• Funding Guidelines
    If you have received notification that your project has been funded, congratulations! The project must be administered in accordance with District policies and state and federal statutes and regulations.

    Often, the funding agency may wish to negotiate the budget because the agency is funding the project for less that the amount requested in the proposal. The changes in the budget must be approved by the District administration. 


    Key items to consider:

    • Preparing and Submitting the District Budget
    • Revisions/Amendments to the Project Budget
    • Expenditures
    • Detailed Object Code Definitions
    • Preparing and Submitting the District Budget


    Once the budget for the grant is finalized and you receive the grant award notification, your project will be assigned to a Project Accountant in the Financial Services Department. The accountant will work with you to assign District budget codes to your project’s line items. Your total grant broken down into the District’s budget codes (Organization Codes and Object Codes) is known as the Budget Detail, and this should be submitted to the District’s Budget Office. The Budget Detail is what the Budget Office uses to load your budget into MUNIS so that funds can be expended.

    The Budget Office will also require a short narrative of the project to include: total budget by categories, how long the project will run, who is the project director and a brief description of the purpose and expected outcomes of the project. This narrative and budget outline will be used to present your project to the School Board Finance Committee and the full School Board for approval. As the grant writer, you and/or the project director may be asked to attend these meetings.




    Revisions/Amendments to the Project Budget

    Sometimes an awardee wishes to expend funds in categories other than those in the approved budget. Most funding sources do have provisions for amendments during the project-funding period. The grant writer is responsible for seeing that the amendments are submitted according to the grant regulations/procedures and timelines. Amendments should also be approved before they are submitted to the funding source by the District’s Office of Planning and Grants and the accountant assigned to your grant. If your amendment is approved by the funding source and District entities, you will then need to submit the new Budget Detail and narrative to the Budget Office.





    Any expenditure of funds must follow the procurement code of the District as is required by statute. This code ensures competition and value pricing.


    Generally, the code requires:


    Expenditures up to $1,499 No quotes or bids required
    $1,500-4,9993 Verbal quotes
    $5,000-10,0003 Written quotes
    $10,000-24,999 Advertised in South Carolina Business Opportunities for a quote
    Over $24,999 Formal bid is required







     The need for supplies and equipment should be anticipated sufficiently in advance to allow for timely delivery and for maximum use of project materials by the intended population. The grant writer or project director should be familiar with the requisition procedures in the school or department. As the project closing date approaches, every effort should be made to see that all purchase orders are closed and paid in time for the project accountant to file the final claim with the funding source by the project close date



    Instructional Services - Hiring a teacher who is not on District payroll to teach our students.
    Repairs & Maintenance - Covers repair and maintenance of equipment not covered under a warranty contract.
    Rentals - Renting a facility (renting a room, not on District property, for a meeting.)
    Equipment/Vehicle Rentals - Rental, on a short-term basis, of equipment that will be used in conjunction with a project or program; i.e., renting a large movie screen for an assembly program.
    Instructional Programs Improved Services - Hiring a teacher to teach 
    certified teachers.
    Staff Development - In State When District-classified employees attend 
    a District-approved seminar or job-related training, etc., in the state of S. C. travel. Budgeting for such expenses is to be done in accordance with 
    District regulations.
    Staff Development - Out of State When District-classified employees attend a District-approved seminar or job-related training, etc., out-of-State travel. Budgeting for such expenses is to be done in accordance with District regulations.
    Professional Development - In State When Certified employees attend a 
    District-approved seminar, etc., in state travel. Budgeting for such 
    expenses is to be done in accordance with District regulations.
    Professional Development - Out of State When Certified employees 
    attend a District-approved seminar, etc., out of state travel. Budgeting 
    for such expenses is to be done in accordance with District regulations.
    Professional Development - Out of USA When Certified employees attend a District-approved seminar, etc., out of USA travel. Budgeting for such 
    expenses is to be done in accordance with District regulations. (For ALL 
    travel outside USA.)
    In-District Travel - Payment for approved in-district mileage for District employees. Mileage reimbursement rate will be per District Policy.
    Telecommunication Services - Beepers
    Promotional Items - Anything purchased with a school logo that will be 
    given as prizes or gifts; i.e., mugs, engraved pencils, carry bags, clocks, etc.
    Printing & Binding - Expenses for actual printing of materials; i.e., stationery, note pads, programs, business cards, forms, reports, etc., printed and/or bound by either the District’s or a commercial print shop. 09 items (from the District’s Printing Services) are considered 410200 (office supplies) or 410100 (instructional supplies) because they are items that do not have a special logo or name.
    Miscellaneous Purchased Services - When a location is paying 
    individuals to perform a service, i.e., individual security guards, 
    (Columbia Police working a ball game); a caterer to serve a meal; 
    warehouse furniture movement, etc.
    Instructional Supplies - For our students. Please do not use 410100 
    with 2918 function. Bulk issues for classroom use, such as the “Weekly 
    Reader” should be charged to 410100.
    Instructional Supplies Developmenta— - Supplies used for developmental activities for first grade students who evidence a lack of readiness for first grade work and for remedial activities in reading and mathematics for second through eighth grades.
    Instructional Supplies, Food - To teach cooking. Food purchased for a 
    Consumer & Family Science Class.
    Office Supplies - General Supplies, paper clips, clip boards, pencils, 
    pens, etc. See 445000 for computer supplies.
    Custodial Supplies - Supplies required by the location’s custodial 
    staff - bathroom paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc.
    Health Supplies - Miscellaneous medical supplies for the school nurse.
    Postage - Miscellaneous mail as well as large mailings. This could 
    include return packages.
    Library Books - Purchase of library books, globes, and maps available 
    for general use by students, including reference books, even if the 
    reference book will be used in the classroom. This includes the costs of 
    binding or other repairs to school library books. Books on audio tape, 
    diskette or CD-ROM are charged here.
    Periodicals - Expenditures for materials the principal believes will 
    provide support for the school’s instructional and/or non-instructional 
    programs and that are housed in the school’s “professional” library. See 
    410100 for bulk issues for classrooms.
    Professional Materials - Books, manuals and resource materials that 
    will be used by certified staff and administrators.
    Technology Supplies - Expenditures for supplies used to support 
    technology equipment. Included are expenditures for software (when not 
    purchased as a part of an initial computer purchase), video tapes, surge 
    protectors, printer cartridges, and printer ribbons.
    Food - To purchase, from an outside vendor, meals and/or refreshments 
    for meetings.
    Gasoline - For Driver’s Ed vehicles.
    Furniture - New Furniture and Fixtures with a unit cost of $300 or 
    more. Fixtures; i.e., desks, mirror, expensive lamps, etc. If under $300, 
    a teacher’s chair; a clerical chair should be coded to 410200, office 
    Sensitive Equipment

    Other Equipment - This is a "catch-all" code. Take into consideration 
    the cost of the item. Examples: Small office refrigerators, dry and wet 
    vacuum cleaners, leaf blowers, athletic mats, art drying racks, large 
    electric coffee urns. 

    NOTE: If you purchase 30 folding tables at $30 each, you have $900 
    invested in folding tables. The 30 tables should be coded to 540900. They 
    would not be property tagged but the 540900 code would place them in a 
    category to be picked up by District insurance in case of theft or 
    fire/storm damage.
    Technology Equipment - Expenditures for the initial, additional, and 
    replacement costs for technology items such as computers and the software 
    already installed on the computer at purchase, LANs, WANs, CD ROMs, 
    satellites, modems, FAX machines, digital cameras, graphing calculators, 
    shop computerized sewing machines, Winnabago automated circulation 
    equipment for Media Centers, inventory bar code readers, scanners, title 
    makers, and similar equipment items used for the development and 
    implementation of technology.
    Dues and Fees - A membership in a professional organization that is 
    District approved. Athletic fees for participation. The membership must 
    not be in the name of an individual.