Truants' Alternative/Optional Ed
CSFA Number: 586-13-0542
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Brian Houser
Short Description
To serve students with attendance problems and/or dropouts up to and including those who are 21 years of age and provide truancy prevention and intervention services to students and their parents and/or serve as part-time or full-time options to regular school attendance.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
105 ILCS 5/2-3.66
Objectives and Goals
To increase school attendance and the high school graduation rate.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Funds are used to support approved grant activities to increase attendance and graduation rates:
a) Salaries and other fixed costs for approved personnel.
b) Equipment, material, and supplies necessary for grant activities.
c) Audits of the grants.
d) Subcontracts for services that cannot be provided by the staff.
e) Travel expenses for personnel to carry out grant functions.
f) Maintenance and repair of equipment purchased with grant funds.
g) In-service education related to the grant objectives as identified in the approved grant proposal.

Grant funds may not be used for the following:
a) Proposal preparation costs.
b) Daily snack/meals, overnight or out-of-state travel for students.
c) Incentive of cash, clothing, or other incentives provided to students.
d) Field trips purely recreational in nature.
e) Membership and dues to organizations, federations, or societies.
f) Capital improvement, such as facility construction, remodeling, or renovation.
g) Out-of-state travel for staff.
h) Payment of cell phones or cell phone usage.
i) Rent for facility owned by the grantee.
j) Instructional software for students. (Digital curriculum is provided at no charge through the TAOEP Professional Development grant.)

No more than 5 percent of the grant award can be used for administrative costs.

Institutions of Higher Education that receive a state award or federal pass-through award for a grant program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education will be restricted to a maximum indirect rate of 8% or other indirect cost rate calculated by their cognizant federal agency, whichever is less, pursuant to an exception to the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and GATA approved by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
Eligibility Requirements
Public school districts, Regional Offices of Education, community college districts, charter schools, area vocational centers, and public university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are eligible to apply.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
The following are required: a) quarterly expenditure reports, b) standard audit as described in the ISBE Certification and Assurances, and Standard Terms of the Grant, and c) standard record retention of three years.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
23 Ill. Adm. Code, CH 1, Section 205

34 CFR 76.561; 44 Ill. Adm. Code 7000.40
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $11,500,000
FY 2018 : $11,500,000
FY 2019 : $11,500,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details18-3695-RFNot Applicable03/14/2017 - 05/04/2017 : 12:00pm
Details19-3695-RF$0 - $004/27/2018 - 06/01/2018 : 4pm
Details20-3695-RFNot Applicable05/10/2019 - 06/28/2019 : 4 PM
Details20-3695PD$0 - $20000008/14/2019 - 10/01/2019 : 4 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
15016299025-3695(19)City of Chicago SD 29907/01/201906/30/20202,396,871
03000000000-3695(19)Bond/Christian/Effingham/Fayette/Montgomery ROE07/01/201906/30/2020371,723
31000000000-3695(19)Kane ROE07/01/201906/30/2020328,516
04000000000-3695(RF)Boone/Winnebago ROE07/01/201906/30/2020269,302