The goal of our Grants and Categorical (G&C) area is to provide assistance in ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local government regulations, laws, policies, and procedures. G&C is responsible for the post-award financial reporting of private and government grants and contracts. G&C also prepares budget appropriations, indirect cost charges, and billings for restricted funds.

Grants & Categorical Workflow Process

GC Workflow Process


Below is a listing of some of the major campus restricted funds:

Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG):
  1. The 2017-18 State Budget appropriated $500 million to the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education to allocate funding for adult education. The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education. The intent of the Adult Education Block Grant was to expand and improve the provision of adult education via these consortia. See a listing of allowable expenditures (PDF) for the AEBG grant.

  2. The CCCCO and the California Department of Education (CDE) are working in partnership to implement the requirements outlined in the Adult Education Block Grant. We will continue to provide guidance and solicit feedback from the field throughout the implementation process.
Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Program (BSSOTP) Grant:
  1. In 2017-18, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved $60 million in grant funding to 43 community colleges across California in Proposition 98 funds to improve the progression rate of basic skills students from remedial education to college level instruction. Merced College was awarded $1.5 million to adopt or expand the use of evidence-based models of academic assessment, placement, remediation, and student support in order to accelerate the progress of underprepared students toward accomplishing educational and career goals.
Child Development Center (CDC)
  1. The CDC is self-funded through various federal, state, and local awards. Among those currently awarded are:  Federal Food Program, General Block Grant, Ccampis Grant, and Head Start. For fiscal year 2017-18, the CDC operates with just under $2 million to fund its many operations.
Disabled Student Program & Services (DSPS)
  1. The DSPS program provides support services, specialized instruction, and educational accommodations to students with disabilities so that they can participate as fully and benefit as equitably from the college experience as their non-disabled peers. For fiscal year 2017-18, DSPS operates with an over $1.5 million budget. See a listing of compliance resources.
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) & Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
  1. EOPS and CARE are both state-funded student assistance programs that are located at 113 community colleges. The EOPS program's primary goal is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students disadvantaged by language, social, economic and educational circumstances, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college.  CARE is a supplemental component of EOPS that specifically assists EOPS students, who are single heads of welfare households with young children, by offering supportive services so they are able to acquire the education, training and marketable skills needed to transition from welfare-dependency to employment and eventual self-sufficiency for their families. For fiscal year 2017-18, EOPS/CARE operates with an over $1.5 million budget.
Student Equity
  1.  The 2017-18 State Budget allocates $140 million to community college districts to implement student equity plans. The current Student Equity budget provides over $1 million to Merced College. More accurate allocations based on prior year data are generally calculated during the fall and colleges are notified of the allocations during P1.

Student Success and Support Program (SSSP)
  1. Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) (formerly Matriculation) is a process that enhances student access to the California Community Colleges and promotes and sustains the efforts of credit students to be successful in their educational endeavors. The goals of SSSP are to ensure that all students complete their college courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives through the assistance of the student-direct components of the SSSP process: admissions, orientation, assessment and testing, counseling, and student follow-up. For fiscal year 2017-18, SSSP operates with an over $2 million budget.
Strong Workforce District & Regional
  1. The 2017-18 Budget provides $200 million for the Strong Workforce Program to improve the quality and increase the quantity of career technical education (CTE) provided by our system. For fiscal year 2017-18, the operating budget consists of over $1 million.


See a full listing of all grants & categorical funds for the current Fiscal Year.