Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

System for Payments and Reports of Contracts (SPARC)

Welcome to Department of Children and Families SPARC

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SPARC System and Website Updates

DCF Funding Sources for 2017 have been published.

The County RMS and Cost Allocations report has been published and will be updated daily just like the other reports.  Counties, Remember your Employee Count Entries on the portal for both first and second quarters are due and should be entered into SPARC.

SPARC Best Practice

The SPARC system will time out after 20 minutes of no activity. Remember you can submit data multiple times. We recommend clicking on the submit button often.  Then your entries will be saved in the event  you are interrupted to take care of another task. If an entry changes, just reentered the data and click submit.

Training Presentation - Using SPARC and Cost Pools 

This presentation was created for the Wisconsin Human Services Financial Managers Association (WHSFMA) conference May 3,2017

CORe Data

2015 and 2016 CORe Data can be found in the Reports Section.

SPARC Basics

SPARC is the DCF system for monitoring and paying grant contracts to DCF sub-recipients.

Coding Structure

The following codes and their definitions will be the same for most agencies

  • Contract code
  • Line Code
  • Class Code

The relationship of above codes will stay the same.


  • SPARC will be a Replacement System.
  • Docusign will continue to be the contract process.
  • Supplier due dates for reporting expenses will remain the same.
  • Contract payment dates from DCF will remain the same.
  • Contracts will appear in the Reports tab when approved by DCF not when signed by agency.
  • Payments will continue to be processed only after agency signs contract using docusign.
  • Users accessing SPARC will use their WIEXT ID. If a user does not have a WIEXT ID, they will need to set one up.