Early childhood and family programs emphasizing school readiness; enrichment programs in reading, math, and science; native language and cultural education instruction; and school-to-work transition programs.
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.
In FY 2008, 14 new awards and 38 continuation awards were made.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Allowable activities include, but are not limited to: the development of curricula and education programs that address the educational needs of Alaska Native students; the development and operation of student enrichment programs in science and mathematics; professional development activities for educators; activities carried out through Even Start programs and Head Start programs; family literacy services; and dropout prevention programs.
An eligible entity may use not more than 10 percent of the funds received under this subpart for the administrative costs of carrying out its responsibilities under this Subpart.
Alaska Native organizations, education entities with experience in developing or operating Alaska Native programs or programs of instruction conducted in Alaska Native languages, cultural and community-based organizations with experience in developing or operating programs to benefit Alaska Natives, and consortia of organizations may apply.
A State educational agency (SEA) or local educational agency (LEA) may apply as part of a consortium involving an Alaska Native organization.
The consortia may include other eligible applicants.
Alaska Natives as defined in Public Law 103-382.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.
12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with a notice published in the Federal Register. By the due date, eligible applicants must submit to the Department of Education a complete application that addresses the purposes of the program, the selection criteria, and any priorities included in the application notice, and includes all required assurances and signatures.
The Department of Education awards these grants on a competitive basis. The Program Office notifies successful applicants of awards and negotiates and awards grants. Contact the Program Office for more information.
Contact the Program Office for application deadlines and information.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, Title VII, Part C.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 to 120 days following the application deadline.
The General Education Provisions Act hearing procedures regarding recovery of funds are applicable to this program.
Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds under this program are available for the Department of Education to obligate by September 30, of the fiscal year for which they are appropriated. Once these funds are obligated, they must be expended from the Federal account by September 30, of the subsequent fiscal year. In addition, two years after the grantee's receipt of grant funds, the Secretary may collect any or all funds in a reserve account if the grantee has not made substantial progress or is no longer using the funds for their specified purpose. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of appropriations.
Post Assistance Requirements
Each eligible entity receiving a grant under this program annually shall submit to the Secretary a report of its operations and activities.
Each annual report shall include: (1) An executive summary; (2) a project status; (3) budget information; and (4) supplemental information.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No A-133 (Revised June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain records must be retained for 3 years after the end of the grant.
(Grants) FY 07 $33,907,000; FY 08 est $33,315,000; and FY 09 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of new awards: $105,000 - $1,052,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Department of Education, OESE School Improvement Programs 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6140. Contact: Alexis Fisher. Telephone: (202) 401-0281. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
The selection criteria contained in EDGAR, 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210 are used to evaluate applications. Contact the program office for additional information.