The third and final call in the Innovative Uses of Funds series addressed blending and braiding Title I, Part D funds with federal, state and local funds. Specifically, we discussed:
The difference between blending and braiding funds
Constraints on braiding and blending federal funding
Ways in which your fellow State Title I, Part D coordinators are currently or considering blending and braiding TIPD funds in Montana, Washington State, and Utah
Technical assistance resources to help you encourage your subgrantees to blend or braid their TIPD funds
Participant Question About Supplanting Funds
Can Subpart 2 funds be used to supplant state or local funds since it is not explicitly prohibited in the statute?
Supplanting Subpart 2 funds is contrary to the spirit of the law—even though the statute does not explicitly prohibit it. For more information, refer to "Supplanting vs Supplementing Subpart 2 Funds" a technical assistance document prepared by NDTAC in 2009. It is available for download under Call Materials.
Participant Questions for Kathleen Sande
In addition to Subpart 2 funds, what other funding sources support the Education Advocate program?
Some of the grantees get their Advocates funded in part by the school districts who definitely see the value of the advocate services for their youth in the high and middle schools.
Do you use discretionary funding exclusively with your Subpart 1 and/or Subpart 2 dollars or do use formula funding for a portion of your Title I, Part D dollars?
I give out subpart 1 funds by formula. I give out subpart 2 funds both discretionary and by formula. The formula funding goes directly to the detention school sites. The discretionary funds go for the 9 Advocate grants and our 3 Health Service grants.
These are the resources discussed during the call. Additional resources are listed in the Call Recap available for download under Call Materials.