Bilingual Education-Professional Development


To provide financial support for programs designed to meet the training needs for additional or better trained education personnel in Bilingual Education, including support for program improvement and, in certain cases, financial support for students pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in areas related to programs for limited English proficient persons.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 06/10/2004 (This program is no longer authorized -- no new awards will be made.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2002, 419 projects were funded.
This program is not longer authorized. It was formerly authorized. It was formerly authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 7473.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of higher education and, in certain cases, local and State educational agencies, and private nonprofit organizations may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Institutions of higher education, local and State educational agencies will benefit.
Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. 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
Applications must be prepared in accordance with program regulations and guidelines, and must be submitted prior to the announced deadline. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Based on an evaluation panel of outside experts and on internal administrative review, the Director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, approves applications for support. Awards are for project periods ranging from one to five years. Continuation of multi-year awards are conditioned on the availability of funds and on the grantees' demonstration of substantial progress in attaining the objectives of the projects. Following negotiations with the approved applicant, the Grants Officer sends the notification of grant award to the recipient.
No new awards are expected only continuation grants. The program is no longer authorized to make new awards.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
For multi-year awards, annual continuation applications must be prepared in the manner and form prescribed by regulations and guidelines, and must be submitted prior to the announced deadline. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria vary slightly among programs. Common to these programs are criteria as follows: (1) Need for the proposed project; (2) quality of the project design; (3) quality of project services; (4) evaluation plan; and (5) quality of personnel.
How may assistance be used?
Support for projects that are preparing educational personnel to serve children having limited English proficiency. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Financial status and performance reports as required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.720-75.721. Specific reporting requirements are included in the grant award document.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records relating to grant funds, compliance, and performance as required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.730-75.734.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One to 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Office of English Language Acquisition, U. S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 5628, MES, Washington, DC 20202. Contact: Robert Trifiletti E-mail Address Telephone: (202) 205-5712.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02 $89,215,000; FY 03 est $64,430,000; and FY 04 est $30,131,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
EDGAR: 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.
Examples of Funded Projects
(1) A year long inservice training project for teachers to enable them to qualify for bilingual education certification; (2) an academic year project for full-time undergraduates preparing for bachelors degrees and certification as bilingual teachers; (3) a short-term training institute to improve the skills of educational personnel and parents who are participating in programs for limited English proficient students; (4) a project to provide financial assistance to an institution of higher education to enable them to develop or improve a bilingual/ESL teacher training program; and (5) a project to provide fellowships to full-time students who are in pursuit of a degree above the bachelor's level in areas related to programs of bilingual education, such as teacher training, program administration, research and evaluation, and curriculum development.


Federal Grants Resources