Civil Rights Training and Advisory Services (also known as Equity Assistance Centers)

To provide technical assistance and training services to school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to cope with educational problems occasioned by race, sex, religion, and national origin desegregation.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Funds supported one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.

Fiscal Year 2017: Funds will support one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.

Fiscal Year 2018: Funds will support one Equity Assistance Center in each of 4 geographic regions.


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Metropolitan State University Of Denver $ 4,869,103   2016-10-012019-09-30
Mid-atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. $ 4,820,248   2016-10-012019-09-30
Intercultural Development Research Association $ 5,015,280   2016-10-012019-09-30
Trustees Of Indiana University $ 4,908,710   2016-10-012019-09-30
Touro College $ 2,917,297   2011-10-012016-12-31
Trustees Of Indiana University $ 3,494,485   2011-10-012016-12-30
Brown University In Providence In The State Of Rhode Island And Providence Plantations $ 2,681,761   2011-10-012016-09-30
Kansas State University $ 3,308,307   2011-10-012016-09-30
Southeastern Equity Alliance, Inc. $ 3,561,587   2011-10-012016-09-30
Wested $ 3,765,181   2011-10-012016-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds support Equity Assistance Centers to provide technical assistance and training, upon request, in the areas of race, sex, religion, and national origin to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies to promote equitable education opportunities.

The centers work in the areas of civil rights and equity.

This assistance helps schools and communities ensure that equitable education opportunities are available and accessible for all children.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any private, nonprofit organization or any public agency (other than a State educational agency or school board) may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Educational personnel and elementary and secondary students in local school districts benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 3474, 2 CFR 3485, 34 CFR 270, and the Education Department General Education Regulations in 34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84,86, 97, 98, and 99 apply to this program. Applications or proposals must be prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable program announcements.

Award Procedures

After completion of competitive peer review of applications, the Department makes the final decision on the approval and funding of applications.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IV, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 30 to 90 Days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Equity assistance centers receive awards for multi-year project periods if they meet the criteria for annual continuation in the regulations. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will generally be made for a period of 60 months. Funds are appropriated on an annual basis. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Post-award reporting requirements are in accordance with ED General Administrative Regulations for Direct Project and Contract Programs, 34 CFR 75.720 and Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, 2 CFR 200.327-200.329.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Specific progress reporting requirements are included in grant award documents.

Specific expenditure reporting requirements are included in grant award documents.

Specific performance reporting requirements are included in grant award documents.

Audits

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.

Records

In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, as well as 75.730-732: and 2 CFR 200.333, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-1000-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $6,575,000; FY 17 est $6,575,000; and FY 18 est $6,563,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 16, $1,632,824 average. In FY 17, $1,636,251 average. In FY 18, $1,633,251 average.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations applicable to this program are 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 3474, 2 CFR 3485, 2 CFR 180, 34 CFR 270, and the Education Department General Education Regulations in 34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

David Cantrell School Support and Rural Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. LBJ Bldg., Room 3E204, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: david.cantrell@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-5990

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

New equity assistance center applications are evaluated on the basis of selection criteria from 34 CFR 75.210, addressing significance, quality of project services, quality of project design, quality of project personnel, adequacy of resources, and quality of project evaluation. The highest-ranking application for each geographical service area was selected for an award. The competition was conducted in FY16.



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