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You might notice the same question but it has different answers throughout the FAQ section. Answers can vary depending on the process in question. Check and make sure you are reviewing the question that corresponds only to the process you’re questioning. A majority of the following FAQs can also be answered in the Grants Management Handbook, which is located as a download on the Grants Management Enterprise homepage.
Carryover and Interest
Which projects allow the budget balance and interest to be amended/carried over into a current year project?
Whether the remaining budget balance and earned interest is allowed to be amended/carried over into a current year project depends on specific program guidelines that are governed by State statute and Federal legislation. Please contact the program area representative for specific requirements.
Once the program office has approved the prior year Completion Report, that carryover amount indicated should be amended as soon as possible into the current year project. The program office prior year Completion Report approval notification can be received via email or by postal mail.
Only federal grants have a 27-month spending term, which starts the first fiscal year the grant/project is approved and then extends 27months out from that date. If a federal grant/project has a 27-month spending term the funds MUST be expended and/or amended by the end of that term or the funds expire. Once funds have expired all monies MUST be returned to the Arizona Department of Education.
E.g., a LEA was approved for a federal grant/project that has a 27-month spending term. The project was approved for FY02 with the begin date of July 1, 2001. The second year (FY03) the LEA did not apply and therefore did not receive any FY03 funds. Then, in the third year (FY04) the LEA did apply and was approved to receive funding. Even though the LEA did not receive funding the second fiscal year, any allowable carryover from the FY02 project would expire September 30, 2003 (FY04) because it is the end of the 27-month spending term. All funds should have been amended and approved prior, if not then remaining funds MUST be returned to the Arizona Department of Education.
How often does interest earned on federal projects have to be returned to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE)?
Interest earned on federal funds in excess of $100 per project must be returned to the ADE Accounting Office at least quarterly during the project period (Johnson O’Malley is currently exempt from this rule). If the interest in excess of $100 is returned at least quarterly, then in the Completion Report only state whatever interest has been earned on the project in the last quarter.
To return these funds you will need to complete the return of funds form located here.
Interest earned on state funds may or may not be required to be returned to the ADE. See the Contacts section to contact the appropriate program office for specific guidelines.
Arizona Department of Education
Grants Management Bin #3
1535 W Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-3695
Fax: (602) 542-4063