Fund for the Improvement of Education

 

To conduct nationally significant programs to improve the quality of education, assist all students to meet challenging State content standards, and contribute to the achievement of elementary and secondary students.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
84.215
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Contracts)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Title V, Part D, Subpart 1.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private organizations and institutions may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State educational agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private organizations and institutions will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
OMB Circular No. A-21; OMB Circular No. A-122. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application procedures are described in application notices published annually in the Federal Register. Contact the headquarters offices listed below for application packages containing the announcement, application, and assurance forms and for further information about the specific programs.
Award Procedure
Awards are competitively selected following review by nonfederal experts in accordance with Subpart D of Part 75 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant program (see 34 CFR 75.253). Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if: sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in the meeting of the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria for these programs are contained in Section 75.210 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). The specific criteria to be used for particular grant competitions are announced in the application package or application notice in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to support a wide range of projects under the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) general authority for programs, and additional specific program authorities. Competitions are announced in the Federal Register. Specific limitations and restrictions for each competition are provided in the Federal Register notice.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally, annual performance and financial reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual performance reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B. Annual expenditure reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED524B. Staff also monitors grants drawdowns using agency financial reports. Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of form ED524B.
Auditing
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.
Records
As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR part 75). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of 5 years after completion.
Other 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
Awards are made annually. Following an initial, competitively selected award, additional non-competing continuation awards may be made. The possible length of the project is announced in the application notice in the Federal Register. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Holly Clark Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: holly.clark@ed.gov Phone: (202)401-4942
Website Address
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fie/index.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-0204-0-1-501.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $42,376,000; FY 15 est $48,000,000; and FY 16 est $41,926,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, A-122, and A-133.
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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