Language Resource Centers


To provide grants for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 603
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An institution of higher education or a consortia of institutions of higher education is eligible to receive an award.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Institutions of higher education or combinations of such institutions and individuals will benefit.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible institutions may submit applications for funding when the announcement of a new competition is issued in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of applications are available from the Advanced Training and Research Team in the Office of International and Foreign Language Education in the office of Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education.
Award Procedure
Final recommendations are made to the Secretary following advice from a panel of consultants.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 days.
Not applicable.
Institutions of higher education selected to receive funds for the 4-year phased program must submit annual performance reports for the continuation of support. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Applications for awards will be evaluated competitively in accordance with the selection criteria published in 34 CFR 655.31, 669.21, and 669.22. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
Centers funded must carry out activities to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages. These activities must include effective dissemination efforts, whenever appropriate, and may include--(a) the conduct and dissemination of research on new and improved methods for teaching foreign languages, including the use of advanced educational technology; (b) the development and dissemination of new materials for teaching foreign languages, to reflect the results of research on effective teaching strategies; (c) the development, application, and dissemination of performance testing that is appropriate for use in an educational setting to be used as a standard and comparable measurement of skill levels in foreign languages; (d) the training of teachers in the administration and interpretation of foreign language performance tests, the use of effective teaching strategies, and the use of new technologies; (e) a significant focus on the teaching and learning needs of the less commonly taught languages, including an assessment of the strategic needs of the United States, the determination of ways to meet those needs nationally, and the publication and dissemination of instructional materials in the less commonly taught languages; (f) the development and dissemination of materials designed to serve as a resource for foreign language teachers at the elementary and secondary school levels; and (g) the operation of intensive summer language institutes to train advanced foreign language students, to provide professional development, and to improve language instruction through pre-service and in-service language training for teachers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.
Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.
All records supporting claims under grants or relating to the accountability for awarded funds must be available upon request: (1) For 3 years after close of the fiscal year in which the grant expired or (2) until the grantee is notified of the completion of the Federal financial audit, whichever is later.
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 are awarded for up to a 48-month period. Continuation awards are made if the grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the objectives outlined in its application and are subject to the availability of funds. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Stephanie McKissic
International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202)453-6425
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$2,846,768.00; FY 23 est $2,846,768.00; FY 24 est $2,846,768.00; FY 21$2,746,882.00; FY 20$2,746,768.00; FY 18$2,746,768.00; FY 19 est $2,746,768.00; FY 17$2,746,768.00; FY 16$2,746,768.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2022: Average award was $177,923 per year; Awards ranged from $157,600-$190,000 per year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 655 and 669, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.