Grant Details

Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

 
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    CFDA#

    84.031B
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

    Summary

    The Title III Part B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program provides financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish or strengthen their physical plants, financial management, academic resources, and endowment-building capacity. Activities may include:
    • Student services; educational equipment acquisition; facility renovation and construction; faculty and staff development;
    • The establishment of a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in public schools; the establishment of community outreach programs that will encourage elementary and secondary school students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education;
    • The acquisition of real property in connection with the construction, renovation, or addition to or improvement of campus facilities; education or financial information designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students;
    • Families, especially with regard to student indebtedness and student assistance programs under Title IV; and
    • Services necessary for the implementation of projects or activities that are described in the grant application and that are approved, in advance, by the Department, except that not more than two percent of the grant amount may be used for this purpose.
     

    History of Funding

    Previously funded applicants can be viewed on the program website at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3b/awards.html


    2017 new awardees: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3b/hbcunewawardsslate2017.pdf

    2017 non-compete continuing awardees: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3b/hbcusafranccawards2017.pdf

    Additional Information

    Funds may be used for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment. Also supported are the construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement of instruction facilities. Funds support faculty exchanges and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which black Americans are underrepresented. Projects may support the purchase of library materials as well as tutoring, counseling, and student service programs. Also supported are:
    • Funds and administrative management;
    • Joint use of facilities;
    • Establishment or improvement of development offices;
    • Establishment or enhancement of programs of teacher education;
    • Establishment of outreach programs; and
    • Other activities that a grantee proposes in its application that contribute to carrying out the purposes of the program and are approved by the Secretary as part of the review and acceptance of the grant application.

    Contacts

    Wendy Lawrence

    Wendy Lawrence
    Office of Postsecondary Education
    400 Maryland Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20202
    (202) 453-7821
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGIs).

    The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as an institution established prior to 1964 whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans, and must --

    1. Satisfy Section 322 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA);
    2. 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; and,
    3. Be accredited or preaccredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association.

    Deadline Details

    Institutions must first be deemed eligible to apply, The deadline for this application was January 9, 2017. Pending eligibility was approved, applicants are then able to submit proposals to the Title III, Part B (Strengthening HBCUs) program during the application window. For more information on this eligibility approval process, see: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues/eligibility.html

    This program accepts applications bi-annually. The last deadline to submit applications was August 31, 2015. The next deadline is anticipated for 2017.

    Please note, for those interested in applying to the 2017 competiton, there are two data collection phases for which applicants are required to submit information. Phase 1 is due February 1, 2017. Phase 2 will also occur in 2017, but the date has yet to be determined. The program website features the workseet which must be used: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3b/hbcu-phase1worksheet2017.pdf

    Award Details

    For the FY15 competition, approximately $227,574,000 was available in total discretionary funding for 97 awards. The average award was $2,346,124.

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