The Consolidated Application (ConApp) is used by the California Department of Education (CDE) to distribute categorical funds from various federal programs to county offices, school districts and direct-funded charter schools throughout California. Annually, in June, each local educational agency (LEA) submits the Spring release of the application to document participation in these programs and provide assurances that the district will comply with the legal requirements of each program. Program entitlements are determined by formulas contained in the laws that created the programs.
The Winter release of the application is submitted in January of each year and contains the district entitlements for each funded program. Out of each federal program entitlement, districts allocate funds for indirect costs of administration, for programs operated by the district office, and for programs operated at schools.