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

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

84.031A

Funding or PIN Number:

ED-GRANTS-051421-001

ELIGIBILITY:

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Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) - Title III, Part A

United States Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #155478

Grant Description

Grants to USA institutions of higher education to build capacity and become self-sufficient in serving low-income students. Funding is intended to strengthen and improve the academic quality, fiscal stability, and institutional management of post-secondary educational institutions.

Grants may be used for planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds. Administrative management and the development and improvement of academic programs are also 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.

Program priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1—Tutoring, Counseling, and Student Service Programs
    • The SIP Program is critical to the Department's efforts to improve college completion for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. In recent years, attention to the importance of other supports, such as mental health, food pantries, and childcare, among others, to student persistence and graduation rates has increased. Through this priority, IHEs are encouraged to develop and/or create internal support systems and/or train personnel on ways to enhance and/or develop systems of support that provide wrap-around services to students and promote retention. These services can be provided to newly admitted students or to existing students at the institution.
    • Priority: Projects designed to provide tutoring, counseling, 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.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2—Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills:
    • One of the top expectations of students who attend post-secondary education is that they will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to get a job. Institutions are encouraged to provide their students employability-related experiences.
    • Priority: Projects designed to provide work-based learning experiences (such as internships, apprenticeships, and fellowships) that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations (as defined in section 3(23) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA)).

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Eligibility:

  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted through Grants.gov by July 13, 2021.

Additional information: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/05/14/2021-10232/applications-for-new-awards-strengthening-institutions-program

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/registration.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333496

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

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$17,182,981

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000 - $450,000 per year.
- Estimated Average Size of Awards: $425,000 per year.

Awards will not exceed $450,000 for a single budget period of 12 months.

Term of Contract:

Five years

Contact Information:

Direct questions to:

Nalini Lamba-Nieves, Program Manager
U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 2B116,
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
Telephone: (202) 453-7953
E-mail: Nalini.Lamba-Nieves@ed.gov

For technical assistance:
Julius C Cotton
ED Grants.gov FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6288
julius.cotton@ed.gov

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