Tribal Colleges Endowment Program

 

To enhance educational opportunities at the thirty-four (34) Land Grant Institutions by strengthening their teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in targeted need areas.

The legislation designates that the interest from the endowment funds benefit the 1994 land-Grant institutions by supporting teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in the target areas of:
1) Curricula design and instructional materials
2) Faculty development and preparation for teaching
3) Instruction delivery systems
4) Student experiential learning
5) Equipment & instrumentation for teaching
6) Student recruitment and retention

Additionally, endowment funds released on or after October 1, 2001, also may be used for facility renovation, repair, construction and maintenance to support teaching programs in the food and agriculture sciences in addition to the above six (6) areas, to support the land-grant mission.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.222
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014:
Total distribution to 32 Tribal Colleges (1994 Land Grants) will be similar to 2013, based on the annual Indian student count and Endowment interest earned. Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:

Total FY '15 amount will be based on interest earned from Endowment fund and distribution formula. Pertinent data will be submitted by Program at a future date. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:
Total FY '16 amount will be based on interest earned from Endowment fund and distribution formula. Pertinent data will be submitted by Program at a future date.
Authorization
Title V, Part C of the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994, Public law 103-382 (October 20, 1994), 7 U.S.C. 301 note, as amended; Public Law 105-185, cited as “Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994,” (hereafter referred to as the Act) provides that certain tribal colleges, designated as “1994 Land-Grant Institutions,” (hereafter referred to as LGIs) receive various benefits., 7 U.S.C 301 note.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility is defined by legislation. An institution must be an accredited 1994 Land Grant Institution with current accreditation from a recognized accreditation organization. Section 7402 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246), amends Section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note: Public Law 103-382) by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(34) Ilisagvik College.’’ The complete listing of 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (LGIs) is as follows: Bay Mills Community College, Blackfeet Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, College of the Menominee Nation, D-Q University, Dine’ College, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Ilisagvik College , Institute of American Indian Arts, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Big Horn College, Little Priest Tribal College, Navajo Technical College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Salish Kootenai College, Si Tanka University, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sitting Bull College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Stone Child College, Tohono O’odham Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College, United Tribes Technical College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligibility is defined by legislation. An institution must be an accredited 1994 Land Grant Institution with current accreditation from a recognized accreditation organization. Section 7402 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246), amends Section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note: Public Law 103-382) by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(34) Ilisagvik College.’’ The complete listing of 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (LGIs) is as follows: Bay Mills Community College, Blackfeet Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, College of the Menominee Nation, D-Q University, Dine’ College, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Ilisagvik College , Institute of American Indian Arts, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Big Horn College, Little Priest Tribal College, Navajo Technical College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Salish Kootenai College, Si Tanka University, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sitting Bull College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Stone Child College, Tohono O’odham Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College, United Tribes Technical College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College.
Credentials/Documentation
Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM) - each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Applicants must furnish the information required in the request for applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following:

Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, “Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.”. 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. There is no application process. Please refer to Section :093 for specific details regarding the Award Procedure.
Award Procedure
On the termination of each fiscal year, the Secretary of Agriculture withdraws the earned interest from the Endowment fund and distributes it to the 1994s on a pro rata basis. The pro rata basis formula is as follows: 60 percent is based on the Indian student count for each institution; 40 percent is distributed in equal shares. Interest distributions are made on an annual basis. The interest earned from the endowment corpus is distributed to each 1994 Institution based on a 60-40 percentage formula: • 60 percent (60%) is based on the number of American Indian students enrolled (based on the annual Student Indian Count as defined in Section 390(3) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act) will be furnished to the agency by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium - AIHEC) and

• 40 percent (40%) on an equal base formula. The computation is made by NIFA and a letter of notification is sent to each 1994 institution President.

The Endowment Interest distribution is available to the 1994 Institutions to be drawn down at their discretion through the electronic payment systems of either the Department of Health and Human Services (PMS) or through the Treasury ASAP system. Upon notification of their annual distribution, 1994s are required to submit a Planning Document (subject to approval) on how their Endowment funds will be spent.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
2 CFR Part 200 – Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Renewals
Not applicable, each year of funding is awarded as a new grant.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The Tribal Colleges Endowment Fund benefits the 1994 land-grant institutions by promoting capacity development in teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences. The Tribal Colleges Endowment Fund, as a teaching capacity development program, is a companion program of the Tribal Colleges Equity Grants Program. It differs primarily from the Equity Grants Program in two (2) respects, namely:

• Endowment funds may be escrowed indefinitely and used for major obligations relating to the allowable activities.

• As of October 1, 2001, Endowment funds also may be used for facility renovation, repair, construction. and maintenance in support of and in addition to the six (6) targeted areas of support listed below.

Interest distribution from an endowed corpus based on a formula specific to this legislation.

The legislation designates that the interest from the endowment funds benefit the 1994 land-Grant institutions by supporting teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in the target areas of:
1) Curricula design and instructional materials
2) Faculty development and preparation for teaching
3) Instruction delivery systems
4) Student experiential learning
5) Equipment & instrumentation for teaching
6) Student recruitment and retention

Additionally, endowment funds released on or after October 1, 2001, also may be used for facility renovation, repair, construction and maintenance to support teaching programs in the food and agriculture sciences in addition to the above six (6) areas, to support the land-grant mission. Interest distribution from an endowed corpus based on a formula specific to this legislation. Distribution funds received prior to October, 2001 may not be used for new construction. Institutions that intend to use their Endowment Funds for new construction should submit their plans to USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Multicultural Alliances for approval. Institutions that list plans for new construction in their Planning Document will be sent specific guidelines. Section 7402 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246), amends Section 534(a)(3) of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note: Public Law 103-382) to require that all eligible recipients of the 1994 Institutions Endowment Fund meet certain accreditation requirements in order to receive interest distributions from that fund. Those LGIs that do not meet these requirements will have their share of funds redistributed to those 1994 institutions which meet accreditation requirements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFA’s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects.

The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions. As part of its oversight and accountability responsibilities,

NIFA requires that the following documents be submitted by September 30 of each year or within 90 days after having received the interest distribution notification:
• Planning Document – College intent to utilize the Endowment Funds (Institutions are encouraged to engage in long-range planning and the sharing of ideas within the Tribal College Community.).
• Annual Technical/Progress Report – How funds were spent over the past year and any impact of those funds.
• Annual SF- 425, Federal Financial Report, per Agency instructions.

SPECIAL NOTE: Specific and detailed guidance regarding the format and content of the Planning Document and Annual Technical/Progress Report accompany the annual Interest Distribution letters which are sent to the Presidents of each 1994 Land-Grant Institution. Further, the reports are required to keep Congress informed of progress and accomplishments regarding the utilization of the Endowment funds. NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash. (Pertinent details regarding Progress Reports are provided above.). Institutions are required to submit the SF-425, Federal Financial Report, per Agency instructions. The office listed below provides agency oversight of these reports:

Capacity Grant Branch
Awards Management Division (AMD)
Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
STOP 2298
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2298

Telephone: (202) 401-6520
Fax: (202) 690-3002

E-mail: formulagrantquestions@nifa.usda.gov. (Pertinent details regarding Performance Monitoring Reports are provided above.).
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. In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F—Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in § 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO).

This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved.

2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, Public Law 103-382. Title V, Part C of the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994, Public law 103-382 (October 20, 1994), 7 U.S.C. 301 note, as amended; Public Law 105-185, cited as “Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994,” (hereafter referred to as the Act) provides that certain tribal colleges, designated as “1994 Land-Grant Institutions,” (hereafter referred to as LGIs) receive various benefits.
This program has no matching requirements. NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Interest distributions are made on an annual basis.

The Endowment Interest distribution is “no-year” funds and can be used or held indefinitely. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, Division of Community and Education, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2250 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-2324 Fax: (202) 720-2030
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/program/tribal-college-endowment-program
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-5205-0-1-352.
Obligations
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 14 $4,882,043; FY 15 est $4,875,534; and FY 16 est $4,420,800 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.

NOTES:

(1) We agreed to report payments to states for all three years. Therefore, the FY 2016 net amount to states for the Higher Education-Interest Earned for the Native American Endowment Fund is $4,420,800 (after deducting federal administration).

(2) Due to declining interest rates, the income from interest earned on investments of the Endowment corpus have gone down, thus resulting in lower funding amounts for the grant program.

(3) This program represents no year funds. In terms of availability of appropriations (time), there are no time limits as to when "no-year" funds may be obligated and expended and the funds remain available for their original purposes until expended.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The Endowment Interest distribution increases each year in proportion to the Endowment Corpus and the interest earnings for each year; as well as the number of American Indians enrolled at each institution. The highest amount awarded was in 2009 was $299,509 and the lowest amount was $57,866. Three Institutions received amounts over $200,000; 11 Institutions received amounts over $100,000 and 18 Institutions received amounts under $99,000.

NOTE: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, two (2) LGIs did not meet eligibility criteria for interest distribution.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The following federal statutes and regulations represent general administrative requirements which apply to NIFA federal assistance programs. These include, but are not limited to the ones listed below.

2 CFR Part 25 - Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration

2 CFR Part 170 - Reporting Subaward and Executive Compensation Information

2 CFR Part 175 - Award Term for Trafficking in Persons

2 CFR Part 180 and Part 417 - OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government-Wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and USDA Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 182 - Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 400 – USDA implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 415 - General Program Administrative Regulations

2 CFR Part 416 – USDA General Program Administrative Regulations for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments

2 CFR Part 417 - Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 418 - New Restrictions on Lobbying

2 CFR Part 421 - Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 422—Research Institutions Conducting USDA-Funded Extramural Research; Research Misconduct.

7 CFR Part 1, subpart A—USDA implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and 7 CFR Part 3404, Public Information.

7 CFR Part 1c—USDA Implementation of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

7 CFR Part 3—USDA implementation of OMB Circular No. A-129 regarding debt collection

7 CFR Part 15, subpart A—USDA implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended

7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121—USDA implementation of the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002

7 CFR Part 3407—USDA procedures to implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended

7 CFR Part 3418—Stakeholder Input Requirements for Recipients of Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Formula Funds

7 CFR Part 3419—Matching Funds Requirement for Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds at 1890 Land–Grant Institutions, Including Tuskegee University, and at 1862 Land–Grant Institutions in Insular Areas

7 CFR Part 3430—Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Financial Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions

7 CFR Part 3434—Hispanic–Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities Certification Process

29 U.S.C. 794 (section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and 7 CFR Part 15b (USDA implementation of statute) —prohibiting discrimination based upon physical or mental handicap in federally-assisted programs

35 U.S.C. 200 et seq. —Bayh Dole Act, controlling allocation of rights to inventions made by employees of small business firms and domestic nonprofit organizations, including universities, in federally-assisted programs (implementing regulations are contained in 37 CFR Part 401)

44 U.S.C. 3551-3558 (Pub. L. 113–283) - Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA). Applies to awardees if it will collect, store, process, transmit, or use information on behalf of NIFA.

Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging while Driving (Oct. 1, 2009).

NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide—a compendium of basic NIFA policies and procedures that apply to all NIFA awards, unless there are statutory, regulatory, or award-specific requirements to the contrary.

In addition, the following represent Program-Specific requirements:

7 CFR Part 3400 – Special Research Grants Program (for CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3401—Rangeland Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3402—Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (CFDA 10.210).

7 CFR Part 3403—Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.212)

7 CFR Part 3405—Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (CFDA 10.217)

7 CFR Part 3406—1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants Program (CFDA 10.216)

7 CFR Part 3415 – Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.219)

7 CFR Part 3431—Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (CFDA 10.313)


Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014:

In 2014, Turtle Mountain Community College used its endowment funding to provide additional courses in science serving 87 students. In addition, 215 community members were given extension programming in entrepreneurship, gardening and cultural conservation. Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:
Funding is at the discretion of the 1994 Land Grant Presidents. Not available at this time. Pertinent data will be provided by Program at a future date. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:
Funding is at the discretion of the 1994 Land Grant Presidents. Not available at this time. Pertinent data will be provided by Program at a future date.

 



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