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High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs for Programs
that Promote Education for Agricultural Workers

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

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01/28/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations working in cooperation with institutions of higher education to assist workers in earning academic certification. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to help seasonal and migratory agricultural workers and their family members obtain the equivalent of a secondary school diploma, and subsequently find employment, enter the military, or be placed in postsecondary education or training.

The purpose of the program is to promote projects aimed at creating or supporting alternative paths to a regular high school diploma or recognized postsecondary credentials for students whose environments outside of school, disengagement with a traditional curriculum, homelessness, or other challenges make it more difficult for them to complete an educational program.

Competitive Preference Priorities: 

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1— Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills. (Up to 5 points) Projects that are designed to address improving collaboration between education providers and employers to ensure student learning objectives are aligned with the skills or knowledge required for employment in in-demand industry sectors or occupations (as defined in section 3(23) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).1
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2— Consideration of Prior Experience. (Up to 15 points) Projects that are expiring (current HEP grantees in their final budget period) will be considered for additional points under Competitive Preference Priority 2.

For more information on these priorities, see pages 1-2 of the Federal Register guidelines document in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 150505

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 12

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Range of Awards: $180,000-$475,000.
- Estimated Average Size of Awards: $475,000.

Term of Contract:

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


  • 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:

An IHE or a private nonprofit 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 agency 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:

Pre-Application Webinar Information:

The Department will hold a pre-application workshop via webinar for prospective applicants on December 11, 2019, 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Available: December 2, 2019, 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 28, 2020.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: March 30, 2020.

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must:

a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (, the Government’s primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

Projects funded under this competition must budget for a three-day Office of Migrant Education annual meeting for HEP Directors in the Washington, DC area during each year of the project period. Such expenses are allowable uses of grant funds and may be included in the proposed project budget.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

For further details about the HEP Program:

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications electronically using Applicants needing assistance with may contact the Support Center either by calling 1–800–518–4726 or by sending an email to

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Julius C Cotton
ED FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6288

Program Manager:

Steven Carr
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 3E321
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202)-260-2067

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