Grants Administration and Compliance Office

The Los Fresnos CISD Office of Grants Administration and Compliance provides support services and guidance to campuses and departments in assuring program implementation compliance in the use of Federal and State Compensatory Education funds.


Our Goal

It is our goal to maximize the use of federal funds, reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to eliminate the gap of our low-income children and support the District's Core Values and Strategies.


Our Mission

Its our mission to support campus and district initiatives and priorities through ethical and fiscally responsible management of all district funds entrusted to this office.

Federal Entitlements

ESSER (Elementary, Secondary School Emergency Relief) Fund


In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided nearly $190.5 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. States receive funds based on the same proportion that each state receives under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title-IA. States must distribute at least 90% of funds to local education agencies (LEAs) based on their proportional share of ESEA Title I-A funds. States have the option to reserve 10% of the allocation for emergency needs as determined by the state to address issues responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 27, 2020, provided $13.5 billion to the ESSER Fund. The statutory intent and purpose of the CARES Act education funding is to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.
  • The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), passed on Dec. 27, 2020, provided $54.3 billion in supplemental ESSER funding, known as the ESSER II fund.  The statutory intent and purpose of the CRRSA Act is to add additional stimulus funding to be available to  LEAs to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.
  • The American Rescue Plan Act, passed on March 11, 2021, provided $122.7 billion in supplemental ESSER funding, known as the ESSER III fund. The statutory intent and purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) is to provide wrap-around services in light of the challenges of COVID-19; and assistance needed to enable homeless children and youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities.
      • The SEAs are required to reserve their allocations to carry out activities: 5% to address learning loss, 1% for afterschool activities, and 1% for summer learning programs.
      • The LEAs must reserve at least 20% of the funding they receive to address learning loss. 
      • Two-thirds of ESSER funds are immediately available to states, while remaining funds will be made available after states submit ESSER implementation plans. The U.S. Department of Education is tracking state plans, 28 states have submitted their plans for review and approval. 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On December 2015, Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, was signed into law and replaced No Child Left Behind, or NCLB, as the nation’s major law governing public schools. Please click on the following link to learn more.



Entitlement Summary Descriptions:


Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs

Title I, Part A program goals are to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic standards and state academic assessments.

Title I, Part A provides supplemental resources to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families acquire the knowledge and skills in the state content standards and to meet the state student performance standards.

Title I, Part A provides support to schools in implementing either a school-wide program or a targeted assistance program and requires that these programs use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based research.

Title I, Part C - Migrant Education Program

Title I, Part C - Migrant Education Program (MEP) is to design and support programs that help migrant students overcome the challenges of mobility, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, and other difficulties associated with a migratory lifestyle.

MEP provides supplemental instructional and support services for migrant students and out of school migrant youth. These efforts are aimed at helping migrant students succeed in school and successfully transition to postsecondary education or employment.


Title I, Part D – Delinquent
Title I, Part D, Subparts 1 and 2, provide supplemental funding designed to improve the educational service to children in facilities for the neglected or delinquent so that these students will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the state content standards. The goal is that these students will meet the same student performance standards that all children in the state are expected to meet.

Title I, Part D has a primary focus of facilitating the transition and academic needs of students from correctional programs to further education or employment.

Title II, Part A - Teacher, Principal Training and Recruiting (TPTR)
Title II, Part A funds provide supplemental funding to improve student achievement. The funds are used to improve teacher and principal quality through recruitment, hiring and retention strategies and to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools. The program uses scientifically based professional development interventions and holds districts and schools accountable for improvements in student academic performance.


Title III, Part A - (LEP) - English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act

Title III, LEP funds are earmared to develop programs for limited English proficient students to attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment, and meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.

Title IV, Part A SSAEP (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program)
Title IV, Part A funds are earmarked to provide funding to improve the academic achievement of all students by increasing the capacity of LEAs, schools, and communities to (1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, (2) improve school conditions for student learning, and (3) improve the use of technology in order to enhance academic outcomes and digital literacy of students.

IDEA B Formula

The purpose of IDEA B is to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities ages 3-21. The regulations implementing IDEA B define the purpose of the act as a means to do the following: Ensure that all students with disabilities have available a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) that includes special education and related services to meet their unique needs; Ensure that the rights of students with disabilities and of their parents are protected; Assest states and localities in providing for the education of all students with disabilities and Assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate those students.

Title I, Part C - Carl Perkins Grant
The purpose of the career and technical education (CTE) program is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary students who enroll in CTE programs by: assisting CTE students in meeting challenging academic and technical standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage or high demand occupations; promoting the integration of academic and career technical instruction that links secondary and postsecondary education for CTE students.

GEAR UP (Region One) Grant
This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students


1. Provide technical assistance to district staff and administrators related to the programmatic and budgetary compliance on:

    Title I, Part A
    Title I, Part D (Neglected and Delinquent)
    Title II, Part A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting)
    Title III, Part A (EL)
    Title IV (SSAEP)
    State Compensatory Education (SCE)
    Special Education - IDEA B Formula
    Carl D Perkins (CTE)

2. Support district staff in relation to grant management, compliance and monitoring.

3. Assist with Campus Improvement Plans (CIP) and State Compensatory training and oversight.