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84.103 TRIO Staff Training Program

AUTHORIZATION:

Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Executive Order Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Title IV, Part A, Section 402G.
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To provide training for staff and leadership personnel employed in, or preparing for employment in, projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs (program numbers 84.042, 84.044, 84.047, 84.066, and 84.217.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grants are awarded to eligible grantees to provide training for project directors and staff of funded Federal TRIO Programs projects. The grants may provide support for conferences, seminars, internships, workshops, and the publication of manuals designed to improve the operation of Federal TRIO Programs projects.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Institutions of higher education, public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Leadership personnel, full-time and part- time staff members of projects under the Federal TRIO Programs, and individuals preparing for employment as staff or leadership personnel in projects under the Federal TRIO Special Programs will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:   Costs will be determined in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). OMB Circular No. A-21 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-122 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Develop a proposal in accordance with program regulations, applications, and timetables issued by the Department of Education. No State plan is required. Requests for program applications should be made to the Federal TRIO Program, College and University Support Team. This program is subject to the provisions of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Award Procedure:   Selected nonfederal field readers evaluate new proposals on the basis of the selection criteria specified in 34 CFR 642.31 and 34 CFR 642.32.

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

From 90 to 180 days.

Appeals:   

The program statute authorizes a second review of unsuccessful applications. The Department is developing regulations to implement a second review process for unsuccessful applicants. An unsuccessful applicant requesting a second review must provide evidence that the Department, an agent of the Department, or a peer reviewer made a technical, administrative, or scoring error in the processing or review of its application.

Renewals:   

The grant period is two years. Grantees may receive one continuation award (for the second year of the grant), subject to the availability of funds and the grantee meeting the conditions of the grant and making substantial progress toward the project objectives.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Two year-projects with one annual continuation award. The continuation award is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Performance reports are submitted on an annual basis. No cash reports are required. Required for a project in the first year of funding using form ED 524B. Staff monitor grants drawdowns using agency financial reports. Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR and 34 CFR 75.702, 74.61.)

Records:  
In accordance with 34 CFR 75.730, 75.731, and 75.732.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0201-0-1-502.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $4,275,000; FY 09 est $4,275,000; FY 10 est $3,425,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

FY 15, awards ranged from $125,000 to $325,000. The average award was approximately $190,625.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

EDGAR and regulations 34 CFR 642.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Suzanne Ulmer, Student Service Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: suzanne.ulmer@ed.gov Phone: (202) 502-7789.

Web Site Address:   http://www.ed.gov/programs/triotrain/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The Department will select applicants to be funded for new awards under this part on the basis of criteria set forth in 34 CFR 642.31. New regulations are under development. Contact the program office for additional information.

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