Funding and Finance

Connie Hill
Director of Funding and Finance
Phone: 602-364-4020
Fax: 602-542-5404
Email: [email protected]


To promote the development and implementation of special education through the proper allocation and distribution of federal funds. Proper funding processes ensure students with disabilities reach the highest level of achievement possible in school, the work place, and the community.

Program Description

The ESS Funding Unit distributes IDEA formula-driven, non-competitive, and discretionary, competitive grants to eligible schools throughout Arizona. The grant process is fully automated through the ADE Grants Management Enterprise system. Grants are approved, amended, and financially monitored through the automated system. There are approximately twenty grant categories and the unit processes approximately 1000 applications per year.

In addition to grants, the ESS Funding Unit manages all contracts, procurement, data collection, and budgeting for Exceptional Student Services.

Grants Management

Special Education Cost Study 2007

2017 IDEA Basic Entitlement Allocations
for Arizona Public Schools

OSEP 08-09 Coordinated Early Intervening Services

Proportionate Share Guidance Under IDEA

Contract Management
Contract Management facilitates new contracts, renewals, and modifications to contracts, as well as coordinating requests for proposals (RFPs).

Budget and Finance
Budget and Finance facilitates accounts payables, procurement, travel reimbursement, equipment orders, budget, and single audit activities.

Sonia Pizano, Procurement Specialist
Alice Nunes, Program Project Specialist

ESS Grants Management
ESS Grants Management is responsible for the distribution and auditing of IDEA grants for all public local education agencies (LEAs) providing services to students with disabilities.

Tanya Rodriguez, Grant Compliance Specialist
Evelyn Benavidez, Grant Compliance Specialist
Ingrid Rope, Grant Compliance Specialist
Denise Pawlak, Grant Compliance Specialist

Training Documents



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