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Applying for Safety Net Funding

Safety net funding is available to school districts with a demonstrated capacity for Special Education funding in excess of state and federal funding otherwise provided. 

The Safety Net Application Bulletin discusses allocated funding, the application process, trainings, deadlines, committee members, and more! 

Worksheet A has been updated to correct CCEIS amounts and enrollment numbers for the 2021–22 and 2022–23 school years. The 2021–22 federal Safety Net award amount was also corrected.

Worksheet C has been updated to reference the 2022–23 school year on the 1:1 Contracted Provider tab (it previously referenced the 2021–22 school year). If you have already downloaded Worksheet C, you do not need to redownload, just make note that the 1:1 Contracted Provider tabs should reference the 2022–23 school year.

  • Safety Net Certification (posted 11/14/2022): Must complete for both High-Need Individuals and Community Impact Safety Net funding.
  • Individuals Summary (posted 11/14/2022): Must complete for High-Need Individuals only.

Submitting Applications

Applications are submitted via a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) site. There are many versions of this type of software, but OSPI recommends the free version of CoreFTP. Work with your LEA's IT department to install this software. Contact the Safety Net Team to set up an SFTP account if you do not already have one.

Complete the 2022-23 Safety Net Application Submission Form after your application files are uploaded through the SFTP. This form will notify the Safety Net team of your submission and help collect contact information. The Safety Net team will send a confirmation as soon as possible but no longer than three business days after receipt. Your application will not be considered submitted until this form is completed. Please do not send a separate email to notify us of your submission.


Contact the Safety Net Team if you want to set up one-on-one Safety Net training.

Please note: Some of these examples include redacted IEP matrices that were provided by a local district. We are in no way endorsing how information is reported on the matrices but merely using the example to show how we would report the information on Worksheet C.

Past Application Summaries