sources will vary greatly by school and principals are the best source of information about specific funding for their school.