(a) Each fiscal year the Secretary publishes application notices in the Federal Register that explain what kind of assistance is available for new grants under the programs that the Secretary administers.
(b) The application notice for a program explains one or more of the following:
(1) How to apply for a new grant.
(2) If preapplications are used under the program, how to preapply for a new grant.
(a) The Secretary may include such information as the following in an application notice:
(1) How an applicant can get an application package that contains:
(i) Information about the program; and
(ii) The application form that the applicant must use.
(2) The amount of funds available for grants, the estimated number of those grants, the estimated amounts of those grants and, if appropriate, the maximum award amounts of those grants.
(3) If the Secretary plans to approve multi-year projects, the project period that will be approved.
(4) Any priorities established by the Secretary for the program for that year and the method the Secretary will use to implement the priorities. (See § 75.105 Annual priorities.)
(5) Where to find the regulations that apply to the program.
(6) The statutory authority for the program.
(b) If the Secretary either requires or permits preapplications under a program, an application notice for the program explains how an applicant can get the preapplication form.
See 34 CFR 77.1 - definitions of “budget period” and “project period.”
[45 FR 22497, Apr. 3, 1980. Redesignated at 45 FR 77368, Nov. 21, 1980, as amended at 45 FR 84059, Dec. 22, 1980; 46 FR 3205, Jan. 14, 1981; 51 FR 20824, June 9, 1986; 51 FR 21164, June 11, 1986; 60 FR 63873, Dec. 12, 1995; 61 FR 8455, Mar. 4, 1996]
(a) The application notice for a program sets a deadline date for the transmittal of applications to the Department.
(b) If an applicant wants a new grant, the applicant must submit an application in accordance with the requirements in the application notice.
(d) If the Secretary allows an applicant to submit a paper application, the applicant must show one of the following as proof of mailing by the deadline date:
(1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
(2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service.
(3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier.
(4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary.
(e) If an application is mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, the Secretary does not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
(1) A private metered postmark.
(2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, an applicant should check with its local post office.
(a) If the Secretary invites or requires preapplications under a program, the application notice for the program sets a deadline date for preapplications.
(a) The Secretary may make a grant only to an eligible party that submits an application.
(b) If a maximum award amount is established in a notice published in the Federal Register, the Secretary may reject without consideration or evaluation any application that proposes a project funding level that exceeds the stated maximum award amount.
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(a) What programs are covered by this section? This section applies to any program for which the Secretary establishes priorities for selection of applications in a particular fiscal year.
(b) How does the Secretary establish annual priorities?
(1) The Secretary establishes final annual priorities by publishing the priorities in a notice in the Federal Register, usually in the application notice for that program.
(2) The Secretary publishes proposed annual priorities for public comment, unless:
(i) The final annual priorities will be implemented only by inviting applications that meet the priorities (Cross-reference: See 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1));
(ii) The final annual priorities are chosen from a list of priorities already established in the program's regulations;
(iii) Publishing proposed annual priorities would seriously interfere with an orderly, responsible grant award process or would otherwise be impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest;
(iv) The program statute requires or authorizes the Secretary to establish specified priorities; or
(v) The annual priorities are chosen from allowable activities specified in the program statute.
(c) How does the Secretary implement an annual priority? The Secretary may choose one or more of the following methods to implement an annual priority:
(1) Invitations. The Secretary may simply invite applications that meet a priority. If the Secetary chooses this method, an application that meets the priority receives no competitive or absolute preference over applications that do not meet the priority.
(2) Competitive preference. The Secretary may give one of the following kinds of competitive preference to applications that meet a priority.
(i) The Secretary may award some or all bonus points to an application depending on the extent to which the application meets the priority. These points are in addition to any points the applicant earns under the selection criteria (see § 75.200(b)). The notice states the maximum number of additional points that the Secretary may award to an application depending upon how well the application meets the priority.
(ii) The Secretary may select an application that meets a priority over an application of comparable merit that does not meet the priority.
(3) Absolute preference. The Secretary may give an absolute preference to applications that meet a priority. The Secretary establishes a separate competition for applications that meet the priority and reserves all or part of a program's funds solely for that competition. The Secretary may adjust the amount reserved for the priority after determining the number of high quality applications received.
See § 75.200 for a description of discretionary and formula grant programs.
(a) Each applicant that submits a paper application shall submit an original and two copies to the Department, including any information that the applicant supplies voluntarily.
(b) An applicant may make changes to its application on or before the deadline date for submitting applications under the program.
See § 75.200 How applications for new grants are selected for funding.
(a) The Secretary may establish in an application notice for a competition one or more performance measurement requirements, including requirements for performance measures, baseline data, or performance targets, and a requirement that applicants propose in their applications one or more of their own performance measures, baseline data, or performance targets.
(b) If an application notice requires applicants to propose project-specific performance measures, baseline data, or performance targets, the application must include the following, as required by the application notice:
(1) Performance measures. How each proposed performance measure would accurately measure the performance of the project and how the proposed performance measure would be consistent with the performance measures established for the program funding the competition.
(2) Baseline data.
(i) Why each proposed baseline is valid; or
(ii) If the applicant has determined that there are no established baseline data for a particular performance measure, an explanation of why there is no established baseline and of how and when, during the project period, the applicant would establish a valid baseline for the performance measure.
(3) Performance targets. Why each proposed performance target is ambitious yet achievable compared to the baseline for the performance measure and when, during the project period, the applicant would meet the performance target(s).
(c) If the application notice establishes performance measurement requirements, the applicant must also describe in the application -
(i) The data collection and reporting methods the applicant would use and why those methods are likely to yield reliable, valid, and meaningful performance data; and
(ii) If the Secretary requires applicants to collect data after the substantive work of a project is complete regarding the attainment of certain performance targets, the data collection and reporting methods the applicant would use during the post-performance period and why those methods are likely to yield reliable, valid, and meaningful performance data.
(2) The applicant's capacity to collect and report reliable, valid, and meaningful performance data, as evidenced by high-quality data collection, analysis, and reporting in other projects or research.
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(a) An application must propose a project period for the project.
(b) An application must include a narrative that describes how and when, in each budget period of the project, the applicant plans to meet each objective of the project.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1875-0102)
An applicant that proposes a multi-year project shall include in its application:
(a) Information that shows why a multi-year project is needed;
(b) A budget narrative accompanied by a budget form prescribed by the Secretary, that provides budget information for each budget period of the proposed project period.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1875-0102)
(a) A recipient that wants to receive a continuation award shall submit a performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information, as directed by the Secretary, that is sufficient to meet the reporting requirements of 2 CFR 200.327 and 200.328 and 34 CFR 75.590 and 75.720.
(b) If a recipient fails to submit a performance report that meets the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section, the Secretary denies continued funding for the grant.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1875-0102)Cross Reference:
See 2 CFR 200.327, Financial reporting, and 200.328, Monitoring and reporting program performance; and 34 CFR 75.117, Information needed for a multi-year project, 75.250 through 75.253, Approval of multi-year projects, 75.590, Evaluation by the grantee, and 75.720, Financial and performance reports.
If a program requires the applicant to provide an opportunity for participation of students enrolled in private schools, the application must include the information required of subgrantees under 34 CFR 76.656.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1880-0513)
An applicant shall submit a separate application to each program under which it wants a grant.
If an applicant is submitting an application for the same project under more than one Federal program, the applicant shall list these programs in its application. The Secretary uses this information to avoid duplicate grants for the same project.
(a) Eligible parties may apply as a group for a grant.
(b) Depending on the program under which a group of eligible parties seeks assistance, the term used to refer to the group may vary. The list that follows contains some of the terms used to identify a group of eligible parties:
(1) Combination of institutions of higher education.
(3) Joint applicants.
(4) Cooperative arrangements.
(a) If a group of eligible parties applies for a grant, the members of the group shall either:
(1) Designate one member of the group to apply for the grant; or
(2) Establish a separate, eligible legal entity to apply for the grant.
(b) The members of the group shall enter into an agreement that:
(1) Details the activities that each member of the group plans to perform; and
(2) Binds each member of the group to every statement and assurance made by the applicant in the application.
(c) The applicant shall submit the agreement with its application.
(a) If the Secretary makes a grant to a group of eligible applicants, the applicant for the group is the grantee and is legally responsible for:
(1) The use of all grant funds;
(2) Ensuring that the project is carried out by the group in accordance with Federal requirements; and
(3) Ensuring that indirect cost funds are determined as required under § 75.564(e).
(b) Each member of the group is legally responsible to:
(1) Carry out the activities it agrees to perform; and
(2) Use the funds that it receives under the agreement in accordance with Federal requirements that apply to the grant.
(1) The contract is with an entity that agrees to provide a site or sites where the applicant would conduct the project activities under the grant;
(2) The implementation sites or partner entities that the applicant proposes to use are identified in the application for the grant; and
(3) The implementation sites or partner entities are included in the application in order to meet a regulatory, statutory, or priority requirement related to the competition.
(b) When entering into a contract for data collection, data analysis, evaluation services, or essential services, an applicant may select a provider using the informal, small-purchase procurement procedures in 2 CFR 200.320(b), regardless of whether that applicant would otherwise be subject to that part or whether the evaluation contract would meet the standards for a small purchase order, if -
(1) The contract is with the data collection, data analysis, evaluation service, or essential service provider;
(2) The data collection, data analysis, evaluation service, or essential service provider that the applicant proposes to use is identified in the application for the grant; and
(3) The data collection, data analysis, evaluation service, or essential service provider is identified in the application in order to meet a statutory, regulatory, or priority requirement related to the competition.
(c) If the grantee relied on the exceptions under paragraph (a) or (b) of this section, the grantee must certify in its application that any employee, officer, or agent participating in the selection, award, or administration of a contract is free of any real or apparent conflict of interest and, if the grantee relied on the exceptions of paragraph (b) of this section, that the grantee used small purchase procedures to obtain the product or service.
(d) A grantee must obtain the Secretary's prior approval for any change to an implementation site, implementation partner, or data collection, data analysis, evaluation service, or essential service provider, if the grantee relied on the exceptions under paragraph (a) or (b) of this section to select the entity.
(f) For the purposes of this section, essential service means a product or service directly related to the grant that would, if not provided, have a detrimental effect on the grant.
If the authorizing statute for a program requires that a specific State agency be given an opportunity to comment on each application, the State and the applicant shall use the procedures in §§ 75.156-75.158 for that purpose.Cross Reference:
See 34 CFR part 79 (Intergovernmental Review of Department of Education Programs and Activities) for the regulations implementing the application review procedures that States may use under E.O. 12372.
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(a) Each applicant under a program covered by § 75.155 shall submit a copy of its application to the State on or before the deadline date for submitting its application to the Department.
(b) The applicant shall attach to its application a copy of its letter that requests the State to comment on the application.
A State that receives an application under § 75.156 may review and comment on the application.
(a) The Secretary may establish a deadline date for receipt of State comments on applications.
(b) The State shall make its comments in a written statement signed by an appropriate State official.
(c) The appropriate State official shall submit comments to the Secretary by the deadline date for State comments. The procedures in § 75.102 (b) and
(d) (how to meet a deadline) of this part apply to this submission.
(a) The Secretary considers those comments of the State that relate to:
(1) Any selection criterion that applies under the program; or
(2) Any other matter that affects the selection of projects for funding under the program.
(b) If the State fails to comment on an application on or before the deadline date for the appropriate program, the State waives its right to comment.
(c) If the applicant does not give the State an opportunity to comment, the Secretary does not select that project for a grant.
Each applicant that intends to develop curricula or instructional materials under a grant is encouraged to assure that the curricula or materials will be developed in a manner conducive to dissemination, through continuing consultations with publishers, personnel of State and local educational agencies, teachers, administrators, community representatives, and other individuals experienced in dissemination.
An applicant may budget reasonable consultation fees or planning costs in connection with the development of curricula or instructional materials.
If an applicant proposes to publish and disseminate curricula or instructional materials under a grant, the applicant shall include an assurance in its application that the curricula or materials will reach the populations for which the curricula or materials were developed.