Friday, March 2, 2012

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ISSUES GRANTS NOTICE ON "OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (OESE): INDIAN EDUCATION FORMULA GRANTS TO LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES CFDA NUMBER 84.060A

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Environmental Protection Agency issues discretionary grants notice for The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities described in this notice in their efforts to reform and improve elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. Estimated Total Program Funding is $104,331,000

The funding opportunity number ED-GRANTS-011211-001 was posted on Jan. 12 with an application closing date of, May 06.

Category of Funding Activity: Education

Expected Number of Awards: 1265

Eligible Applicants: "Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)."

Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible Applicants: LEAs, including charter schools authorized as LEAs under State law, certain schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education of the U.

S. Department of the Interior, and Indian tribes under certain conditions, as prescribed by section 7112(c) of the ESEA.

The description of the Grant Notice is "Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Purpose of Program: The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities described in this notice in their efforts to reform and improve elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The Department funds programs designed to help Indian students meet the same State academic content and student academic achievement standards used for all students. In addition, under section 7116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), the Secretary will, upon receipt of an acceptable plan for the integration of education and related services, authorize the entity receiving the funds under this program to consolidate, in accordance with the entity's plan, the funds for any Federal program exclusively serving Indian children, or the funds reserved under any Federal program to exclusively serve Indian children, that are awarded under a statutory or administrative formula to the entity, for the purpose of providing education and related services to Indian students. Instructions for submitting an integration of education and related services plan are included in the EASIE described elsewhere in this notice under Application Process and Submission Information. Note: Under the Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies program, applicants are required to develop the project for which application is made (a) in open consultation with parents of Indian children and teachers and, if appropriate, Indian students from secondary schools, including through public hearings held to provide a full opportunity to understand the program and to offer recommendations regarding the program (section 7114(c)(3)(C) of the ESEA); (b) with the participation of a parent committee selected in accordance with section 7114(c)(4) of the ESEA and with the written approval of that parent committee (section 7114(c)(4) of the ESEA). Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.060A. Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline dates for both Part I and Part II applications, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. Formula Grant EASIE Electronic Application System: Formula Grant EASIE is an easy-to-use, electronic application system. It communicates with data from State submissions to EDFacts, the Department's data collection system that contains performance information from State educational agencies about schools and Federal education programs. To the extent that your State has provided the necessary EDFacts data files, Formula Grant EASIE will be able to interface with EDFacts and pull those LEA-specific data into the application. Additionally, this system allows the Department to review applications and interact online with applicants during the application review and approval process. The Formula Grant EASIE application is divided into two parts--Part I and Part II. Part I, Student Count, provides the appropriate data-entry screens to submit your Indian student count totals. Part II, Program and Budget Information, provides your award amount based on the Indian student count total submitted under Part I. Part II also enables you to enter student performance data, identify your project's services and activities, and build a realistic program budget based on a known grant amount. Based on student assessment data, you will select your program objectives and services from a variety of menu options that were designed with grantee input. Registration for Formula Grant EASIE: Entities are encouraged to register as soon as possible at the registration Web site: http://www.easie.org to ensure that any potential registration issues are resolved prior to the deadline for the submission of an application. The purpose of the initial registration is to re-activate entities' access to EASIE and to ensure that the correct entity information (e.g., NCES or DUNS numbers) is pre-populated into the first part of EASIE. The registration Web site does not serve as the entity's grant application. The registration may be completed by current, former, and new applicants interested in submitting an Indian Formula Grant EASIE application. For information on how to register, contact the EDFacts Partner Support Center listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT."

Full Announcement: http://origin.www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-01-12/pdf/2011-529.pdf For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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