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Disadvantaged Students for Personnel Development

Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs

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United States Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

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Grants to USA IHEs and other nonprofit organizations serving disadvantaged students to train staff members and leadership personnel. Priorities include training related to project evaluation, budget and regulatory management, student assessment, financial aid assistance, outreach and recruitment for hard-to-reach populations, and general project management.

Funding Opportunity Description:

Purpose of Program: The Training Program provides grants to train the staff and leadership personnel employed in, participating in, or preparing for employment in, projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs, so as to improve the operation of these projects.

Priorities: This notice contains six absolute priorities and three invitational priorities. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv) and 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), the absolute priorities are selected from section 402G(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the regulations for this program at 34 CFR 642.24.

Absolute Priorities: For FY 2018 and any subsequent year in which the Department makes awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), the Department will consider only applications that meet these absolute priorities.

In accordance with 34 CFR 642.7, each application must clearly identify the specific absolute priority for which a grant is requested. An applicant must submit a separate application for each absolute priority it proposes to address. If an applicant submits more than one application for the same absolute priority, the Department will accept only the application with the latest ‘‘date/time received’’ validation.

These priorities are:

Absolute Priority 1:

Training to improve reporting of student and project performance and the evaluation of project performance in order to design and operate a model project funded under the Federal TRIO Programs.

Absolute Priority 2:

Training on budget management and the statutory and regulatory requirements for operation of projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs.

Absolute Priority 3:

Training on assessment of student needs; retention and graduation strategies; and the use of appropriate educational technology in the operation of projects funded under the Federal TRIO programs.

Absolute Priority 4:

Training on assisting students in receiving adequate financial aid from programs assisted under title IV of the HEA and from other programs, on college and university admissions policies and procedures, and on proven strategies to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students, including topics such as basic personal finance information, household money management and financial planning skills, and basic economic decision making skills.

Absolute Priority 5:

Training on strategies for recruiting and serving hard to reach populations, including students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths (as this term is defined in section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a)), students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, or other disconnected students.

Absolute Priority 6:

Training on general project management for new project directors who have been in their positions less than two years, including training on the content of absolute priorities 1 through 5. The training should provide new directors with the basic tools required to be a successful TRIO project director.

Under this competition the Department are particularly interested in applications that address the following priorities.

Invitational Priorities:

For FY 2018 and any subsequent year in which the Department makes awards from the list of unfunded applications for this competition, these priorities are invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), the Department does not give an application that meets these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

These priorities are:

Invitational Priority 1:

Applications that propose projects designed to address one or more of the following priority areas:
(a) Implementing strategies that ensure education funds are spent in a way that increases their efficiency and cost-effectiveness, including by reducing waste or achieving better outcomes.
(b) Supporting training toward innovative strategies or research that have the potential to lead to significant and wide-reaching improvements in the delivery of educational services.
(c) Reducing compliance burden within the grantee’s operations (including on partners working to achieve grant objectives or being served by the grant) in a manner that decreases paperwork or staff time spent on administrative functions, or other measurable ways that help education providers to save money, benefit more students, or improve results.

Invitational Priority 2:

Applications that propose projects designed to assist TRIO grantees with the ongoing implementation of the evidence-based strategies for which they

received competitive preference in their approved applications.

Invitational Priority 3:

Applications that propose projects designed to assist TRIO grantees with improving student achievement or other educational outcomes in one or more of the following areas: Science, technology, engineering, math, or computer science (as defined in the Secretary’s Final Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2018 (83 FR 9096): Specifically, supporting programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials (as defined in section 3(52) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) or skills that align with the skill needs of industries in the State or regional economy involved for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, including computer science.

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GrantWatch ID#: 142736

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated number of awards are as follows: 2 awards under Absolute Priority 1; 2 awards under Absolute Priority 2; 1 award under Absolute Priority 3; 2 awards under Absolute Priority 4; 1 award under Absolute Priority 5; and 2 awards under Absolute priority 6.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Estimated Range of Awards: $265,764 - $344,945
-Estimated Average Size of Awards: $287,340

Under Absolute Priorities 1, 2, and 4, the maximum award amount is $265,764 and the minimum number of participants is 231. Under Absolute Priorities 3 and 5, the maximum award amount is $344,945 and the minimum number of participants is 300. Under Absolute Priority 6, the maximum award amount is $294,464 and the minimum number of participants is 256.

Term of Contract:

The project period is up to 24 months.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: IHEs and other public and private nonprofit institutions and organizations.

Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities described in its application.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are available June 27, 2018.

The deadline for transmittal of applications is July 27, 2018.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, contact:

Suzanne Ulmer or, if unavailable, Carmen Gordon at:

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 278-44
Washington, DC 20202

Telephone: (202) 453-7700

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), contact the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800- 877-8339.

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