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The WISEgrants Podcast

Looking to learn more about federal grants, fiscal compliance, and DPI's all-in-one federal grants management portal WISEgrants?

Join us for The WISEgrants Podcast, where members of the WISEgrants team will provide software and federal grant-related updates, and the field can ask questions during the time slot. The structure of the podcast will be free form with no pre-set agenda with the team focusing on providing up-to-the-minute information to the field.

The podcasts will be scheduled for roughly twice a month, with some variation due to holidays, conference schedules, etc. Upcoming dates are posted below, along with a link to register to access the podcast and receive podcast notifications.

All podcasts will be recorded and will be available for your convenient viewing shortly after the podcast airs. 

The WISEgrants Podcast is presented by members of the WISEgrants team and Federal Fiscal Monitoring Consultants:
Rachel Zellmer (Special Education team -
Brielle Glatzel (Title I and School Support team -
Matt Baier (Special Education & Title I and School Support teams –

The WISEgrants team would like to thank the dedicated staff of CESA 4, who have partnered with us to help make this platform for valuable technical assistance available.

Please register for The WISEgrants Podcast. You will receive notifications and the link for the upcoming episodes.

Can't find your registration link?  You can use this link to login to the podcast during showtime.

Upcoming Dates (7:45 am to 8:30 am Tuesdays):

December None Scheduled
January 2022 1/11/22 11/25/22
February 2/8/22 2/22/22
March 3/8/22 3/22/22
April 4/5/21 4/19/21
May 5/3/21 5/17/21


Archived Shows:

Date Summary Recording
11/16/21 Stimulus Funds Quarterly Claims - Coding Capital Lease Payments - ESSER III LEA Plan / EBIS / Budgeting - ARP IDEA Project Codes  View
11/2/21 TI Comparability - 1505-SE Reconciliation and Oct. 1 Child Count - IDEA Formula Budget Review - Stimulus Grants Updates View
10/19/21 ARP Homeless Children and Youth Grant (Round Two) - ESSER II In-Person Allocations added - ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan - Title I-A Carryover Waiver - Title I-A Comparability View
9/21/21 3rd Friday Count requirements - Preliminary Carryover / TI Carryover - TI Comparability - ESSER III timeline - Updates to Tydings reports for ESEA - Finalizing IDEA MOE - PI-1207 Report (Opening and Deadlines / LEA Responsibility) View
8/24/21 Stimulus Grants SPED Function Data Fix for Reporting - ESEA Fiscal Waiver Approved and Tydings - TI-A Homeless Data - Construction Requirements -    Construction Slides    -   Construction TA View
8/10/21 IDEA Application Open / ARP IDEA Allocations, ESSER Budget Validation Fixes / Stimulus Grant Updates, Q&A View
7/27/21 Stimulus Grants Updates, ESSER II/III Allocation Reductions, ESEA Private School Affirmation Forms, IDEA 2021-22 Formula Grants Open View
7/13/21 Q & A session - Updates on Stimulus Grants, IDEA, ESEA, Upcoming Fiscal Deadlines View
6/29/21 Due Dates; Authorizing Assurances for FY 2021-2022; ESEA Applications are Open; IDEA Allocations Posted (application to open in mid-July); Tydings Panel View
5/18/21 Tydings Period (FY 2019 and FY 2020 lapse September 30, 2021) - ESSERF II updates - Staffing / Licensing for Summer Learning View
5/4/21 ESSERF II updates (Grant Period / Licensing Issue) - Formula Grant Updates - IDEA Significant Disproportionality - Q&A Stimulus Funds Allowable Costs View
4/20/21 Updates on TI-A Homeless reservation - ESSERF II updates - Allowable Costs questions View
4/13/21 Special Episode on Time and Effort




4/6/21 Stimulus funding updates / SPED Vehicle Acquisition and Disposal of Equipment / Q&A View
3/23/21 Stimulus funding updates / ESSERF II / ESSERF III - Stimulus funding to IDEA / Impact to IDEA MOE View
3/9/21 ESSERF II / EANS / Stimulus bill updates - ESEA Private School Affirmation forms  - PI-1207 Private School report data displayed in WISEgrants - Time and Effort teaser (we will cover this in greater detail next episode) View
2/9/21 CARES Act Reporting status - CRRS Act (ESSERF II, EANS) Funding and Timeline - TII-A Carryover status - IDEA MOE Eligibility View
1/26/21 CARES Act Reporting, part two - Further Updates on Claim Requirements - Reporting Screen Open




CARES Act Reporting, part one



12/15/20 ESEA Carryover - CARES Act Reporting - ESEA Equitable Participation Corrective Actions - IDEA MOE Eligibility View
12/1/20 CARES Act Reporting requirements / 18006 Certification - Final carryover update - Waiver on license flexibility - IDEA MOE Eligibility View
11/17/20 ESEA Consolidated Monitoring updates - Oct. 1 Child Count - Refresher on Indirect Cost Recovery/Indirect Budget and Claims Functionality View
11/10/20 PI-1207 Questions - Oct. 1 Child Count Snapshot/IDEA MOE - SPED Vehicle Purchasing/State Categorical Aid - ESEA Consolidated Monitoring - TI Comparability - Questions View
10/27/20 GEERF Application screens/Allowable Costs/Quick Start Guide - PI-1207 Private School Report messaging - TI-A Comparability - Updates to Equitable Participation TA View
10/13/20 Update to CARES Act Equitable Participation - CARES Act FAQ - GEER Funds grant opening - PI-1207/Private School status in WISEgrants View
9/29/20 End of Federal Fiscal Year reminders - CARES Act: Equitable Participation ruling - GEERF Application updates - Waiver on Allowability of Salaries - Private Schools Allowable Costs  View
9/15/20 Final Claim Reminder Notification - Budgeting contracted costs under IDEA - GEERF Application updates - Continued Staff Employment certification - Ensuring Equitable Access answer requirements - ESSERF updated/Q&A View
8/25/20 Application updates (Title III) and due dates - IDEA Flow-through Unallowed Costs on 19-20 budgets - ESSERF: Fund 80/Child Care, Ensuring Equitable Access section and resources - GEERF Application updates -  Flexibility with federally funded staff View
8/11/20 ESSERF - WUFAR combination request form - Changes to Equitable Participation Screen - ESSERF/CARES Act Q & A View
8/4/20 VERY SPECIAL EPISODE - ESSERF Grant Application walkthrough View
7/28/20 IDEA Maintenance of Effort scenario calculator - CARES Act:  GEER Funds - ESSERF allowable costs technical assistance - ESSERF application: Ensuring Equitable Access - Equitable Participation View

Tydings Waiver for ESEA and IDEA - Final Claims required for all Grants/Subbudgets - 2020-21 Timeline reminders - Squirrel/Birdfeeder Hyjinx - 1505/1505Se Annual Reports submission begins July 20 

ESSER:  Allowable Activities - WUFAR functions/objects - Terminology - Poverty Measurement Tools - Equitable Participation 


Fiscal New Year's Eve!       Application end-of-year reminders - Budgeting Personnel that require a license check - Claiming Indirect and Indirect Cost Recovery TA - Final claims reminders - Detailed Ledger Report - GEPA Assurances

ESSER:  Application updates - Equitable Participation application functionality - CARES Act affirmation forms can be uploaded - Assurances will be available next week, 7/6/20 (and not the morning of the podcast, as mentioned during the podcast)


Formula grants timeline reminders (Assurances/Affirmation Forms/Applications) - TV-B Update - Changes to Staff position/area terminology in budgets - Tydings waiver for ESEA and IDEA formula grants - IDEA Maintenance of Effort

ESSER:  Application updates - Equitable participation questions - Q&A

6/2/20 Formula Grants Now Open / Important Due Dates - Technical Assistance / Grant/Budget Reminders - Changes to TI-A Homeless and Neglected Reservations - ESSER Fund updates and TA / ESSER Equitable Participation and Allowable Costs View
5/19/20 IDEA and ESEA allocations status - Application timeline - IDEA Flow-through application and new Forms section (Model Policies and Procedures) - CARES Act/ESSER Funds update - Questions around ESSER Funds and equitable participation View
5/12/20 WISEgrants Search for Menu item - ESEA and IDEA assurances - Grant Awards - Auditor access and TA - ESEA Equitable Participation and Private School Affirmation forms - CARES Act/ESSER Funds grant Q&A - IDEA Maintenance of Effort - SFS FAQ View
4/28/20 WISEhome and WISEsecure updates - User and authorization access - Notification management screen - SFS FAQ (employee compensation during extraordinary circumstances sample policy/time and effort documentation) - Update on CARES Act and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund - Timeline for ESEA and IDEA formula grants for 2020-21 - IDEA Equitable Services steps and monitoring View


Welcome back!

Introductions - format and schedule information - WISEgrants updates - COVID-19: DPI page, SFS FAQ, and SPED page - CARES Act/Federal waiver information - Assurances, Affirmations, and Allocations information timeline for 2020-21