Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

To assist Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) build, expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities, and to expand the role of the TCUs into the community through the provision of needed services such as health programs, job training, and economic development activities.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Program Accomplishments

Through fiscal year 2007, Tribal Colleges and Universities have received approximately $20.2 million in grants to further develop facilities on their campuses.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds can be used by tribal colleges to build, expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities.

No other activities can be funded, nor can facilities not owned by tribal colleges and universities be assisted.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Tribal Colleges and Universities that meet the statutory definition of a TCU established in Title III of the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 105-244, approved October 7, 1998) that are two-or four-year, fully accredited or that are candidates for accreditation by a regional institutional accrediting association recognized by the Department of Education are eligible to submit applications for funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Tribal Colleges and Universities to help build, expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities. Buildings for which TCUP funding is used that also serves the community are eligible; however, the facilities must be predominantly (at least 51 percent of the time) for the used of the institution (e.g., students, faculty, and staff). In addition, public services and program delivery activities for the community such as health programs, job training and economic development are eligible activities.


Grants are governed by (1) OMB Circular No. A-21 "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; (2) OMB Circular No. A-133 "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations; and (3) provisions of 24 CFR Part 84 "Grant Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations".

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applicants will respond to competitive requirements contained in a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register each year.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and ranked, and awards made to the highest ranking applications. HUD reserves the right to make selections out of order to provide geographic distribution of grantees. HUD also reserves the right to reduce the amount of funding requested in order to fund as many highly ranked applications as possible.


Deadlines will be announced in each NOFA publication.


Continuing Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Announcement of awards are anticipated on or before September 30th.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Applicants are not required to provide matching funds, but will be awarded points in the selection system for securing leveraged funds.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are funded for a 3-year period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress and financial progress reports and a final program report are required.


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.


Must be kept in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0162-0-1-451; 86-0108-0-1-451.


(Grants) FY 07 $2,574,000; FY 08 est $5,000,000; and FY 09 est $1,687,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The program is governed by (1) OMB Circular No. A-133 "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations; and (2) provisions of 24 CFR Part 84, "Grant Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

For answers to technical questions, Sherone Ivey, in the Office of University Partnerships, Office of Policy Development and Research HUD, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-4200. Fax: (202) 708-0309. E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Will be listed in a NOFA each year.

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