Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program

To provide grants to nonprofit educational organizations that are established to house research, display, interpret and communicate information to elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and the general public relating to the history of the Underground Railroad.

Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Not Specified.)
Program Number
84.345
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Postsecondary Education
Types of Assistance
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
In accordance with eligibility requirements. Organizations receiving funds must: house, display, interpret and communicate information regarding artifacts and research on the Underground Railroad’s history and on lessons learned from Underground Railroad history; demonstrate substantial private support through a public-private partnership; create an endowment to fund shortfalls in the costs of the on-going operations of the facility; make project efforts available, electronically and by other means, to elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, other local and regional facilities that have Underground Railroad history collections and programs. In addition, grantees may establish a network of satellite centers throughout the United States to help disseminate information regarding the Underground Railroad.
Authorization
Higher Education Amendments of 1998; Title VIII, Part H.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
An application submitted for funding under this program must include: (1) The name, address, and web site address, if any, of the nonprofit educational institution seeking to participate, and the name, title, mailing and e-mail address, and telephone number of a contact person for the institution. (2) A description of the facility used to house, display and interpret the artifacts related to the history of the Underground Railroad, including lessons to be drawn from such history. (3) A description of the plan to display, interpret and maintain the project artifacts and materials. (4) A description of the nonprofit educational institution’s project that will make the interpretive efforts available to institutions of higher education, elementary and secondary schools, and the general public that award a baccalaureate or graduate degree. (5) A description of the substantial private support for the facility through the implementation of a public private partnership between a State or local public entity and a private entity. for the support of the facility as required in section 841 (b) (2) of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. (6) Documentation commitment of the private entity to provide matching funds for the support of the facility in an amount equal to 4 times the amount of the contribution of federal grant. (7) A description of the endowment created to fund any and all shortfalls in the costs of the on-going operations of the facility and expected sources of these funds. (8) If the nonprofit educational institution proposes to establish satellite centers, it must provide documentation showing how the satellite centers will raise 80 percent of the funds required from nonfederal public and private sources. (9) A detailed description of how the applicant intends to electronically link the facility with other local and regional facilities that have collections and programs that interpret the history of the underground railroad.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Nonprofit educational organizations that are established to research, display, interpret and collect artifacts relating to the history of the Underground Railroad.
Credentials/Documentation
Nonprofit certification including a description of the purpose for which the organization was established. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point 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. 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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. All applications should clearly designate a contact person, telephone number, and the e-mail address of the contact person. Using E-Application, applicants should electronically submit the original application to the U.S. Department of Education.
Award Procedure
Awards are reviewed by outside reviewers.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
90 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Dependent upon the availability of appropriations.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: An agreement documenting the commitment of the private entity to provide matching funds for the support of the facility in an amount equal to 4 times the amount of the contribution of the State or local public entity is required. An explanation of the proposed contribution of the State or local public entity and documentation showing that not more than 20 percent of the matching funds will be provided by the Federal government is also required.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
For each fiscal year for which the organization receives funding under this section, a report must be submitted to the Secretary of Education that contains a description of the programs and activities supported by the funding, the audited financial statement of the organization for the preceding fiscal year, a plan for the programs and activities to be supported in the succeeding year and an internal and an external evaluation of the programs and activities supported by the funding. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Contact program office.
Audits
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26. In addition, as part of its annual report, every grantee must submit the previous fiscal year’s audited financial statement of its entire organization.
Records
No Data Available.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-0201-0-1-502.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 09 $1,945,000; FY 10 $1,945,000; FY 11 $0 - No appropriation is expected for FY 2011 for this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Claire Cornell, Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 1990 K Street NW, Room 6151, Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Email: claire.cornell@ed.gov Phone: (202) 502-7609.
Website Address
http://www.ed.gov/programs/ugroundrr/index.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Contact the Program Office for information.
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