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84.256 Freely Associated States_Education Grant Program

AUTHORIZATION:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Executive Order Title I, Part A, Section 1121 (a), (b) and (c).
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To support activities consistent with the purposes of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including teacher training, curriculum development, instructional materials or general school improvement and school reform, and direct educational services..

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds may be used for activities consistent with the purposes of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Local educational agencies (LEA) in the Republic of Palau and in the outlying areas (American Samoa, Guam, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Local educational agencies in the Republic of Palau and in the outlying areas (American Samao, Guam, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Credentials/Documentation:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Provided by the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Section 1121 of Title I requires that the Department reserve up to $5 million from Title I Grants to LEA funds each fiscal year for competitive grants to local educational agencies in the outlying ares (American Samoa, Guam, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Republic of Palau. Of this amount, the Secretary may reserve 5 percent to pay the administrative costs of the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) regarding activities assisted under this program. PREL conducts the award competition and makes recommendations to the Secretary regarding the award of grants.

Award Procedure:   Applications for continuations are submitted to the Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, School Support and Technology Programs, Washington, DC. PREL conducts the competition for grants and submits recommendations of applications for funding to the Secretary of Education. The Secretary awards grants taking into consideration the recommendations of PREL.

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Approximately 90 days.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Continuation awards of 12 months each may be made for a total of 36 months. Continuations are contingent upon evidence of satisfactory progress toward goals and objectives and subject to the availability of funds.

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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:   

Up to 36 months with annual continuations. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Annual performance reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. The Single Audit Act applies.

Records:   Records must be maintained as necessary for audit and for three years after the program ends.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0900-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $3,811,000; FY 09 est $5,000,000; FY 10 est $5,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

to be determined.

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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:

Not Applicable.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None. Contact the PREL office.

Headquarters Office:   Britt Jung School Support and Rural Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., LBJ Bldg. Room 3E201, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: britt.jung@ed.gov Phone: (202) 205-4513

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/programs/tfasegp/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 are reviewed in accordance with criteria in the application package.

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