The school district receives $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help economically disadvantaged students improve their academic performance. "More than $1 million of that will not got to the Title I student," Garcia said. "We were told to hold it aside so we can send it back," if the sequestration of federal funds happens, she said.
The cuts could also affect several higher education programs.
"The Federal Work Study Program is expected to be cut," said Katherine Walker, director of public affairs and marketing for State College of Florida, "which could result in students seeing their hours cut back at campus jobs funded by the FWS.
"Although the expected decrease would have a relatively minor impact on the individual student; for example, a student working 20 hours a week might be cut back to 19 hours a week," Walker said.
She also said in an email, that "the good news is that the Pell Grant Program is expected to be exempt or largely exempt from across-the-board cuts due to sequestration."
According to Walker, more than half of SCF students receive assistance through the Pell Grant Program, "so this is important to the families in our community and to our student population."
At the University of South Florida, Sarasota/Manatee, Ruth Lando, director of marketing and communications, said they have not heard from the Department of Education so they are not sure how it will affect the university.
"Pell grants and the work study program have already been allocated," she said, "so we don't know what the affect will be."
For Manatee County Sheriff Brad Stuebe and Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski the funding cuts could hurt several law enforcement programs.
"The COPS grant may be affected," Radzilowski said of the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
He said the U.S. Department of Justice has issued a memo saying that the processing of payments may be slow.
"Regardless, if COPS stops, we will remain fully staffed," the chief said. "The city has budgeted for a fully staffed police force."
Stuebe said the looming cuts could hit some of the child protection funding in his office.
"It would be a $84,000 hit," he said. "That pays for two positions."
The sheriff also said a couple of grants are at the end of the cycle and with a reduction in the amount of money in the overall grant pool, there will be less available for each law enforcement agency.
Air travelers may see longer lines and flight delays because of the budget cuts, said Rick Piccolo, CEO and president of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
The Department of Transportation "Secretary (Raymond) LaHood sent of list of control towers that will be closed or be on diminished capacity," Piccolo said, "and we're not on the list."
Because of the reduced operations at the larger airports delays may occur, affecting the flights into Sarasota-Bradenton, he said.
Piccolo said the plan is to furlough air traffic controllers one day a week at the larger airports, but the union contract requires a 30-60 day notice, so the ripple effect will not happen until then.
Another area where the traveling public may feel the impact could be going through the security check, he said.
If some of the Transportation Security Administration officers are furloughed, then it would take longer to go through the line.
"People will have to arrive earlier," Piccolo said, "to make their flight."