American History and Civics Education

The program supports two types of grants: American History and Civics Academies grants and National Activities grants.
American History and Civics Academies grants support the establishment of: (1) Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for
both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history and civics (Presidential Academies); and (2) Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics that provide high school students with opportunities to develop a broader and deeper understanding of these subjects (Congressional Academies).


National Activities grants promote new and existing evidence-based strategies to encourage innovative American history, civics and government, and geography instruction, learning strategies, and professional development activities and programs for teachers, principals, and other school leaders, particularly for low-income students and underserved populations.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
California State University Fresno Foundation Inc $ 1,704,047   2017-10-012022-09-30
Gilder Lehrman Institute Of American History, The $ 1,909,511   2017-10-012020-09-30
Kentucky Educational Development Finance Corporation $ 1,751,759   2016-10-012019-10-01
Center For Civic Education $ 589,820   2018-10-012019-09-30
Kentucky Educational Development Finance Corporation $ 698,899   2018-10-012019-09-30
University Of Wisconsin System $ 526,281   2018-10-012019-09-30
University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The $ 679,090   2018-10-012019-09-30
Kentucky Educational Development Finance Corporation $ 891,452   2018-10-012019-09-30
$ 0   
$ 0   



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

American History and Civics Academies funds are to be used to provide intensive workshops for teachers and students.

Funds must be used to provide stipends to participants and may be used for a range of other activities including providing salaries for project staff including project directors, evaluators, core teachers and support staff, as well as rental expenses at the academy sites.

Funds may not be used for construction.

Competitions are announced in the Federal Register.

Specific limitations and restrictions for each competition are provided in the Federal Register notice. National Activities funds must be used to develop, implement, expand, evaluate, and disseminate for voluntary use, innovative, evidence-based approaches or professional development programs in American history, civics and government, and geography that: (i) show potential to improve the quality of student achievement in, and teaching of, American history, civics and government, or geography, in elementary schools and secondary schools; and (ii) demonstrate innovation, scalability, accountability, and a focus on underserved populations.

Funds may be used for: (i) hands-on civic engagement activities for teachers and students; and (ii ) programs that educate students about the history and principles of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights. Funds may not be used for construction.

Funds are subject to supplement, not supplant provisions.

Competitions are announced in the Federal Register.

Specific limitations and restrictions for each competition are provided in the Federal Register notice.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

None.

Beneficiary Eligibility

None.

Credentials/Documentation

OMB Circular No. A21; OMB Circular No. A-122. 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.

Award Procedures

Awards are competitively selected following review by nonfederal experts in accordance with Subpart D of Part 75 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title II, Part B, Subpart 3, 20 U.S.C 6713.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant program (see 34 CFR 75.253). Projects may be awarded for up to 5 years. Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if: sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in the meeting of the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 100%. A grantee must provide for project activities an amount from non-Federal sources equal to 100 percent of the grant amount. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made annually. Following an initial, competitively selected award, additional non-competing continuation awards may be made. The possible length of the project is announced in the application notice in the Federal Register. 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

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Annual expenditure reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED524B.

Annual performance reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B.

Staff also monitors grants drawdowns using agency financial reports.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of form ED524B.

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

As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR part 75). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of 5 years after completion.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0204-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $1,815,000; FY 17 est $3,515,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

American History and Civics Academies: Anticipated range of awards is $300,000-$700,000 per year. National Activities: Anticipated range of awards is $200,000-$700,000 per year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, A-122, and A-133.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Christine Miller Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ Building, Room 4W205,, Washington, District of Columbia 20202-5960 Email: christine.miller@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-7350

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria for these programs are contained in Section 75.210 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). The specific criteria to be used for particular grant competitions are announced in the application package or application notice in the Federal Register. Contact the agency for more information.



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