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High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #150505

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Grants to USA institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations partnering with IHEs for educational programs to help farmworkers and their families in furthering their academic studies. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete.

Purpose of Program: The HEP is designed to assist migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or immediate family members of such workers) to obtain the equivalent of a secondary school diploma and subsequently to gain improved employment, enter into military service, or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training.

Invitational Priority: Meeting Student Social, Emotional, and Academic Needs.

Projects that are designed to improve students' social, emotional, academic, and career development through one or both of the following:

(a) Creating a supportive, positive, identity-safe, and inclusive climate for students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers or immediate family members of such workers.

(b) Fostering partnerships, including across government agencies ( e.g., housing, human services, or employment agencies), local educational agencies, community-based organizations, adult learning providers, and postsecondary education institutions, to provide comprehensive services to students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers, or immediate family members of such workers, to support student social, emotional, mental health and academic needs.

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  • 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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: An IHE (as defined in section 101 and 102 of the HEA) or a private nonprofit (as those terms are defined in 34 CFR 77.1) organization may apply for a grant to operate a HEP project. If a private nonprofit organization other than an IHE applies for a HEP grant, that organization must plan the project in cooperation with an IHE and must propose to operate some aspects of the project with the facilities of that IHE.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Office of Migrant Education will offer a general pre-application webinar for the 2022 HEP and CAMP competition. The same presentation will be offered via webinar on two dates:

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Meeting link:

Join by phone:
202-991-0393Call: 1-888-858-2144
Phone Conference ID: 707 465 893#

Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Repeat)
Meeting link:

Join by phone
202-991-0393Call: 1-888-858-2144
Phone Conference ID: 152 090 045#

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Available: December 6, 2021.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 1, 2022.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 4, 2022.

Applications are due at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. registration involves many steps including registration on SAM ( which may take approximately one week to complete, but could take upwards of several weeks to complete, depending upon the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an applicant. You may begin working on your application while completing the registration process, but you cannot submit an application until all of the Registration steps are complete. Please note that once your SAM registration is active, it will take 24-48 hours for the information to be available in

In order to register with SAM (the System for Award Management), you first must have an active Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). If you do not have an active DUNS number, you may obtain one online at: This process takes one-to-two business days.

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 26

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Range of Awards: $180,000–$475,000. The Department will not make an award exceeding $475,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Department will not make an award for less than the amount of $180,000 for a single budget period of 12 months.
- Estimated Average Size of Awards: $470,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 60 months (five 12-month budget periods).

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact:
Millicent Bentley-Memon, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3E311, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 401-1427. Email:

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