Freely Associated States_Education Grant Program

To support activities consistent with the purposes of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including teacher training, curriculum development, instructional materials or general school improvement and school reform, and direct educational services..

Examples of Funded Projects

Overall school improvements and reform, and other activities such as preschool programs, staff development academics, and programs to improve teaching and learning in core academic subjects, including mathematics, science, foreign languages, and other subjects.


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Office - Contact the PREL office.


Program Accomplishments

Five awards are made annually.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for activities consistent with the purposes of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local educational agencies (LEA) in the Republic of Palau and in the outlying areas (American Samoa, Guam, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S.

Virgin Islands).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local educational agencies in the Republic of Palau and in the outlying areas (American Samao, Guam, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Provided by the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL).

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Section 1121 of Title I requires that the Department reserve up to $5 million from Title I Grants to LEA funds each fiscal year for competitive grants to local educational agencies in the outlying ares (American Samoa, Guam, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Republic of Palau. Of this amount, the Secretary may reserve 5 percent to pay the administrative costs of the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) regarding activities assisted under this program. PREL conducts the award competition and makes recommendations to the Secretary regarding the award of grants.

Award Procedures

Applications for continuations are submitted to the Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, School Support and Technology Programs, Washington, DC. PREL conducts the competition for grants and submits recommendations of applications for funding to the Secretary of Education. The Secretary awards grants taking into consideration the recommendations of PREL.

Deadlines

Determined according to grant competition schedule. Contact the program office for information.

Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title I, Part A, Section 1121 (a), (b) and (c), 20 U.S.C. 6331.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Continuation awards of 12 months each may be made for a total of 36 months. Continuations are contingent upon evidence of satisfactory progress toward goals and objectives and subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 36 months with annual continuations. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual performance reports are required.

Audits

The Single Audit Act applies.

Records

Records must be maintained as necessary for audit and for three years after the program ends.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0900-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $3,817,913; FY 08 est $3,811,099; and FY 09 est $3,811,099.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For 2008, awards are expected to range between $250,000 and $1,126,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For information, contact the program office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the PREL office.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Department of Education, OESE School Support and Technology Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Rm. 3E245, FB-6 Washington DC 20202-6140 Contact: Valerie Rogers E-mail Address valerie.rogers@ed.gov. Telephone (202) 260-2543.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed in accordance with criteria in the application package.



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