Civil Rights Training and Advisory Services (also known as Equity Assistance Centers)
To provide technical assistance and training services to school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to cope with educational problems occasioned by race, sex, religion, and national origin desegregation.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available. No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2017
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2018
In fiscal year 2018, the EACs provided targeted and intensive assistance to 40 State educational agencies (SEAs), 106 local educational agencies (LEAs), and 217 schools in 45 States in areas such as creating a positive and safe school climate, improving family engagement, increasing teacher diversity, and implementing instructional practices that reach all students. EACs also developed new resources on a variety of topics, such as addressing health disparities, supporting English learners, and implementing socioeconomic integration strategies. Four-fifths of recipients of intensive technical assistance (80 percent) indicated that they were satisfied with the services the EACs provided.Fiscal Year 2019
Estimated to be similar to FY 2018 accomplishments.Fiscal Year 2020
Estimated to be similar to FY 2018 accomplishments.
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IV, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Any private, nonprofit organization or any public agency (other than a State educational agency or school board) may apply.
Educational personnel and elementary and secondary students in local school districts benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. See above.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 3474, 2 CFR 3485, 34 CFR 270, and the Education Department General Education Regulations in 34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84,86, 97, 98, and 99 apply to this program. Applications or proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable program announcements.
After completion of competitive peer review of applications, the Department makes the final decision on the approval and funding of applications.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 30 to 90 Days.
Equity assistance centers receive awards for multi-year project periods if they meet the criteria for annual continuation in the regulations. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
New equity assistance center applications are evaluated on the basis of selection criteria from 34 CFR 75.210, addressing significance, quality of project services, quality of project design, quality of project personnel, adequacy of resources, and quality of project evaluation. The highest-ranking application for each geographical service area was selected for an award. The competition was conducted in FY16.
How may assistance be used?
Funds support Equity Assistance Centers to provide technical assistance and training, upon request, in the areas of race, sex, religion, and national origin to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable education opportunities. The centers work in the areas of civil rights and equity. This assistance helps schools and communities ensure that equitable education opportunities are available and accessible for all children.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Specific performance reporting requirements are included in grant award documents.
In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, as well as 75.730-732: and 2 CFR 200.333, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will generally be made for a period of 60 months. Funds are appropriated on an annual basis. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Program and Grantee Support Services, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. LBJ Bldg., Room 3E206
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$6,575,000.00; FY 19 est $6,575,000.00; FY 20 est $6,575,000.00; FY 17$6,575,000.00; FY 16$6,575,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 18, $1,634,250 average. In FY 19, $1,633,500 average. In FY 20, $1,633,500 average.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations applicable to this program are 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 3474, 2 CFR 3485, 2 CFR 180, 34 CFR 270, and the Education Department General Education Regulations in 34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Funds will support one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions. Funds supported one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.Fiscal Year 2017
Funds supported one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.Fiscal Year 2018
Funds will support one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.Fiscal Year 2019
Funds will support one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.Fiscal Year 2020
Funds will support one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.