Parental Assistance Centers

 

To provide grants to nonprofit organizations and nonprofit organizations in consortia with local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist them in establishing parental information and resource centers. These centers strive to: (1) assist parents in helping their children to meet State and local standards; (2) obtain information about the range of programs, services, and resources available nationally and locally for parents and school personnel who work with parents; (3) help parents use the technology applied in their children's education; (4) plan, implement, and fund activities for parents that coordinate the education of their children with other programs that serve their children and families; and (5) coordinate and integrate early childhood programs with school-age programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
84.310
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended., Executive Order Title V, Part D, Subpart 16.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofit organizations and nonprofit organizations in consortia with LEAs may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Preschool and school-aged children and their parents will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the notice published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by panels of field readers. Points are awarded according to the selection criteria for discretionary grants contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). Applications are ranked based on the number of points awarded and are selected for funding based on their rank order and geographic location in order to satisfy statutory provisions. Grants are distributed, to the greatest extent possible, to all geographic regions of the country.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Renewals are based on the review of annual performance reports and the recommendation of the project officer. All renewals are subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations are used to evaluate this program. For more information contact the Program Office.
How may assistance be used?
Each grantee receiving funds under this program must use at least 50 percent of the funds provided to serve areas with high concentrations of low-income families in order to serve parents that are severely educationally or economically disadvantaged. At least 30 percent of the funds must also be used to establish, expand, or operate a Parents As Teachers Program or a Home Instruction Program for Preschool youngsters. Other requirements include the establishment of a special advisory committee and design requirements. Grantees must serve both urban and rural areas. For funding in subsequent years, grantees must demonstrate that a portion of the services provided under this project is supported through nonfederal contributions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the Education Department General Administration Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 74, nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements in OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations."
Records
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Grantees are required to contribute, from nonfederal sources, a portion of the services provided under the project after the first year.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects generally may be supported for 1 to 4 years. Funds are granted on a 12-month basis. 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
Rosie Kelley Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Room 4W221, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: rosie.kelley@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-0911
Website Address
http://www.ed.gov/programs/pirc/index.html.
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-0204-0-1-501.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 09 $39,254,000; FY 10 $39,254,000; FY 11 $39,254,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 09 Range: $374-290 - $892,428; Average: $614,614.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). For more information contact the program office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

 



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