Grants and Funded Programs

Mrs. Guastella Mrs. Christina Guastella
Administrator for Grants and Funded Programs
631-348-5000 ext.1017
[email protected]

Department Overview

Welcome to Central Islip Union Free School District
Office of Grants & Funded Programs
Funded Programs Administrator

Mission and Vision

To provide additional educational support, advocacy, and resources to address the educational gap for the empowerment of our underserved students and families.  This office monitor regulations and rules that apply to all Federal, State and Local Grants ensuring that all expenditures are allowable and aligned within the parameters of the approved grant.


The Office of Funded Programs (OFP) was established by Dr. Marie Holdsworth on July 1, 1999. The office is awarded millions of local, state and federal funds each year. These funding streams work in conjunction with the goal to provide a challenging and appropriate education for every student of the Central Islip Union Free School District. The Office of Funded Program works collaboratively with the Business Office, Central Registration, and the Office of Curriculum. The office staff streamline communication regarding fiscal and academic interests to all departments including Bilingual, Health and Athletics, Music and Technology, Special Education, and all academic divisions.

The OFP works collaboratively with the New York Department of Education (NYSED) to foster the execution of Federal, state and locally awarded grants. This collaboration between the Local Education Agency (LEA) and the State Education Agency (SEA) supports the timely submission of reports and required documentation to strengthen the compliance and monitoring efforts of the Central Islip Union Free School District.

Grant Responsibilities

  • The team collaborates with various stakeholders to monitor the implementation of grant funding to the school district.
  • Communicate information to applicable stakeholders on grant development.
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures for pre and post grant award phases.
  • Track grant balances, maintain records and correspond with stakeholders via various modalities.
  • Obtain competitive and formula-based grants from federal, local, and state agencies.
  • Monitor the implementation and expenditure of awarded funds to ensure compliance with state, local and federal parameters of the secured grant.

Phone:  (631) 348-5000 ext. 1015 or 1074

News and Events

The Central Islip UFSD is releasing a Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Request for Proposal (RFP). Access the RFP on the Grants and Funded Programs Files/Forms page. Sealed proposals will be received until April 8, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Islip UFSD Central Office, 50 Wheeler Road, Central Islip, New York 11722.

The Central Islip UFSD Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) lottery was held on February 6, 2024 in the Alfano Elementary School Gymnasium from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Lottery applications are available on the Grants and Funded Programs Files/Forms page and at the elementary main offices. 

                                                Important Links

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), ESSER, and GEER grants are available for public comment using the following survey link:
If you are interested in reviewing the District ARP, ESSER, and/or GEER grants, please contact Christina Guastella at [email protected] or contact the Office of Grants & Funded Programs for more information at (631) 348-5000 ext. 1015 or 1074.

NYSED complaint procedures can be found at

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