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84.215 Fund for the Improvement of Education

AUTHORIZATION:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Executive Order Subpart1, Title V, Part D, as amended by ESEA, Title II, Part C; American History and Civics Education Act of 2004.
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To conduct nationally significant programs to improve the quality of education, assist all students to meet challenging State content standards, and contribute to the achievement of elementary and secondary students.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds may be used to support a wide range of projects under the FIE general authority for programs, and additional specific program authorities. Competitions are announced in the Federal Register. Specific limitations and restrictions for each competition are provided in the Federal Register notice.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   State educational agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private organizations and institutions may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   State educational agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private organizations and institutions will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:   OMB Circular No. A-21; OMB Circular No. A-122. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Described in application notices published annually in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters offices listed below for application packages containing the announcement, application, and assurance forms and for further information about the specific programs.

Award Procedure:   Awards are competitively selected following review by nonfederal experts in accordance with Subpart D of Part 75 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Approximately 120 days.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant program (see 34 CFR 75.253). Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if: sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in the meeting of the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government.

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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:   

Awards are made annually. Following an initial, competitively selected award, additional non-competing continuation awards may be made. The possible length of the project is announced in the application notice in the Federal Register. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally, annual performance and financial reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual performance reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B. Annual expenditure reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED524B. Staff also monitor grants drawdowns using agency financial reports. Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of form ED524B.

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. Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133. State and local governments are subject to the requirements in the Single Audit Act and the ED regulations implementing OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records:   As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR part 75). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of 5 years after completion.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0204-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $486,065,000; FY 09 est $383,908,000; FY 10 est $421,142,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

Varies by competition.

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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:

Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, A-122, and A-133.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Holly Clark Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: holly.clark@ed.gov Phone: (202)401-4942

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

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: The programs for which funded was requested in FY 2010 were: FIE Programs of National Significance (OII, CFDA 84.215U), Elementary and Secondary School Counseling (OSDFS, CFDA 84.215E), Smaller Learning Communities (OESE, CFDA 84.215L), Physical Education Program (OSDFS, CFDA 84.215F), Education Through Cultural and Historical Organizations (OII, CFDA 84.215Y), Excellence in Economic Education (OII, CFDA 84.215B), Mental Health Integration in Schools (OSDFS, CFDA 84.215M), Teaching American History (OII, CFDA 84.215X), and Full Service Community Schools (OII, CFDA 84.215J). Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The selection criteria for these programs are contained in Section 75.210 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). The specific criteria to be used for particular grant competitions are announced in the application package or application notice in the Federal Register.

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