Comprehensive Centers


This program supports no fewer than 20 comprehensive centers that provide training and technical assistance, and professional development primarily to State educational agencies. By statute, the Department is required to establish at least one center in each of the 10 geographic regions served by the Department's regional education laboratories.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Curent Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Education Technical Assistance Act of 2002, Section 203.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Research organizations, institutions, agencies, institutions of higher education (IHEs), or partnerships among such entities, or individuals that have the expertise to provide training to States, school districts, and schools may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Agencies supporting or providing elementary and secondary education will benefit, including state and local educational agencies, schools, Indian tribes, community-based organizations, and other recipients of funds under ESEA.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applications or proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable program announcements.
Award Procedure
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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 60 to 120 days.
Not Applicable.
Awards are made for up to five years, subject to the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria include: (1) Meeting the purpose of the authorizing statue; (2) extent of need for the center; (3) plan of operation; (4) quality of key personnel; (5) budget and cost-effectiveness; (6) evaluation plan; and (7) adequacy of resources.
How may assistance be used?
The existing Comprehensive Centers consist of 22 centers, including 15 regional centers and 7 content centers. Grantees are required to develop five-year plans for carrying out authorized activities that address State and regional needs. The 15 regional centers provide services primarily to State educational agencies to enable them to assist school districts, regional education agencies, and schools, especially low-performing schools. Each regional center provides training and technical assistance in the implementation and administration of programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the use of scientifically valid teaching methods and assessment tools in mathematics, science, reading and language arts. The 7 content centers focus on specific areas, with one center in each of seven areas: standards and assessment implementation; great teachers and leaders; school turnaround; enhancing early learning outcomes; college- and career-readiness and success; building State capacity and productivity; and innovations in learning. These centers supply much of the research-based information and products in the specific area that regional centers use when working with States.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Specified reporting requirements are included in the grant or cooperative agreement document. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. As required by EDGAR, 34 CFR 74.
Records must be kept for three years after the completion of the activity that grant funds were used.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be awarded for up to five years subject to the availability of funds and performance by the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local 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: Phone: (202) 205-4513
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $48,445,000; FY 15 est $48,445,000; and FY 16 est $48,445,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of awards in FY 15: $759,708 - $4,511,622; Average: $2,201,741.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations applicable to this program are in the Department of Education's General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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