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Federal grants are allocated to the district by the Wyoming Department of Education based on enrollment and other factors, such as poverty rates. Even though federal grants are received based upon student population, they also have a variety of application and implementation requirements. Examples include Title I-A and Title II-A grants. For more information on federal grant funding, please visit the following link: WY Department of Education Federally Funded Programs.

Competitive grants, as the name implies, are optional funds based on the merits of written proposals, decided by judging. Competitive grants can include federal funds, state funds, and foundations.

Private grants are sought by the district to support community based programs and opportunities for students. There are numerous private foundations in our community that support the district’s work through grant-making.

Grant Descriptions


Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. 

This funding assists to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on state academic achievement standards and assessments

Sheridan County School District 2 uses the following Methodology for Title I-A Funding Compliance:

SDSD2 Title I-A Funding Methodology

Title I: 1003(a) School Improvement Grants

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Educational Agencies allocate funds for Title I Schools in Improvement in order to help further assist those schools with improvement practices to meet their goals. The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) annually releases a competitive grant for eligible schools to apply for the available funds.


Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders


Providing students with a well-rounded education; Supporting safe and healthy students; and Supporting the effective use of technology.


The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) is authorized under Title IX Part A of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is also known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  This act is designed to address the problems that children and youth in transition face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.


The Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is a federal act designed to develop more fully the academic and career technical skills of secondary education students and post-secondary education students who elect to enroll in career technical education programs. Perkins V provides federal funding for secondary and post-secondary career and technical education in Wyoming.

IDEA Part B Funds

IDEA Part B funds must be used only to pay the excess costs of special education and related services for children with disabilities in accord with the provisions of 34 C.F.R. 300.202 and must be used to supplement state, local and other federal funds and not to supplant those funds. (34 C.F.R. Section 300.202.)

IDEA funds support the following:

  • To ensure that all children with disabilities have available free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique learning needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.
  • To ensure that educators and parents have the necessary tools to improve education results for children with disabilities by supporting system improvement activities.

Covid Relief Funds


The ESSER Funds will provide Wyoming school districts with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the state. The allocation is in the same proportion as Wyoming received under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in fiscal year 2019.