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This equity program combines mathematics with agriculture and environmental sciences to engage students in learning. A new class, Environmental Measurements, drew students with its opportunities to use GIS and GPS technology while learning math. Students were given scholarships to make attending college possible. The project director took several of his students to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society where they learned about career opportunities and degree options at 4-year programs.

The Tribal Colleges Endowment Fund benefits the 1994 land-grant institutions by promoting capacity development in teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences. The Tribal Colleges Endowment Fund, as a teaching capacity development program, is a companion program of the Tribal Colleges Equity Grants Program. It differs primarily from the Equity Grants Program in two (2) respects, namely:

Endowment funds may be escrowed indefinitely and used for major obligations relating to the allowable activities.

As of October 1, 2001, Endowment funds also may be used for facility renovation, repair, construction. and maintenance in support of and in addition to the six (6) targeted areas of support listed below.

The project director used Equity money primarily for recruitment and retention. The college learning center services students and helps them succeed in the 10 classes in math and science offered by the college. Two camps were held summer science and science, technology, math and engineering.

Interest distribution from an endowed corpus based on a formula specific to this legislation.

The project director met with North Dakota State University faculty to create courses in plant sciences and natural resource management. The new courses will be included in the 2012 class schedule, and add more classes will be added annually to form degree and certification programs.

The legislation designates that the interest from the endowment funds benefit the 1994 land-Grant institutions by supporting teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in the target areas of: 1) Curricula design and instructional materials 2) Faculty development and preparation for teaching 3) Instruction delivery systems 4) Student experiential learning 5) Equipment & instrumentation for teaching 6) Student recruitment and retention

The project director used Equity money in an innovative fashion, expanding environmental science education across a student body of a school that is primarily arts-based. Students from every major were given the opportunity to participate in community gardens, recycling efforts and other conservation projects throughout the campus. This increased scientific literacy among the liberal art students and provided the science students innovative ideas on how to express scientific concepts to a lay audience. Fiscal Year 2012: This is an continuation, so the projects will not change significantly until 2014. Fiscal Year 2013: This is an continuation, so the projects will not change significantly until 2014. CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).

Additionally, endowment funds released on or after October 1, 2001, also may be used for facility renovation, repair, construction and maintenance to support teaching programs in the food and agriculture sciences in addition to the above six (6) areas, to support the land-grant mission. Interest distribution from an endowed corpus based on a formula specific to this legislation.

Distribution funds received prior to October, 2001 may not be used for new construction.

Institutions that intend to use their Endowment Funds for new construction should submit their plans to USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Multicultural Alliances for approval. Institutions that list plans for new construction in their Planning Document will be sent specific guidelines.

10.222 TRIBAL COLLEGES ENDOWMENT PROGRAM Tribal Colleges Endowment Program aka 1994 Institutions Endowment Program FEDERAL AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture AUTHORIZATION: Title V, Part C of the Improving Americas Schools Act of 1994, Public law 103-382 (October 20, 1994), 7 U.S.C. 301 note, as amended; Public Law 105-185, cited as Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, (hereafter referred to as the Act) provides that certain tribal colleges, designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, (hereafter referred to as LGIS) receive various benefits., 7 U.S.C 301 note. OBJECTIVES: To enhance educational opportunities at the thirty-four (34) Land Grant Institutions by strengthening their teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in targeted need areas.

Section 7402 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246), amends Section 534(a)(3) of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note: Public Law 103-382) to require that all eligible recipients of the 1994 Institutions Endowment Fund meet certain accreditation requirements in order to receive interest distributions from that fund. Those LGIs that do not meet these requirements will have their share of funds redistributed to those 1994 institutions which meet accreditation requirements. Applicant Eligibility: Eligibility is defined by legislation. An institution must be an accredited 1994 Land Grant Institution with current accreditation from a recognized accreditation organization.

The legislation designates that the interest from the endowment funds benefit

shares.

Section 7402 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246), amends Section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note: Public Law 103-382) by adding at the end the following: (34) Ilisagvik College.

Interest distributions are made on an annual basis.

The interest earned from the endowment corpus is distributed to each 1994 Institution based on a 60-40 percentage formula:

The complete listing of 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (LGIS) is as follows:

60 percent (60%) is based on the number of American Indian students enrolled (based on the annual Student Indian Count as defined in Section 390(3) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act) will be furnished to the agency by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium - AIHEC) and

40 percent (40%) on an equal base formula.

The computation is made by NIFA and a letter of notification is sent to each 1994 institution President.

Bay Mills Community College, Blackfeet Community College, Cankdeska
Cikana Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, College of the
Menominee Nation, D-Q University,
Dine College, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Fort Belknap
College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College,
Haskell Indian Nations University, Ilisagvik College , Institute of American
Indian Arts, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Big Horn College,
Little Priest Tribal College, Navajo Technical College, Nebraska Indian
Community College, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College,
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Salish Kootenai College, Si Tanka
University, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sitting Bull
College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Stone Child College,
Tohono Oodham Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College,
United Tribes Technical College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community
College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College.
Beneficiary Eligibility:
Eligibility is defined by legislation. An institution must be an accredited 1994
Land Grant Institution with current accreditation from a recognized
accreditation organization.

The Endowment Interest distribution is available to the 1994 Institutions to be drawn down at their discretion through the electronic payment systems of either the Department of Health and Human Services (PMS) or through the Treasury ASAP system.

Upon notification of their annual distribution, 1994s are required to submit a Planning Document (subject to approval) on how their Endowment funds will

be spent.

Section 7402 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246), amends Section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note: Public Law 103-382) by adding at the end the following: (34) Ilisagvik College.

The complete listing of 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (LGIS) is as follows:

Deadlines:
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals:
Not Applicable.
Renewals:
Not applicable, each year of funding is awarded as a new grant.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
Statutory Formula: Title Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994,
Public Law 103-382. Title V, Part C of the Improving Americas Schools Act
of 1994, Public law 103-382 (October 20, 1994), 7 U.S.C. 301 note, as
amended; Public Law 105-185, cited as Equity in Educational Land-Grant
Status Act of 1994, (hereafter referred to as the Act) provides that certain
tribal colleges, designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions ereafter
referred to as LGIS) receive various benefits.
This program has no matching requirements. 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:
Interest distributions are made on an annual basis.

Bay Mills Community College, Blackfeet Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, College of the Menominee Nation, D-Q University, Dine College, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Ilisagvik College , Institute of American Indian Arts, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Big Horn College, Little Priest Tribal College, Navajo Technical College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Salish Kootenai College, Si Tanka University, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sitting Bull College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Stone Child College, Tohono Oodham Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College, United Tribes Technical College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College. Credentials/Documentation: No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. Preapplication Coordination: Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Application Procedures: OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. There is no application process. Please refer to Section :093 for specific details regarding the Award Procedure. Award Procedure: On the termination of each fiscal year, the Secretary of Agriculture withdraws the earned interest from the Endowment fund and distributes it to the 1994s on a pro rata basis. The pro rata basis formula is as follows: 60 percent is based on the Indian student count for each institution; 40 percent is distributed in equal

The Endowment Interest distribution is no-year funds and can be used or held indefinitely. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Reports: 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.

As part of its oversight and accountability responsibilities, NIFA requires that the following documents be submitted by September 30 of each year or within 90 days after having received the interest distribution notification:

Planning Document College intent to utilize the Endowment Funds (Institutions are encouraged to engage in long-range planning and the sharing of ideas within the Tribal College Community.)

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Further, the reports are required to keep Congress informed of progress and accomplishments regarding the utilization of the Endowment funds. NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash. 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.

Further, the reports are required to keep Congress informed of progress and accomplishments regarding the utilization of the Endowment funds. Audits:

As part of its oversight and accountability responsibilities, NIFA requires that the following documents be submitted by September 30 of each year or within 90 days after having received the interest distribution notification:

Planning Document College intent to utilize the Endowment Funds (Institutions are encouraged to engage in long-range planning and the sharing of ideas within the Tribal College Community.)

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:

Annual Technical/Progress Report How funds were spent over the past year and any impact of those funds.

Annual SF-425, Federal Financial Report, per Agency instructions.

SPECIAL NOTE:
Specific and detailed guidance regarding the format and content of the Planning
Document and Annual Technical/Progress Report accompany the annual
Interest Distribution letters which are sent to the Presidents of each 1994
Land-Grant Institution.

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10.223 HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTIONS EDUCATION GRANTS

HSI Grants

FEDERAL AGENCY:

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture

3. Use of Funds for Facilities Under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program, the use of grant funds to plan, acquire, or construct a building or facility is not allowed. With prior approval, 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 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 incidental to the major purpose for which a grant is issued.

AUTHORIZATION:

This program is administered under the provisions of section 1455 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3241) pursuant to section 815 of Public Law 104-127 and Public Law 110-246. Section 1455 of NARETPA, as reauthorized by section 7128 of Public Law 110-246, provides the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to make competitive grants (or grants without regard to any requirement for competition) to Hispanic-Serving Institutions for the purpose of promoting and strengthening the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs., 7 U.S.C 3241.

4. Indirect Costs 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 percent of total Federal funds awarded. Fully discretionary. Applicant Eligibility: Hispanic serving institutions are eligible to receive funds under this program. "Hispanic serving institutions" means an institution of higher education which, at the time of application, has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students, and which (1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such certificate;

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this program is to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. These programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional work force. Grants under this program will be awarded to:

(1) support the activities of consortia of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to enhance educational equity for underrepresented students;

(2) is a public or other nonprofit institutions accreditted by a nationally recognized accrediting body; and

(2) strengthen institutional educational capacities including libraries, curriculum, faculty, scientific instrumentation, instruction delivery systems, and student recruitment and retention, in order to respond to identified State, regional, national, or international educational needs in the food and agricultural sciences;

(3) is legally authorized to provide a program of education beyond the secondary level for which a 2-year associate, baccalaureate, or higher degree is awarded. Applications may be submitted by, and awards may only be made to, public or other non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions as defined in the definitions section of this solicitation. For the purposes of this program, the individual branches of a State university system or public system of higher education that are separately accredited as degree granting institutions are treated as separate institutions eligible for awards. Accreditation much be by an agency or association recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Institutions also must be legally authorized to offer at least a

(3) attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States, beginning with the mentoring of students at the high school level and continuing with the

Grants.gov website. Respective links are provided below: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov

two-year program of study creditable toward an associate's or bachelor's degree. Separate branches or campuses of a college or university that are not individually accreditted as degree granting institutions are not treated as separate institutions. To be eligible for competitive consideration for an award under this program, a Hispanic-Serving Institution must at the time of application: (1) certify that it has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students; and

(2) provide assurances that not less than 50 percent of the institution's Hispanic students are low-income individuals as defined in the definitions section of this solicitation.

Section :095 - Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
From 30 to 180 days.
Appeals:
Not Applicable.
Renewals:
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal
year.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Funds are awarded competitively.
No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural
Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e).

Beneficiary Eligibility: Hispanic serving institutions, as identified above, are eligible to receive funds under this program. Credentials/Documentation: No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. Preapplication Coordination: All 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. 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 are 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. 1613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are 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 are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA.

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: The term of competitive project grants and/or cooperative agreements under this program may not exceed three (3) years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Reports: 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. Cash reports are not applicable. 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. 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).

Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (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.

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:

Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA.

Deadlines:

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application
deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
Section :094 - Deadlines:
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

In accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and

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