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English Language Learner KnowledgeBase for Administrators & Teachers

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The English Language Learner (ELL) KnowledgeBase for Administrators and Teachers is an online resource supporting both the administration, teaching and execution of programs for English learning students. It offers resources related to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requirements and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Task 3: Funding

Federal Education Funding - Title I

Federal Education Funding - Titles III & IV



Federal Funding Sources - Rural Information Center

This database in cooperation with the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides information on federal programs devoted to rural areas.


Title III - State Formula Grant Programs Subpart 2: Accountability and Administration

The document offers resources explaining the provisions of Title III, Subpart 2, non-regulatory guidance on standards, assessment and accountability, state formula grant programs, guidance on foreign teachers and ESSA and information on grants and sub-grants for English language acquisition and language enhancement.



English Acquisition State Grants

This Department of Education website describes this program, which is designed to improve the education of limited English proficient (LEP) children and youths by helping them learn English and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. The program provides enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youths. Funds are distributed to states based on a formula that takes into account the number of immigrant and LEP students in each state.

Title III Funding for Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

This NASSP website provides information on Title III funding for ELL students. Download PDF

Grants and Subgrants for English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement

This U.S. Department of Education web site defines in the case of each state educational agency having a plan approved by the secretary for a fiscal year under section 3113, the secretary shall make a grant for the year to the agency for the purposes specified in subsection (b). The grant shall consist of the allotment determined for the state educational agency under subsection. Grants and subgrants for eligible parties are offered. (Part 1)

Grants to Native Americans and Alaska Natives for Career and Technical Education (NACTEP)

Native American Career and Technical Education Programs (NACTEP) provides grants to federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities and eligible BIE-funded schools to improve career and technical education programs that are consistent with the purposes of the Perkins Act and that benefit Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. NACTEP assists in the preparation of Native American students for the high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations in emerging or established professions.

Office of Impact Aid Program

This Department of Education website follows The Impact Aid law (now Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) provides millions of dollars for assistance to local school districts. Impact Aid Application


Migrant Education State Formula Grants

This U.S. Department of Education website offers information about Migrant Education—Basic State Formula Grants Programs. Funds support high quality education programs for migratory children and help ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements or state academic content and student academic achievement standards.

Funds also ensure that migratory children not only are provided with appropriate education services (including supportive services) that address their special needs, but also that such children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.

Migrant Education: College Assistance Migrant Program

This link goes to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education information on the College Assistance Migrant Program.

Special Education Grants for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students

This Northern Arizona University website showcases special education grants, such as: Preparing Rural Inclusive Multicultural Exceptional-educators (PRIME) grant, Culturally Responsive ESL Special Education Training (CREST) grant for ELLs, Preparing Rural Inclusive Special Educators (PRISE) grant, Rural Inclusive Special Educators (RISE) grant, Bilingual Rural Inclusive Development for General and Exceptional-educators (BRIDGE) grant for Navajo, Hopi and Mexican-American students, Developing Rural Exceptional-educators to Address Multicultural Students (DREAM) grant and the Limited-English-proficient-students Education for All Professionals (LEAP) grant.


$20 Million in Federal Grants for ELL Teacher Development

This 2017 article announced that U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) award of $20 million in grants under the National Professional Development Program (NPD), to support educators of English learner students.

How Are ELL Programs Funded Across States?

This website features a United States map outlining how ELL programs are funded by each state either by formula funding, categorical funding, reimbursement funding or no funding at all.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.