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High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

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

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

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01/22/21 11:59:59 PM ET


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

This competition includes two competitive preference priorities and two invitational priorities. 

Competitive Preference Priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1— Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills. 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).
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2— Consideration of Prior Experience. In accordance with 34 CFR 206.31, the Secretary will consider the applicant’s prior experience in implementing its expiring HEP project, based on information that includes the number of HEP participants served; the percentage of HEP participants exiting the program having received a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma; the percentage of HSE diploma recipients who enter postsecondary education or training programs, upgraded employment, or the military; and the extent to which the applicant met administrative requirements. 

Invitational Priorities:

  • Invitational Priority 1—New Potential Grantees Projects proposed by ‘‘new potential grantees.’’ For the purposes of this priority, a new potential grantee is any applicant that has never received a grant or subgrant under HEP.
  • Invitational Priority 2—Support for Remote Learning Projects designed to adopt and support models that leverage technology (e.g., universal design for learning, competency-based education, or hybrid/ blended learning) and provide high-quality digital learning content, application, and tools. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150505

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 14

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:

These awards will be for a performance period of up to five years. 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:

Eligible Applicants: 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:

Two technical assistance webinars for prospective applicants are scheduled. The content of the webinars will be repeated, so applicants only need to attend one, if interested. When possible, information from and recordings of the session will be posted on the program website.

The dates and times for the webinars are:
• Monday, November 30, 2020 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
• Tuesday, December 1, 2020 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Repeat)

Pre-Application Information:

- The deadline for submission of HEP applications through is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on January 22, 2021. It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last day to submit your application.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: March 23, 2021.
- Grants are expected to be awarded in June 2021. 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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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

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

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