Hispanic Serving Institutions-Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance


To support Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to achieve their principle mission; utilize the resources of HSIs to increase the ability of small and disadvantaged business enterprises (S/DBEs) to participate in transportation-related projects; and assist S/DBEs in obtaining information on DOT procurement opportunities and provide training and technical assistance to enhance DBEs and small business opportunity to successfully compete on DOT contracts and funded projects.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/03/2004 (Combined with 20.907, Minority institutions)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
In FY 2003 three agreements were awarded to Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida, and California State University, San Bernardinol California.
Public Law 97-449, 49 U.S.C. 332, 96 Stat. 2428; Higher Education Act of 1965, Title III, Section 316(a), Public Law 102-325, 20 U.S.C. 1059c; Executive Order 12729, Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, dated February 22, 1994.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are accredited and degree-granting public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with at least 25 percent of total undergraduate Hispanic full-time student enrollment.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Minority, women-owned, disadvantaged business enterprises and small businesses. Hispanic-Serving Institutions of higher education. Students meeting eligibility requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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
Announcement was published in the Commerce Business Daily. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular A-110 for nonprofit institutions.
Award Procedure
Applications will be evaluated by a review panel. Decisions on acceptability are made by the Director, OSDBU. The Department of Transportation will award the Cooperative Agreement. Only one project will be awarded to an HIS; therefore, institutions with multiple campuses should coordinate and submit only one application per HIS. Further, in order to avoid duplication of efforts, only one cooperative agreement will be awarded in any one State.
To be determined.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Selections for award will be announced by DOT press release.
Not applicable.
Renewals will be based upon funding availability and program evaluation.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are rated on a 100- point numerical scale and weighted using the following factors: Approach (25 points); linkages (25 points); organizational capability (25 points); staff capabilities and experience (15 points); and cost (10 points).
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance under this section may be used by educational institutions to design and carry out programs to encourage, promote and assist minority entrepreneurs and small businesses compete in transportation-related contracts, subcontracts and projects. Funds may also be used to develop educational programs designed to enhance DBEs' knowledge of the transportation field, and thus increasing their capabilities to successfully compete in transportation-related contracts. In addition, this project will attract more of the Nation's young talent into transportation-related careers by providing through their academic course studies and practical experience through internships.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Implementation plan; quarterly progress reports; and a final report at the end of the project.
DOT's Inspector General and the Comptroller General of the United States may at all reasonable times investigate and audit, in the offices of the grantee, all documents, papers, books and records relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement.
Recipient is required to retain all documents, files, books, and records relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement for a period of not less than 3 years, except when litigation, dispute, exception, or audit have been filed. In that case, the records and other materials shall be retained until the litigation, dispute, exception, or audit is judicially or administratively made final.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One year cooperative agreements of $80,000 each were obligated in fiscal years 2000 and 2001.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, S-40, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room 9414, Washington, DC 20590. Att: Minority Educational Executive, telephone: (800) 532-1169, or (202)366-2852. E-mail: Patricia Martin@ost.dot.gov.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 02 $254,000; FY 03 $254,000; and FY 043 est $254,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average: Three Cooperative agreements were awarded for a one year period; two in the amount of $80,000 each and one in the amount of $94,000 in Fiscal year 2003.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Will be published in the Commerce Business Daily.
Examples of Funded Projects
Cooperative Agreements will have five major activities including: establish an internet use and access capability; train and provide technical assistance to small, disadvantaged and women-owned business entrepreneurs in the areas and access of Electronic Commerce (EC), application of electronic communication technology, status of the Federal implementation of EC; provide funding for transportation related student internships to support the outreach and training activities; provide information dissemination and outreach activities regarding the Presidential initiative to hire individuals off the welfare rolls and support the DOT Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program.


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