Non-Educational Community-Based Support Services (Non-Ed) funds provide assistance to support families of students with disabilities who are at risk of being placed in a residential facility primarily for educational purposes. These funds may also be used to support the family when a student with disabilities placed in a residential facility primarily for educational purposes returns from the residential facility.
Non-Ed funds may not be used for a student with disabilities who is currently placed or needs to be placed in a residential facility primarily for non-educational reasons.
Services provided with Non-Ed funds must be non-educational in nature and must not be used for services that are paid with educational funds.
Services provided with Non-Ed funds are not intended to be intensive or long-term but rather, periodic and short-term.
Non-Ed funds are optional for a school district or open-enrollment charter school. If a school district or open-enrollment charter school chooses to apply for Non-Ed funds, an application must be submitted to ESC-20.
The school district or open-enrollment charter school that is awarded Non-Ed funds must not make payments directly to the family but instead, must pay allowable Non-Ed expenditures directly to the service provider.
The application for Non-Educational Community-Based Support Services (Non-Ed) funds can only be initiated and completed by the local educational agency (LEA). The application process requires collaboration between the LEA and the Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCG) that services the area in which the student resides.
Non-Ed funds are available annually for allowable services provided between September 1 of the current year and August 31 of the following year. All expenditures and payments for services must occur between these dates.
The blank application form is available for download above. Additionally, printed blank application forms are available upon request.
Please review the application procedures:
The application must be completed by LEA personnel in collaboration with parents, community agencies, or service providers.
Applications must be completed under the direction of an LEA administrator with the authority to expend LEA funds.
The completed application must have the original signatures of the following individuals prior to submission to ESC-20:
1. Superintendent of single member district/chief education officer (CEO) or Superintendent from the Fiscal Agent of a special education Shared Service Arrangement (SSA); and
2. Chairperson of the CRCG that services the county in which the student resides.
Completed applications for funding for the 2012-2013 school year must be submitted to Denise Dusek at ESC-20 no later than August 10, 2012.
After the deadline, additional Non-Ed funds may become available later in the year, depending on availability of funding.
For questions regarding Non-Ed funds, possibility of additional funds after the deadline, or assistance with completion of the application, please contact Denise Dusek