Tribal Colleges-Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance


To support Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in advancing the development of human potential by providing quality educational experiences, training and employment opportunities to minority students interested in transportation-related careers, support the design and implementation of educational programs, and to encourage, promote and assist minority entrepreneurs. These projects will strengthen TCU efforts to promote the full diversification of the work force by developing curricula programs. In addition, TCU projects provide training opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) to learn how to compete for the many contracting opportunities available at the Department of Transportation (DOT) and on DOT funded projects throughout the nation.

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
One cooperative agreement was awarded to the United Tribes Technical College, Bismark North Dakota. Program is being phased out.
Public Law 95-471, Title 25 U.S.C. 640a note; Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, 7 U.S.C. 301 note; Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act of 1978, 25 U.S.C. 1801 et.seq.; Navajo Community College Assistance Act of 1978.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public and private nonprofit accredited institutions of higher education which, at the time of application, have an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Native American.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Minority, women-owned, disadvantaged business enterprises and small businesses. Tribal Colleges and Universities. 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. 12866, "Regulatory Planning and Review", E.O. 12988, "Civil Justice Reform", OMB Circular No. A-19, and Executive Memorandum of April 29, 1994, on Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments. This program is not eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."
Application Procedure
Announcements are published in the Commerce Business Daily. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated by an independent review panel. Decisions on acceptability are made by the Director, OSDBU. The Department of Transportation will award the cooperative agreements.
To be determined.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Selections for award are 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 are weighted using the following factors: emphasis on student involvement, managerial plan, budget plan, support from public and private partners, and institutional commitment. The Criteria may be revised annually, based on program components.
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 to compete on transportation-related contracts, subcontracts and projects. Funds may also be used to develop educational programs designed to enhance DBEs' and small business entrepreneurs' knowledge of the transportation field, and, thus, increase their capability to successfully compete on transportation-related contracts. In addition, this project will attract more of the nation's young talent into transportation-related careers through academic 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 no less than 3 years, except when dispute, exception, or audit have been initiated, the records and other materials shall be retained until the litigation, dispute, exception, or audit has judicially or administratively been made final.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One-year cooperative agreements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Patricia A. Martin, Program Coordinator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, S-40, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room 9414, Washington, DC 20590, or toll free (800) 532-1169. Telephone: (202) 366-2852. E-mail:
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 02 $80,000; FY 03 est $80,000; and FY 03 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average: $80,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Will be published in the Commerce Business Daily.
Examples of Funded Projects
Cooperative agreements will have four 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.