Consolidated Grants to the Outlying Areas, Recovery Act

To make an annual consolidated grant to an Insular Area in an amount that is the sum of its allocations under two or more of the four programs for which it is eligible under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ESEA, Title I, Part A-Grants to LEAs; ESEA, Title I, Section 1003(g)-School
Improvement Grants; Title II, Part D-Educational Technology State Grants; McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act-Title VII-B Grants) to assist it in carrying out one or more of State-administered formula grant programs of the Department.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Funded projects may include activities to improve teacher quality; reduce class size; use technology effectively in classrooms; improve the development and use of the student data systems; and generate, maintain, and strengthen parental and community involvement; programs for the recruitment and hiring of teachers for class size reduction; professional development activities for teachers and school administrators; technology for classroom use; a reading and mathematics reform program; alternative educational programs for at-risk students; gifted and talented education; and participation of children enrolled in private schools.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


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.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: The consolidated grant funds are designed to further the purposes authorized for any of the grants that have been consolidated and has increased the flexibility of Insular Areas to direct funds to their greatest educational needs and priorities. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

An Insular Area shall use the funds it receives under a consolidated grant to carry out, in its jurisdiction, one or more of the programs included in the grant.

(See above programs.) An Insular Area may only use and administer funds under the eligible programs to be consolidated described in section 76.125 (c) of EDGAR during a fiscal year for which the Insular Areas is entitled to receive funds under an appropriation for that program.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

U.S.

Territories and possessions (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Elementary/Secondary Education

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. Territories; School; Education (0-8); Education (9-12)

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. An Insular Area applies annually for a grant consolidating two or more of the programs eligible to be consolidated in accordance with the application requirements of EDGAR 76.131.

Award Procedures

The Secretary awards a single consolidated grant annually to each Insular Area that meets the requirements of EDGAR 76.125 through 76.137 and each program under which the grant funds are to be used and administered. If the Secretary may decide that one or more programs cannot be included in the consolidated grant if it is determined that the Insular failed to meet the program objectives stated in its plan for the previous fiscal year in which it carried out the programs. The eligibility of a particular Insular Area to receive grant funds under a Federal education program is determined under the statute and regulations for that program (EDGAR 76.130 (a), (b), (d)).

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for application deadlines.

Authorization

Title V, Pub. L. 95-134, 91 Stat. 1159 (48 U.S.C. 1469a); and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 15 to 30 days. Applications will be reviewed with approximately 30 days.

Appeals

The Secretary shall not disapprove a consolidated grant application before offering the Insular Area an opportunity to revise the plan and a hearing. (See 34 CFR 76.202.).

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will normally last for 1 year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: N/A.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

As required by EDGAR76.132 (5), an annual report is required to be submitted to the Secretary containing information covering the program or programs for which the grant is used and administered, including the financial and program performance information as required under 34 CFR 74.51-74.52 and 34 CFR 80.40-80.41.

ARRA-funded programs may be required to report on how funds under this program are spent and the results of those expenditures.

Additional requirements will be included in application instructions or program guidance.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

As required by EDGAR76.132 (5), an annual report is required to be submitted to the Secretary containing information covering the program or programs for which the grant is used and administered, including the financial and program performance information as required under 34 CFR 74.51-74.52 and 34 CFR 80.40-80.41.

ARRA-funded programs may be required to report on how funds under this program are spent and the results of those expenditures.

Additional requirements will be included in application instructions or program guidance.

As required by EDGAR76.132 (5), an annual report is required to be submitted to the Secretary containing information covering the program or programs for which the grant is used and administered, including the financial and program performance information as required under 34 CFR 74.51-74.52 and 34 CFR 80.40-80.41.

ARRA-funded programs may be required to report on how funds under this program are spent and the results of those expenditures.

Additional requirements will be included in application instructions or program guidance.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 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 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

Records

As required by EDGAR 76.132(7), the grantee keeps records, including a copy of the application document under which funds are to be spent, which show how the funds received under the consolidated grant have been spent.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0901-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $0; FY 10 est $0 - FY 2009 allocations for ARRA formula funds to the Outlying Areas have not yet been determined.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No information provided.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 76, 77, 80, 81,82, and 85.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Valerie Rogers School Support and Technology Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., LBJ Bldg, Room 3W241, Washington 20202 Email: Valerie.rogers@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-2543

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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