Funding and Finance

Connie Hill
Director of Funding and Finance
Phone: 602-364-4020
Fax: 602-542-5404
Email: Connie.Hill@azed.gov

Mission

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.

Special Education Assistance to Schools

Grants Management

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – IDEA Part B

Special Education Cost Study 2007

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.

Sheila Wallace, Procurement Specialist
Alice Nunes, Administrative Assistant

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 Amador, Grant Compliance Specialist
Evelyn Benavidez, Grant Compliance Specialist
Ingrid Rope, Grant Compliance Specialist
Denise Pawlak, Grant Compliance Specialist

Training Documents

Fiscal Monitoring

Grants Management – Fiscal Monitoring: Exceptional Student Services


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