Funding Sources

We use the Funding Formula for Aid to Education to allocate state funds to local school districts. Districts also apply to RIDE for allocation of funds for specific purposes, such as school construction. In addition, RIDE manages a number of federal grants and programs that provide funds to school districts for such programs as aid for schools with high poverty concentrations, the education of students with disabilities, and school breakfast and lunch programs.

In addition to grant and personnel spending, the budget includes money for purchased services and supplies that are procured through the purchasing system. The department also periodically audits local education agencies.

Learn more about education funding sources:


  • On the state RIPAY web site vendors and other interested people may look up any payment made by the State of Rhode Island, by searching on outstanding purchase orders, ACH payments, and payments by check.