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84.245 Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Vocational and Technical Institutions

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, Section 117, Public Law 105-332, 20 U.S.C. 2327.
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To make grants to tribally controlled postsecondary vocational and technical institutions to provide basic support for the education and training of Indian students.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

To provide grants for the maintenance and operation of tribally controlled postsecondary vocational institutions in order to support vocational and technical education programs. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under CFD 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group 202-708-7770.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   A tribally controlled postsecondary vocational and technical institution that: (1) Is formally controlled, or has been formally sanctioned or chartered, by the governing body of an Indian tribe or Indian tribes; (2) offers a technical degree or certificate granting program; (3) is governed by a board of directors or trustees, a majority of whom are Indians; (4) demonstrates adherence to stated goals, a philosophy, or a plan of operation, that fosters individual Indian economic and self-sufficient opportunity, including programs that are appropriate to stated tribal goals of developing individual entrepreneurships and self-sustaining economic infrastructures on reservations; (5) has been in operation for at least 3 years; (6) holds accreditation with or is a candidate for accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting authority for postsecondary vocational and technical education; and (7) enrolls the full-time equivalent of not less than 100 students, of whom a majority are Indians.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   American Indians and Native Alaskans will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:   Legal signature by a designated official on the application is required. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. The standard application forms as furnished by the Department of Education and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. Application notices are published in the Federal Register.

Application Procedure:   Applications must be prepared and submitted to the Department of Education in accordance with program announcements and established deadlines as published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedure:   Applications are reviewed in accordance with regulations in 34 CFR Part 75.

Deadlines:   Notice of application deadlines are published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Approximately 120 to 150 days after deadline for transmitting applications.

Appeals:   Not applicable.

Renewals:   Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   The total project period may not exceed five years.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Financial status and performance reports as required by the Department of Education General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.720 must be maintained. Specific reporting requirements are contained in the award document.

Audits:   Periodic audits should be made as part of the recipient's systems of financial management and internal control to meet the terms and conditions of grants.

Records:   In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended by the Improving America's Schools Act, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   91-0400-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $5,600,000; FY 02 est $6,500,000; and FY 03 est $6,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Estimated range: $2,500,000-$5,000,000; Estimated average: $3,000,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Two awards were made in fiscal year 2001.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Not applicable.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:   Gwen Washington Department of Education, OCTAE, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: gwen.washington@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7790

Web Site Address:  
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/programs.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Crownpoint Institute of Technology, Crownpoint, New Mexico, and United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, North Dakota, received grants.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The following criteria are used in reviewing applications. Each criterion should be addressed. Points are awarded to the extent that evidence in the application satisfies each criterion: (1) Institutional goals and objectives; (b) comprehensive development plan; (c) implementation strategy; (d) budget and cost-effectiveness; and (e) evaluation plan.

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