ADE has been in communication with the U.S. Department of Education regarding education grant funding should a partial shutdown of Federal operations occur next week. While we hope to avoid any interruptions, it may be the case that ADE would be unable to draw down cash from the Federal government to process any new payment requests that are received during the shutdown.
ADE encourages its grantees to submit payment requests as they normally would and does not believe it is necessary to draw down excess cash in anticipation of a possible shutdown. ADE is working diligently to approve and process any outstanding payment requests that have been received and does not anticipate any delay in disbursing funds to grantees.
As always, grantees are allowed to request federal grant funds to reimburse for expenses already incurred or for expenses that will be realized in the forthcoming 10-15 days, and that procedure should alleviate any issues during a brief Federal shutdown.
Should a partial shutdown impede our ability to disburse funds to grantees, we will communicate with all grantees immediately. Should you have any questions about the status of payment requests or forthcoming payment requests, please contact the Grants Management Division at (602) 542-3695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those LEAs who receive Federal funds directly such as Impact Aid or REAP funds, we encourage you to contact your program office at U.S. Department of Education for more information on how any of these scenarios may impact your funds.