U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
Grants to historically Black institutions of higher education to ensure the continuation of learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take upwards of several weeks to complete. Grant funds may be used to expand remote learning programs, improve the institution's IT capacity, and award scholarships to students.
Section 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act states that institutions may use funds “to address needs directly related to Coronavirus” and specifically “for grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (as defined under section 472 of the Higher Education Act), including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” Students may have needs directly related to the Coronavirus after the semester or quarter in which the national emergency was declared.
Although the CARES Act does not require an institution to use at least 50% of funds received under Section 18004(a)(2) or Section 18004(a)(3) for grants to students, the Certification and Agreement for Funds under Section 18004(a)(2) or Section 18004(a)(3), respectively, states: “[T]he Secretary urges Recipient to devote the maximum possible amount of the award to Student Grants, including some or all of the award that a Recipient may use for Recipient’s Expenses, especially if Recipient has a significant endowment or other resources at its disposal. The Secretary urges Recipient to take strong measures to ensure that Student Grants are made to the maximum extent possible.”
Institutions may also use these funds to defray institutional expenses, which under Section 18004(a)(2) and Section 18004(a)(3) may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with the transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll.
GrantWatch ID#: 191072
See "Allocations for Section 18004(a)(2) of CARES Act" in Supporting Documents below.
Institutions must spend HEERF funds by September 30, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have questions concerning this program, please submit them via e-mail to HEERF@ed.gov., or by phone, at 202-377-3711.
For further information, contact:
Telephone: (202) 453-7957.
U.S. Department of Education
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