[Federal Register: March 12, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 48)]
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Part III

Department of Education

Strengthening Institutions Program; New Awards for Fiscal Year 1997; 

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[CFDA NO: 84.031A]

Strengthening Institutions Program; New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 1997

    Purpose of Program: This program provides grants to eligible 
institutions of higher education to improve their academic quality, 
institutional management, and fiscal stability so they can become self-
    Applicant Information: The Secretary announces that he will make 
new awards under the Strengthening Institutions Program with Fiscal 
Year 1997 funds from among the highest-ranked unfunded applications 
that were submitted under the Strengthening Institutions Program 
biennial grant award competition for Fiscal Years 1995 and 1996. Thus, 
the Secretary will award grants to eligible institutions that submitted 
the highest-rated unfunded applications under that competition. This 
funding procedure will carry out the original intent of the biennial 
award process announced in the Federal Register of March 5, 1995 (60 FR 
12543). The Department will soon contact by telephone those 
institutions being considered for new awards.

    The Department developed the biennial award process to allow an 
institution to submit one grant application that could be considered 
for funding over two successive funding cycles, thereby eliminating the 
need for an institution to generate and submit a second application. 
However, this process was not implemented during FY 1996, the second 
year of the biennium, because the Strengthening Institutions Program 
appropriation for that year was insufficient to make new awards.
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Louis J. Venuto, U.S. Department of Education, 
600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Portals Building, Suite CY-80, 
Washington, D.C. 20202-5335. Telephone: (202) 708-8839. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including 
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can 
be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), 
telephone (202) 260-9950; on the Internet Gopher Server (at gopher://
gcs.ed.gov); or on the World Wide Web (at http://gcs.ed.gov). However, 
the official application notice for a discretionary grant competition 
is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1057.

    Dated: March 6, 1997.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 97-6096 Filed 3-11-97; 8:45 am]