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AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT of 2009
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide grant money of $300,008 for equipment to Maine Schools. This is great!! There is a very short turn around time for the districts and the State Agency, and we do not have all the details yet.
Think about this when doing your equipment purchasing.
"A bill to create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America's middle class through measures that modernize the nation's infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need, and for other purposes." taken from open congress web page
38% of districts in the NSLP applied for grants
276 applications for evaluation
2.5 million dollars in request
Spreadsheet of SAU's Receiving Grant Money
The spreadsheet lists the district, school, equipment and award amount. If for any reason the district is not interested in the grant please let me know ASAP so it can be awarded to another Maine schools. Award letters will be going out this week.
FINAL APPROVED LIST
Note: amount to be determined, will be at least $6500 but will not exceed 10,000. this will be determned if any grants are refused.
Well by now you guessed it. We received more applications then expected, which shows the need. Funds were not awarded for installation and shipping, so the number of requests could be maximized to schools. the committee struggled making the awards to the few from the many. The committee wants to encourage schools to use local equipment suppliers and labor for the purchase and installation of equipment. Not all districts were 100% funded. Maxi um awards were put on some equipment based on quotes from all submitted. Each district was also capped at dollars 20,000. the committee realizes it may be difficult to obtain local funds for the balance. therefore we are requesting with in ten days of the letter notify DOE?CNS yes or no I the district will accept the grant
What Happens Next
1. Schools will get letters with the above information. Schools MUST confirm they do want the grant money by June 8th 2009.
2. Agreements must be signed and returned to DOE if not already submitted. (agreement link below)
3. Schools order and install equipment.
4. Schools submit claim for equipment reimbursement with invoices for approved equipment. (claim link below)
5. DOE will issue paperwork for check to be cut to SAU
6. SAU receive check.
to record the grant using Maine's chart of accounts:
Forms On Line (Word Docs)
Forms On line (PDF)
Q. Can I buy a different piece of equipment then awarded.
A. NO, it must be the same piece of equipment for the school awarded to. if this becomes a problem contact walter beesley 624-6875
Q. When can I begin the purchase procedure?
A. NOW, the list is what the award and school are for. the letter will be your written documentation. schools all over the country will be ordering equipment.
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