Federal Funds

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in Rhode Island receive most of their federal funds through RIDE. These funds come from both allocation grants that are provided annually by formula as well as competitive grants.

More information about individual federal programs can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s alphabetical list of programs.

ESSER Expenditures by LEA

**CARES Act Summary and Frequently Asked Questions (May 11, 2020)**

RIDE has an Ombudsman for Equitable Services at ESSAOmbudsman@ride.ri.gov.

Accelegrants is Rhode Island’s online grant management system for the Federal Consolidated Resource Plan (CRP) grants including Title ITitle IITitle IIITitle IV(a)PerkinsAdult Ed, and IDEA.

Registered users from LEAs

All recipients of CRP grants have multiple users assigned to roles to input and/or approve data. Registered users can submit grant applications, including creating budgets, amend approved applications and budgets, and submit requests for reimbursement for approved expenses.

Other interested people

People who are not registered users can search for specific school districts, state schools, and charter schools and see approved grant applications, approved budgets, and reimbursements that have been paid.


At the log-in screen select the “Search” link on the left hand side to bypass the log-in requirement. Enter the name of the LEA you want to search for and click on the green dollar sign image next to the name of the LEA in the search results.


The “Document Library” link, also on the left side of the initial Accelegrants screen and accessible without logging in, contains numerous documents about how Accelegrants works and about the federal grants that are housed within it.


Each federal grant is assigned to a grant officer within the finance office:

Lisa Ellis


(401) 222-8954

  • IDEA, Part B
  • IDEA Preschool
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Project Opportunity Adult Ed Grants
  • DLT Grant: TRADE
  • Centers for Disease Control – School Based Surveillance to Support Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement
  • School Climate Transformation Project
  • Rhode Island Project AWARE
  • STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education Students

David Luther


(401) 222-4652

  • Title I, Part A
  • Title I - School Improvement
  • Title I, Part D - Neglected, Delinquent, and At-Risk
  • Education of the Homeless
  • Title IV, Part A

Crystal Martin


(401) 222-8482

  • Subrecipient monitoring
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD)

Jennifer Patrie


(401) 222-4651

  • State Assessment
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • New Skills for Youth
  • Rhode Island Early Learning Standards

Dalila Townes


(401) 222-8171

  • Title II - Teacher Quality
  • Title III - Language Acquisition
  • Child Nutrition Programs   

Anthony Vescera


(401) 222-4653

  • AmeriCorps
  • Investing in Innovation Grant
  • Perkins Career & Technical Education

RIDE has an Ombudsman for Equitable Services at


American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

Emergency Assistance to Non Public Schools (EANS II)

The Federal Emergency Assistance to Non Public Schools (EANS) was created due to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act).  A second allocation, The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP and/or EANS II) was also approved in 2021.  The U.S. Department of Education awarded $6,209,666 to the State of Rhode Island to further assist eligible non public schools.

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will administer the EANS II funding in a similar fashion to EANS I.  Please Note - even if you did not apply for EANS  I - all eligible schools are invited to apply for EANS II.

Please Note - funding guidelines for EANS II does NOT allow for reimbursement for any goods and/or services.

To be considered for the EANS II program, you must first submit a Letter of Internet.  If you do not submit a Letter of Intent by the deadline date, you cannot participate in the EANS II program.  See Cover Letter below.

EANS II - Cover Letter.pdf


*NOTE: deadline extended from December 27, 2021 to December 30, 2021*

ALL schools interested in participating in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP and/or EANS II) must submit a Letter of Intent to RIDE by Thursday, December 30, 2021

Letter of Intent for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Funds 

Applications will NOT be accepted after the deadline.  See additional Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions.

Communications via email - Monday, January 17, 2022.  On this date you will also be notified if your school was eligible to participate in the EANS II Program.

If your school was approved, you will also receive the amount of your Allocation and Allocation Request Template.  Additional directions will be given at that time.

School Allocation Request Templates will be due via email attachment to RIDE on/or before Monday, February 7, 2021.

RIDE will review Allocation Template and provide notification of approval, or provide additional guidance and a request for additional information, clarification, etc.   All correspondence will be within 30 days from the receipt of the successfully completed Allocation Request Template.

EANS II Guidance information

American Rescue Plan (ARP) – Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS II) – Approved Schools & Set Asides

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


  • Under section 2004(c) of the American Rescue Act, LEAs must maintain equity for high-poverty schools by ensuring:
    • There is no disproportionate reduction in combined State and local per-pupil funding compared to all schools served by the LEA in that fiscal year
    • There is no disproportionate reduction in the number of FTE staff per-pupil compared to all schools served by the LEA in that fiscal year
  • These requirements apply to fiscal years (FY) 2022 and 2023 (i.e., 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years).
  • LEAs may choose to evaluate whether they have maintained fiscal and staffing equity by grade span or in the LEA as a whole.
  • A “high-poverty school” is a school in the highest quartile of schools served by the LEA based on the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in the school. An LEA may determine its high-poverty schools on a districtwide basis or by grade span.


  • The ARP Act excepts an LEA from the local maintenance of equity requirements if the LEA:
    • Has a total enrollment of less than 1,000 students
    • Operates a single school
    • Serves all students within each grade span with a single school
    • Demonstrates an exceptional or uncontrollable circumstance, such as unpredictable changes in student enrollment or a precipitous decline in the financial resources of the LEA, as determined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education
  • The Secretary has determined that an LEA that did not have an aggregate reduction in combined State and local per-pupil funding in FY 2022 compared to FY 2021, or in FY 2023 compared to FY 2022, has demonstrated an exceptional or uncontrollable circumstance to warrant an exception from maintaining equity for that fiscal year.

  • View list of LEAs - MOEquity Exceptions Report 2022  [XLSX, 14 KB]
  • Rhode Island LEA-MOEquity Data - 2021-2022  [XLSX, 268 KB]
  • View list of LEAs - MOEquity Exceptions Report 2023 [XLSX, 14 KB]

  • The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will work with local education agencies (LEAs) that were not automatically excepted or excepted via self-certification to ensure MOEquity requirements for SY2021-2022 are met. RIDE will meet with the LEAs to ensure that no disproportionate reductions were taken against high-poverty schools as compared to all schools in the school district. Any non-compliance will be required to be resolved before the start of the SY2022-2023. If an LEA refuses to or cannot resolve the disproportionality, RIDE will follow 2CFR 200.339 - Remedies for compliance.