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The status of grant applications will be updated as new information becomes available.

GRANT:
State Fiscal Stabilization Fund

DESCRIPTION: The State Fiscal Stabilization Program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. ARRA will provide more than $48 billion to America’s governors to reduce the potential of additional funding reductions in state and local budgets for education and other essential government services.

AMOUNT: Alabama's share is more than $729 million, with schools (including institutions of higher education) designated to receive $596.35 million. The remaining $132.68 million will assist funding of general state government services.  

STATUS: Alabama has received 100% of federal funds for general state government services and 90% of federal funds for education and will apply those funds based on the timeline below.

TIMELINE: 50% of education funds will be applied in fiscal year 2010. The remaining 50% will be applied in fiscal year 2011. 100% of general state government services funds will be applied in fiscal year 2010.

Update as of 3-2-2010 The Phase II application was submitted on December 24th 2009, prior to the January deadline. The Finance Department received an email notifying that the Phase I application along with the corresponding Maintenance of Effort documentation was approved by the Department of Education on February 22, 2010.

Update as of 7-6-2012 All funds have been expended.


GRANT: SFSF Government Services Allocation

DESCRIPTION:Section 14002(b) of the ARRA authorizes a State to use its Government Services funds for “public safety and other government services”, including assistance for elementary and secondary education and public IHEs. In addition, the State may use these funds for modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities and IHEs, including modernization, renovation, and repairs that are consistent with a recognized green-building rating system, subject to the requirements in the ARRA. The scope of allowable activities must be determined on the basis of State law, subject to applicable requirements in the ARRA and other Federal laws, including the limited restrictions in the ARRA on the uses of funds.A State should expend funds from its Government Services Fund allocation in a manner that will help create jobs, reduce unemployment, stabilize and improve the State’s economy, and avert the need to raise taxes. The Department also encourages Governors to use these funds in ways that support State and local educational reform initiatives, especially activities that will enable the State to make progress in the areas related to the four education reform assurances provided in the State’s application for Stabilization funding.

AMOUNT: $1,510,903.00

STATUS: All funds have been expended to date.

TIMELINE: The Government Services funds are available for obligation through September 30, 2011.

Update as of 08-12-2010
The Finance Dept will receive $500,000 from the Government Services portion of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds. Efforts are being made to complete all paperwork necessary to be a sub-recipient, which includes updating the Finance Dept Risk Management Checklist. EBO created a Required Data Elements Document that will show sub-recipients what data will need to be submitted to EBO for quarterly reporting. Each recipient of Government Services funds will receive an SFSF processes document containing all deadlines for reporting these data elements and the processes that will need to be used.

Update as of 07-06-2012 All funds have been expended to date


GRANT: Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

DESCRIPTION: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Broadband Opportunities Program would allow an upgrade to the state data network, providing robust, converged voice and data network access to state agencies and public safety offices across Alabama. As a result, underserved areas would gain access to faster bandwidth, greater reliability, improved web-based application experiences, stronger network security, voice over IP, video service applications and more.

AMOUNT: $30,000,000.00 requested

STATUS: Applied (Department of Finance Information Services Division)

TIMELINE: Application due August 14, 2009 (please see Timeline updates below):

Update as of 10-15-09: The BTOP Review Committee was to send their recommendations to the Governor's Office the morning of October 14th. A letter is to be sent from the Governor's Office to NTIA with an endorsement of selected projects. We have not yet been notified of the committee's decisions.

Update as of 11-4-09: ISD ‘s grant request was recommended by the Governor to the Dept. of Commerce to consider ISD Metro E Broadband Network grant application. ISD is suppose to receive notice of approval sometime in December 2009.

Update as of 3-2-2010 On January 25th, the Finance Department received a letter stating that our grant application was not selected for the 1st round of funding by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). We are organizing a second round application which will hopefully be more competitive. Attached is a copy of the letter that was received.

Update as of 08-17-2010 ISD made the decision to request a withdrawal of the application described above from the federal funding agency. There are several reasons for withdrawal, with the most significant factor being that ISD believes there are alternate cost effective measures that may be available to the State in order to achieve the same result that would have been seen with the use of the BTOP grant.  


GRANT: Education Jobs Funds

DESCRIPTION: The Education Jobs Fund (Ed Jobs) program is a new Federal program that provides $10 billion in assistance to States to save or create education jobs for the 2010-2011 school year. Jobs funded under this program include those that provide educational and related services for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education.

AMOUNT: $151,748,704.00

STATUS: Funds remaining to be spent.

TIMELINE: Funds must be made available to LEAs for use in the 2010-2011 school year.

Update as of 08-12-2010
The State of Alabama submitted a grant application on 8-20-2010. No response from the Department of Education has been received.


Update as of 07-06-2012
Funds remaining to be spent.

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