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Provide Essential Needs for Underserved BIPOC Students

Higher Education Program (HEP): Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) - Fund for The Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)

Conf. Date:

11/16/21

Deadline Date:

12/06/21 Before 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA minority-serving community colleges for programs that provide essential needs for underserved BIPOC students. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support needs such as housing, health, and transportation. The purpose of the program is to improve academic performance and outcomes for students studying at historically Black and tribal IHEs and minority-serving institutions.

There is growing evidence that food and housing insecurities compromise the well-being of thousands of undergraduate students across the country, which may reduce the odds that they will complete their degrees or certificates. In addition, studies show that if a student has not eaten sufficient nutritious food or slept the night before a class or exam, they will have greater difficulty mastering the material and performing well. According to recent basic needs surveys, students of color were more likely to experience basic needs insecurity than their White peers.

Supporting students’ basic needs has many benefits for colleges and universities, including boosting academic performance, promoting retention and degree completion, reducing the barriers that returning adults face, and creating bridges between the institution and community organizations. In light of this and other important issues, the Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Program supports programs to promote student success by supporting programs that address the basic needs of students and report on those practices that improve student outcomes. 

The notice contains one absolute priority and one competitive preference priority. Only applications that meet the absolute priority will be considered. 

Absolute Priority: Strengthening Cross-Agency Coordination and Community Engagement to Advance Systemic Change

Projects that are designed to take a systemic approach to improving outcomes for underserved students through coordinating efforts with Federal, State, or local agencies, or community-based organizations that support students, to address two or more of the following basic needs:

  1. Food assistance.
  2. Housing
  3. Transportation
  4. Health, including access to mental health support
  5. Childcare
  6. Dependent care
  7. Technology

Competitive Preference Priority: Meeting Student Social, Emotional, and Academic Needs 

Projects that are designed to support students’ social, emotional, and academic needs with a focus on underserved students. An applicant may or may not address this priority.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199583

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,950,000

Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Range of Awards: $750,000 to $990,000 over 36 months.
- Estimated Average Size of Award: $865,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Community Colleges that are Minority-Serving Institutions, Historically Black colleges and universities, or Tribal Colleges or Universities. For definitions of these terms, see https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-11-05/pdf/2021-24362.pdf#page=2.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-application Webinar:
Learn about the new program and how to submit a successful application.
November 16, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

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For information about the webinar, please see document listed second in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates:
- Applications Available: November 5, 2021.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 6, 2021.

For a successful submission, the date/time received should be earlier than 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date.

It is strongly recommended that that you not wait until the last day to submit your application; it is suggested that you submit your application several days before the deadline.

Paper applications are discouraged, but those unable to submit an electronic application may request an exemption from electronic submission by providing a written statement no later than 2 weeks prior to the deadline date.

Applications must be submitted electronically using Grants.gov. You are urged to acquaint yourself with the requirements of Grants.gov early as the registration procedures may require 5 or more days to complete. Moreover, Grants.gov registration involves many steps including registration on SAM which may take approximately one week to complete but could take upwards of several weeks to complete.

Notice of Intent to Apply: The Department will be able to review grant applications more efficiently if the approximate number of applicants that intend to apply is known. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that each potential applicant notify the funding source of their intent to submit an application. To do so, please email the program contact person with the subject line “Intent to Apply,” and include the applicant's name and a contact person’s name and email address. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information provided.

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using Grants.gov, you must:
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov).
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

Please note:
- You must provide the DUNS number that was used when your organization registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).
- If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you need a new TIN, please allow two to five weeks for your TIN to become active.

Note: The document published in the Federal Register is the official document; you should not rely upon any information that is inconsistent with the guidelines contained within the official document. For the Federal Register Notice, see: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-11-05/html/2021-24362.htm. In addition, see the Federal Register Common Instructions listed (second) in Supporting Documents below.

For FIPSE related information and resources, see: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/fipse/index.html

View the grant opportunity at grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336398
For a list of related documents, press the Package tab (Click Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, please email Njeri Clark, competition manager, at:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., LBJ-2B186
Washington, D.C. 20202
E-mail: Njeri.Clark@ed.gov
Telephone: 202-453-6224

For technical support, please contact Grants.gov Customer Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

CFDA Number:

84.116

Funding or Pin Number:

ED-GRANTS-110521-002, OMB No. 1894-0006

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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