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Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) - CFDA 84.031A and CFDA 84.031F

Grants to USA IHEs to Improve Institutional
Capacity to Serve Low-Income Students

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United States Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education

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Grants to USA higher education institutions to build capacity and become self-sufficient in serving low-income students. Technical assistance webinars are scheduled for March 23 and March 30. The purpose of this program is to strengthen and improve the academic quality, fiscal stability, and institutional management.

Funds may be used for planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds. Administrative management, and the development and improvement of academic programs also are supported. Other projects include joint use of instructional facilities, construction and maintenance, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion, which may include remedial education and English language instruction.

The Department is conducting two separate competitions for Strengthening Institution Program (SIP) grants in fiscal year 2017. In the competition under CFDA number 84.031F, applicants must address an absolute priority. The separate competition under CFDA number 84.031A does not include any priorities. The competitions are announced in separate Federal Register notices. Applicants may apply for grants in both the 84.031A and 84.031F competitions but can only receive one grant.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155478

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards for 84.031A is 8 - 9; Estimated Number of Awards for 84.031F is 6 - 7.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000 - $450,000 per year.
-Estimated Average Size of Awards: $415,000 per year.

-Estimated Range of Awards: $500,000 - $600,000 per year.
-Estimated Average Size of Awards: $550,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The project period is up to 60 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is authorized by title III, part A, of the HEA. To qualify as an eligible institution under any title III, part A program, an institution must:

(a) Be accredited or preaccredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the Secretary has determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered;

(b) Be legally authorized by the State in which it is located to be a junior or community college or to provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's degree;

(c) Be designated as an “eligible institution” by demonstrating that it: (1) Has an enrollment of needy students as described in 34 CFR 607.3; and (2) has low average educational and general expenditures per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student as described in 34 CFR 607.4.


The notice announcing the FY 2017 process for designation of eligible institutions, and inviting applications for waiver of eligibility requirements, was published in the Federal Register on November 25, 2016 (81 FR 85210). Only institutions that the Department determines are eligible, or which are granted a waiver under the process described in that notice, may apply for a grant in this program.

Learn how to apply for and receive designation as an eligible institution:

Refer to the Tips and Assistance section on the Eligibility page to find more information, the latest webinar schedule, and/or presentations regarding eligibility:

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY 2017 Technical Assistance Webinars:

Thursday, March 23, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
Audio Access: 1-800-857-9827; Passcode: 7966225

Thursday, March 30, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
Audio Access: 1-800-857-9827; Passcode: 7966225

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted through by April 17, 2017.



Additional Information:

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY 2017 under CFDA 84.031A:

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for FY 2017 under CFDA 84.031F:

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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.

Video Access for the March 23 Webinar:

Video Access for the March 30 Webinar:

Nalini Lamba-Nieves
(202) 453-7953

Jymece Seward
(202) 453-6138

U.S. Department of Education, OPE
Title III Part A Programs, Strengthening Institutions
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 4C103
Mail Stop LBJ 4-4C140
Washington, DC 20202-6450

CFDA Number:

84.031A / 84.031F

Funding or Pin Number:

ED-GRANTS-030117-001 / ED-GRANTS-030117-002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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