Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions

To strengthen Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI); Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI); and Native American-Serving Non-tribal Institutions (NASNTI) that propose to carry out activities to improve and expand such institution's capacity to serve minority

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

No accomplishments are available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Applicants under the PBI program may use funds to carry out programs in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM); health education; internationalization or globalization; teacher preparation; or improving educational outcomes of African American males.

Applicants under the AANAPISI and NASNTI programs may use funds to assist such institutions with planning, developing, undertaking and carrying out activities to improve and expand the institution's capacity to serve Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders and Native Americans.

More specifically, AANAPISI grantees may use funds to carry out activities described in section 311(c).

NASNTI grantees may use funds for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional and research purposes; renovation and improvement in classroom, library, laboratory, and other instructional facilities; support of faculty exchanges, faculty development, and faculty fellowships to assist faculty in attaining advanced degrees in the faculty's field of instruction; curriculum development and academic instruction; the purchase of library books, periodicals, microfilm, and other educational materials, funds and administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management; the joint use of facilities such as laboratories and libraries; and academic tutoring and counseling programs and student support services.

Uses of funds under each program are restricted to the allowable activities described under the CCRAA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

At the time of application, PBIs must have an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 40 percent Black American students.

AANAPISI and NASNTI applicants must have, at the time of application, an enrollment of undergraduate students not less than 10 percent Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders and Native Americans, respectively.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The authorized beneficiaries are underrepresented; low-income; first-generation; minority; undergraduate students.


Institutions of Higher Education must submit an application responding to the established selection criteria. Applicants must describe in detail, the need for the project and how the proposed activities will address the goals and objectives of the program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR Part 79.

Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this program.

Application Procedures

Each applicant must submit an application covering a period not to exceed 24-months to the Department of Education.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed for quality and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. A discretionary grant is awarded to institutions of higher education if they score within funding range and contingent upon funds being available.


Please refer to the Federal Register Notice or the application booklet for deadlines.


Title IV, Part J, Section 499A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by section 802 of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) of 2007.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

An applicant is notified of award status within 30 days of the end of the competition.




Discretionary grant applications are amended as needed. Awards are generally made around June 30 of each year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are made for up to 24 months, subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Institutions of higher education administering these grants must submit an annual performance report at the completion of the each 12-month cycle.

IHEs are also required to submit final reports ninety (90) days after the end of the grant.


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 a 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.


Grantees must maintain appropriate records pertaining to grant funds, compliance and project performance, for three years after the completion of activities for which the grant or subgrant funds were used. This documentation should be sufficient to establish fiscal accountability and facilitate an effective audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $25,000,000; and FY 09 est $25,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

PBI, $600,000 per year; AANAPISI $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 per year; NASNTI $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 per year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The administration of discretionary grant programs is governed by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) of 2007 and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Service, 1990 K Street, N.W., 6TH Floor, Washington, DC 20006. Contact: James E. Laws, Jr., Telephone: (202) 502-7777.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria can be found in EDGAR 34 CFR Part 75.210.

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