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(SF-269) or Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is due within 90 days of the expiration date of the grant and should be submitted to the Awards Management Branch, Office of Extramural Programs at the address listed below, in accordance with instructions contained in 2 CFR 3430.55 (also refer to Section 3015.82 of the Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations).

Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986. Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFAs electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions. Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established in the revised OMB Circular No. A-133 and implemented in 7 CFR 3052. This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General. Records: In accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit Organizations [2 CFR 215, Subpart C, Section 215.53, (OMB Circular A-110)] grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least 3 years. Records must be retained beyond the 3-year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. Account Identification: 12-1500-0-1-352. Obligations: (Project Grants) FY 11 $1,174,970; FY 12 est $940,129; and FY 13 est $1,157,325 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.

Food Science and Human Nutrition Training;
Agrosecurity Science Training; and
Agricultural Education. Fiscal Year 2012: The FY '12 RFA is still pending. It
is anticipated that approximately 35 applications will be submitted and 7
projects will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2013: It is anticipated that approximately
35 applications will be submitted and 7 projects will be awarded.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
7 CFR Part 3430, Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Grant
Programs General Grant Administrative Provisions and Program-Specific
Administrative Provisions; 7 CFR Part 3015, USDA Uniform Federal
Assistance Regulations; 7 CFR Part 3017, Government wide Debarment and
Suspension (Nonprocurement); 7 CFR Part 3018, New Restrictions on
Lobbying; 7 CFR Part 3019, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants
and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other
Non-profit Organizations; and 7 CFR Part 3021 USDA implementation of
Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-free Workplace (Financial
Assistance).
Regional or Local Office:
None.
Headquarters Office:
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and
Community, Division of Community and Education, 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-2250
Phone: (202) 720-2324 Fax: (202) 720-2030
Website Address:
http://www.nifa.usda.gov/
RELATED PROGRAMS:
10.210 Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship
Grants; 10.216 1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants; 10.217 Higher
Education Challenge Grants
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Fiscal Year 2011: Projects were funded in the following program areas of
emphasis:
Agricultural Sciences and Engineering;
Agricultural Education;
Food Science and Human Nutrition Training;
Human Sciences Training; and
Natural Resource Sciences Training.

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This program represents no year funds.

Funding for the Multicultural Scholars program is no-year money. The FY 2010 amount includes carryover funds. Range and Average of Financial Assistance: If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive project grant or cooperative agreement are established, these will be announced in the annual program announcement or Request for Application (RFA). PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Fiscal Year 2011: In FY 2011, 33 applications were received for consideration. The success rate was 30%.

Supported projects advance national STEM education achievement by supporting students representing a multicultural pool of graduates entering the future food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce; support Americas academic competitiveness in STEM by supporting scholarships in D.V.M. and/or undergraduate degree level training grounded in curricula to advance food and agricultural sciences; increase the number of qualified students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups pursuing undergraduate/D.V.M. degrees in training programs that have the highest chance for success; and enhance workforce diversity in STEM fields by supporting experiential learning opportunities of MSP Scholars in the public and private sectors. Further information is available at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/multiculturalscholars.cfm. Fiscal Year 2012: The FY '12 RFA is still pending. Pertinent details will be provided by Program at a future date. Fiscal Year 2013: Pertinent details will be provided by Program at a future date. CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).

Ten proposals were funded, yielding a total of 58 scholarships and 40 special experiential learning opportunities for students.

Applications addressed the following Program Areas of Emphasis:
Veterinary Medicine;
Agricultural Sciences and Engineering;
Natural Resource Sciences Training;
Human Sciences Training;

10.221 TRIBAL COLLEGES EDUCATION EQUITY GRANTS
Higher Education Native American Formula and/or Higher Education Native
American Institutions
FEDERAL AGENCY:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
AUTHORIZATION:

percent of total Federal funds awarded.

Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institutions official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded.

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Authority for the Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants (TCEG) program is contained in the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note) as amended by the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7601 note). Appropriated funds are to be awarded to the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (hereinafter referred to as 1994 Institutions) for Education capacity building and funds are to be distributed equally among institutions that meet eligibility requirements., 7 U.S.C 301 note. OBJECTIVES: This grants program is designed to promote and strengthen higher education instruction in the food and agricultural sciences at the 33 Tribal Colleges designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions in the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended. Plans of Work should focus on undergraduate and/or graduate studies in the food and agricultural sciences in one or more of the following areas: Curricula Design and Materials Development, Faculty Development and Preparation for Teaching, Instruction Delivery Systems, Student Experiential Learning, Equipment and Instrumentation for Teaching, or Student Recruitment and Retention.

Indirect costs for the Equity program are not required and a 1994 institution may take less than the allowable amount or forego indirect costs altogether adjust budgets accordingly.

Neither research nor extension projects are supported under the TCEG Program.

The use of grant funds to plan, acquire, or construct a building or facility is not allowed under this program. With prior approval, and in accordance with the cost principles set forth in OMB Circular No. A-21, some grant funds may be used for minor alterations, renovations, or repairs deemed necessary to retrofit existing teaching or research spaces in order to carry out a funded project. However, requests to use grant funds for such purposes must demonstrate that the alterations, renovations, or repairs are essential to achieving the major purpose of the project.

Grant funds may not be used for endowment investing.

The purpose of the TCEG Program is to provide funding to enhance educational opportunities for Native Americans in the food and agricultural sciences. The TCEG program is intended to strengthen institutional capacity to deliver relevant formal education opportunities. The TCEG is intended to be a component of the applicant 1994 institutions land grant roadmap or strategic planning process. To the extent practicable, priorities should reflect the following national critical needs areas: 1. Sustainable energy 2. Global food security and hunger 3. Climate change 4. Nutrition and preventing childhood obesity 5. Food safety 6. Sustainable rural economies

Special Notices: 1. NIFA will withhold all funds for a TCEG award to an applicant requesting

a indirect costs if the applicant has not negotiated an indirect cost rate with its cognizant federal agency.

2. If a grantee is in the process of negotiating an indirect cost rate with its federal agency, NIFA will withhold all funds from that grantee until the indirect cost rate has been established.

Awards are made upon approval of each institutions application for a grant that relate to an institutions long-range goals. As indicated in Part 1, C. of the RFA, an application may address one (1) or more of the following program

3. If an institutions indirect cost rate has expired or will expire in the near future, a clear statement on renegotiation efforts must be included in the application. (See Part IV, B.5. of the RFA - Budget Justification.)

areas:

Curricula Design and Materials Development
Faculty Development and Preparation for Teaching
Instruction Delivery Systems
Student Experiential Learning
Equipment and Instrumentation for Teaching
Student Recruitment and Retention

4. It is incumbent on all applicants to have a current indirect cost rate or begin negotiations to establish an indirect cost rate prior to the TCEG submission deadline. Because it may take several months to obtain an indirect cost rate, applicants needing an indirect cost rate are encouraged to start work on establishing these rates well in advance of submitting a TCEG application.

5. In lieu of requesting indirect costs (if the applicant does not have a negotiated rate), an applicant may prepare a budget in which all charges in the budget are included as direct costs.

Recognizing that strengthening instructional programs is a long-term ongoing process, the TCEG program is interested in funding subsequent phases of previously funded projects in order to strengthen institutional capacity, and institutions are encouraged to build on a theme over several grant awards to reach institutional long-range goals. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE: Project Grants USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS: The Tribal College Equity Program (TCEG) provides funds to enhance educational opportunities for Native Americans by strengthening instructional programs in the food and agricultural sciences at the thirty four (34) tribal colleges designated as the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (hereinafter referred to as 1994 Institutions).

NIFA does not require matching support for this program. Fully discretionary. Applicant Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by any of the Tribal colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions under the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended. This Act, as amended in Section 533(a), requires that each 1994 Land-Grant Institution be accredited or making progress towards accreditation and be recognized as a legal entity. If accreditation is being sought, a college must demonstrate its progress towards accreditation by a letter from a nationally recognized accreditation agency affirming receipt of application for an accreditation site visit or other such documentation. . An applicants failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of an application deadline will result in NIFA returning the application without review or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of project goals and objectives. Beneficiary Eligibility: The 1994 Institutions--Bay Mills Community College, Black feet Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Cheyenne River Community

Under this authority, appropriated funds are to be awarded to the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (hereinafter referred to as 1994 Institutions) for Education capacity building and funds are to be distributed equally among institutions that meet eligibility requirements. Funding Restrictions:

Section 720 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub.L. No. 112-55) limits indirect costs to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award. Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institutions official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30

deadlines.

College, Dine Community College, D-Q University, Dull knife Memorial College, Fond Du Lac Community College, Fort Belknap Community College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, LacCourte Orielles Ojibwa Community College, Little Big Horn Community College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Salish Kootenai College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Stone child Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College, United Tribes Technical College, Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, Institute of American Indian Arts, Crown point Institute of Technology, Haskell Indian Nations University, Leech Lake Tribal College, College of the Menominee Nation; and Little Priest Tribal College.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
From 30 to 60 days. Dates for specific deadlines are announced in the RFA
each fiscal year.
Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the
Grants.gov website.

Respective links are provided below: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. Appeals: Not Applicable.

Credentials/Documentation:

Renewals:

Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal

year.

No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. Preapplication Coordination: All Requests for Applications (RFAs) are published on the Agencys website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Formula and Matching Requirements: Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. There is no statutory formula for this program. However, appropriated funds are to be awarded to the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (hereinafter referred to as 1994 Institutions) for Education capacity building and funds are to be distributed equally among institutions that meet eligibility requirements. Equity Funds for ineligible 1994 institutions or of those who fail to apply by the application submission date will be redistributed equally among the remaining eligible 1994 institutions.

Application Procedures:

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via Grants.gov.

Award Procedure:

Applications were subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who were specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications were judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. This information collection is approved under OMB Control No. 0524-0039, NIFA Application Kit for Research and Extension Programs.

NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Under this RFA, only new applications for four-year continuation awards may be submitted to the TCEG Program. These are project applications not previously submitted to TCEG. All new applications will be reviewed by a review panel using the process and criteria described in Part V of the RFA Application Review Requirements. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Reports:

Award Terms and Conditions:

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(e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and

(f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application.

The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.1) a comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period; 2) if established goals were not met, the reasons 3) documentation of outputs; i.e., significant activities, including dissemination activities, events, services or products that contribute toward achieving the goals and objectives of the project 4) outcomes/impacts; i.e., a change in knowledge, actions or conditions; 5) any other indication of increased capacity for carrying out the land grant mission

Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA.

Deadlines:

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

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A final Financial Status Report (SF-269) or Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is due within 90 days of the expiration date of the grant and should be submitted to the address listed below, in accordance with instructions contained in 2 CFR 3430.55 (also refer to Section 3015.82 of the Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations).

Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986. NIFA uses SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash. Award Terms and Conditions: Awards are accompanied by provisions including Terms and Conditions for the funded project. Grantees must stay informed and guided by the Terms and Conditions of the award regarding required reports, program/project data collection, program income, release of information, sharing of findings, data, and other project products, patents, inventions, copyrights, etc.

Awards Management Division (AMD)
Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
STOP 2271
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2271
Telephone: (202) 401-4986

Are cash reports required?

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to apply by the application submission date will be redistributed equally among the remaining eligible 1994 institutions.

Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFAs electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

Under this RFA, only new applications for four-year continuation awards may be submitted to the TCEG Program. These are project applications not previously submitted to TCEG. All new applications will be reviewed by a review panel using the process and criteria described in Part V of the RFA Application Review Requirements.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Fiscal Year 2011: For the FY 2011 award cycle, $ 3,335,000 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

Annual Performance Report: Annual performance reports are due 30 days after the anniversary date of the award must include the following information: 1) a comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period; 2) if established goals were not met, the reasons 3) documentation of outputs; i.e., significant activities, including dissemination activities, events, services or products that contribute toward achieving the goals and objectives of the project 4) outcomes/impacts; i.e., a change in knowledge, actions or conditions; 5) any other indication of increased capacity for carrying out the land grant mission

A total of 31 applications requesting a total $2,906,250 were received. The Equity grant program is in continuation, so no competition was held. Award funds are distributed equally among participating schools, per legislation. In 2011, one 1994 Land Grant did not participate in Equity funding. The remaining money was distributed among the participating schools. Thus each school received $107,590.

Final Technical Report: A final technical report must be submitted 90 days after the expiration date of the project. The expiration date is specified in the award documents and modifications thereto, if any. Generally, the final technical report should be a summary of the completed project, including: 1. A review of project objectives and accomplishments; 2. A description of outcomes resulting from the project and activities undertaken to disseminate these outcomes; 3. An explanation of partnerships and collaborative ventures that resulted from the project, including future initiatives that are planned as a result of the project;

Funds were available to support many types of projects. Often, the funding will cover many areas of study in combination to provide more students an opportunity for experiential learning. The most common subject areas were: Agricultural Social Sciences: 15 percent, Environmental Science Management: 12 percent; and conservation, human nutrition, and Family and Consumer Science at slightly over 10 percent.

The funding ratio for this program in FY11 was 100 percent of requests received in accordance with legislation.

4. A description of the projects impact on the PD(s), the institution(s) involved, and the community; 5. Any pertinent data on project personnel and beneficiaries. The final technical report also must contain any other information specified in the terms and conditions of the award.

Funded projects should address one or more of the following educational strategies: Curricula Design and Materials Development Faculty Development and Teacher Preparation Student Experiential Learning Equipment and Instrumentation for Teaching Student Recruitment and Retention. Fiscal Year 2012: This grant program is under a four-year continuation cycle. Therefore, the programs and the funding distribution will be similar to that of FY 2011. Fiscal Year 2013: This grant program will be in its final year of a four-year continuation cycle. Therefore, the programs and the funding distribution will be similar to that of FY 2011.

Audits:

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Records:

7 CFR Part 3430, Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-Formula Federal Assistance Programs General Award Administrative Provisions and Program-Specific Administrative Provisions; 7 CFR Part 3015, USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations; 7 CFR Part 3017, Government wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) ; 7 CFR Part 3018, New Restrictions on Lobbying; 7 CFR Part 3019, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-profit Organizations; and 7 CFR Part 3021 USDA implementation of Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-free Workplace (Financial Assistance).

In accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit Organizations [2 CFR 215, Subpart C, Section 215.53, (OMB Circular A-110)] grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least 3 years. Records must be retained beyond the 3-year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved.

Regional or Local Office:

None.

Headquarters Office:

Account Identification:

12-1500-0-1-352.

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, Division of Community and Education, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2250 Phone: (202) 720-2324 Fax: (202) 720-2030.

Website Address:

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/

RELATED PROGRAMS:

Obligations: (Project Grants) FY 11 $3,335,316; FY 12 est $3,335,000; and FY 13 est $3,335,000 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years. Range and Average of Financial Assistance: Appropriated funds are to be awarded to the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (hereinafter referred to as 1994 Institutions) for Education capacity building and funds are to be distributed equally among institutions that meet eligibility requirements. Equity Funds for ineligible 1994 institutions or of those who fail

10.222 Tribal Colleges Endowment Program; 10.500 Cooperative Extension Service

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2011: The project director used Equity funding to move to a 4-year degree program in agricultural science. For the first time the Tribal College was

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