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84.191 Adult Education_National Leadership Activities

AUTHORIZATION:

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, as amended, Executive Order Title II, Section 243, of the Workforce Investment Act.
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To support applied research, development, demonstration, dissemination, evaluation, and related activities that contribute to the improvement of adult education and literacy activities nationally.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Direct Payments for Specified Use
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Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

To support projects for the improvement of adult education and literacy activities nationwide. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restriced indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Postsecondary education institutions, public or private agencies or organizations, or consortia of these institutions, agencies, or organizations are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Postsecondary education institutions, public or private agencies or organizations, or consortia of these institutions, agencies, or organizations are eligible.

Credentials/Documentation:   Legal signature by a designated official on the application or proposal. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs will also be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   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 when applying for a competitive grant. 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:   OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications must be prepared and submitted to the Department of Education in accordance with program announcements and established deadlines which are published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedure:   Proposals or applications are reviewed in accordance with regulations for the Adult Education Act. After negotiation, a notification for award is sent to the successful recipient.

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Not Applicable.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Funding will usually cover a 12 to 18-month period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Financial status and performance reports required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.720. Specific reporting requirements are contained in the award document. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

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.

Records:   In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, grantees must maintain records for three years.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0400-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 08 $6,878,000; FY 09 est $6,878,000; FY 10 est $13,346,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

For Fiscal Year 2015: Range: $200,000 - $2,800,000; Average: $950,000.

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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:

Regulations are found in 34 CFR 460 and 34 CFR 75.730-75.734.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Christopher Coro, Department of Education, OVAE Division of Adult Education and Literacy 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: christopher.coro@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7717

Web Site Address:  
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/aenla/index.html

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:

Applications should address each criterion: (1) Plan of operation; (2) quality of key personnel; (3) budget and cost-effectiveness; (4) evaluation plan; (5) adequacy of resources; (6) national need; and (7) adequacy of resources. Contact the program office for additional information.

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