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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Grants to USA Agencies, LEAs, and IHEs for Projects to Help Vulnerable
Students Succeed in Secondary and Postsecondary Education

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Deadline Date:

06/28/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories state governments, LEAs, and IHEs for projects to help vulnerable students finish secondary school and excel in postsecondary education. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to encourage eligible entities to provide support, and maintain a commitment to, eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education.

Purpose of Program: The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program that encourages eligible entities to provide support, and maintain a commitment to, eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. Under the GEAR UP program, the Department awards grants to two types of entities: (1) States and (2) eligible partnerships.

Grantee activities must include providing financial aid information for postsecondary education; encouraging enrollment in rigorous and challenging coursework in order to reduce the need for remediation at the postsecondary level; implementing activities to improve the number of participating students who obtain a secondary school diploma and who complete applications for and enroll in a program of postsecondary education

  • States: States may also provide scholarships.
  • Partnerships: Activities may also include mentoring; tutoring; supporting dual or concurrent enrollment programs that support participating students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM); academic and career counseling; financial and economic literacy education; and exposure to college campuses.

State priorities can be found at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-04-29/pdf/2021-08980.pdf#page=1:

Partnership priorities can be found athttps://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-04-29/pdf/2021-08976.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196138

Number of Grants:

States: Estimated Number of Awards: 11. Partnerships: Estimated Number of Awards: 28.

Estimated Size of Grant:

States: Estimated Range of Awards: $2,500,000-$5,000,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,535,000. Maximum Award: There will not be an award for a State grant exceeding $5,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Additionally, no funding will be awarded for increases in years two through seven.

Partnerships: Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$5,000,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $1,200,000. Maximum Award: Applications will not be funded for a partnership grant above the maximum award of $800 per student for a single budget period of 12 months. Additionally, no funding will be awarded for increases in years two through seven.

Term of Contract:

States: Project Period: Either 72 months or 84 months.

Partnerships: Project Period: Either 72 months or 84 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

States:
1. Eligible Applicants: States (as defined in section 103(20) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1003(20)), which includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Freely Associated States. Per congressional direction in House Report 116-450 and reinforced in the Explanatory Statement to the Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260), only States without an active State GEAR UP grant, or States that have an active State GEAR UP grant that is scheduled to end prior to October 1, 2021, are eligible to receive a new State GEAR UP award in this competition. States with grants remaining open beyond October 1, 2021, for a no-cost extension period or for the sole purpose of data collection and analysis activities, are not considered active for purposes of implementing this directive.

Partnerships:
1. Eligible Applicants: Partnerships consisting of (a) at least one LEA and (b) at least one degree-granting IHE. Partnerships may include not less than two other community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional organizations, State agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program authorized in part A, subpart 4, of title IV of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070c et seq.), or other public or private agencies or organizations (20 U.S.C. 1070a-21(c)(2)). Note: If you are a nonprofit organization, under 34 CFR 75.51, you may demonstrate your nonprofit status by providing: (1) proof that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes the applicant as an organization to which contributions are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; (2) a statement from a State taxing body or the State attorney general certifying that the organization is a nonprofit organization operating within the State and that no part of its net earnings may lawfully benefit any private shareholder or individual; (3) a certified copy of the applicant's certificate of incorporation or similar document if it clearly establishes the nonprofit status of the applicant; or (4) any item described above if that item applies to a State or national parent organization, together with a statement by the State or parent organization that the applicant is a local nonprofit affiliate.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available: April 29, 2021
- Application deadline: June 28, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Tim

States and Partnerships: Cost Sharing or Matching: Section 404C(b)(1) of the HEA requires grantees under this program to provide from State, local, institutional, or private funds, not less than 50 percent of the cost of the program (or one dollar of non-Federal funds for every one dollar of Federal funds awarded), which may be provided in cash or in-kind. The provision also specifies that the match may be accrued over the full duration of the grant award period, except that the grantee must make substantial progress towards meeting the matching requirement in each year of the grant award period.

Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management: 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), the Government’s primary registrant database;
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.

State Grants:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/29/2021-08980/applications-for-new-awards-gaining-early-awareness-and-readiness-for-undergraduate-programs-state

Partnership Grants:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/29/2021-08976/applications-for-new-awards-gaining-early-awareness-and-readiness-for-undergraduate-programs

View on Grants.gov:
State Grants:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333113

Partnership Grants:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333125

Contact Information:

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

Application Contact:
Craig Pooler, Director, craig.pooler@ed.gov, 202-453-6195
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 258-64
Washington, DC 20202-6450

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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