[Federal Register: May 30, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 104)]
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Part V

Department of Education


Community Technology Centers Program Grant; Notice

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[CFDA No. 84.341A]

Community Technology Centers Program Grant; Notice Inviting 
Project Applications for One-Year Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2001

    Note to Applicants: This notice is a complete application package. 
Together with the statute authorizing these grants and the Education 
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), this notice 
contains all of the information, application forms, and instructions 
needed to apply for a grant under this competition. These grants are 
authorized by Title III, section 3122 of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Improving America's 
Schools Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 6832).
    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Community Technology Centers 
program is to promote the use of technology in education through the 
development of model programs that demonstrate the educational 
effectiveness of technology in low-income or economically-distressed 
urban and rural communities.
    Eligible Applicants: State and local educational agencies, tribal 
governments, colleges, institutions of higher education, libraries, 
museums and other public and private nonprofit or for-profit agencies 
and organizations are eligible to receive grants under this program. A 
group of eligible entities is also eligible to receive a grant if the 
group follows the procedures for group applications in 34 CFR 75.127-
129 of EDGAR.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 16, 2001.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 28, 2001.
    Estimated Available Funds: $32,275,750.
    Cost Share Requirement: Recipients of the one-year grants under the 
program must share in the cost of the activities assisted under the 
grant. Grant recipients must make available non-Federal contributions 
in cash or in kind, as authorized under section 3122(d) of ESEA, of 30 
percent of the cost of activities assisted under the grant.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $75,000--$300,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $180,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 170 to 190.
    Project Period: Not to exceed 12 months.

    Note: The Department of Education is not bound by any estimates 
in this notice.

    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 85, 86, 97, 98 and 99.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A recent GAO report (Telecommunications: 
Characteristics and Choices Of Internet Users, February, 2001) and a 
series of U.S. Department of Commerce studies (Falling Through the Net, 
1995, 1999, 2000) on Americans' access and use of technology show that 
although more Americans now own computers, minority and low-income 
households in inner cities and rural communities are still far less 
likely to have computers or online access to the Internet and know how 
to use advanced technology than users of more affluent households. 
Although the numbers of Americans who have access to computers and know 
how to use the Internet are increasing, the recent reports show that 
the ``digital divide'' persists for low-income, minorities and non-
English speaking children and adults. In response, community technology 
centers have been established to enhance educational and employment 
opportunities by making computers and informational technology more 
accessible and to provide related learning services to children and 
adults in low-income, urban and rural communities.

Description of Program

    The Community Technology Centers program for fiscal year 2001 
provides support for access to computers and technology and technology-
based educational learning activities for adults and children in low-
income communities who otherwise would lack that access to computers 
and informational technology. The program is authorized under section 
3122 of ESEA. Under section 3122, the Secretary may carry out a variety 
of activities that promote the use of technology in education. These 
activities include the development of model programs, such as community 
technology centers, that demonstrate the educational effectiveness of 
technology in urban and rural areas and economically distressed 
communities. Under the Community Technology Centers program, the 
Secretary will award one-year grants to establish or expand community 
technology centers to provide technology-based learning services for 
individuals in economically distressed urban and rural communities.
    Applicants under this program are encouraged to provide educational 
services and programming activities around access to and use of 
computers and information technology for local community residents, in 
areas such as:
    1. Adult Education and Family Literacy, including GED, English 
language instruction, and adult basic education classes or programs, 
introduction to computers, intergenerational activities, and lifelong 
learning opportunities through technology and the Internet.
    2. After-school Activities for children of all ages to use software 
that provides homework help and academic enrichment, exploration of the 
Internet, and multimedia activities, including web page design and 
    3. Career Development and Job Preparation, such as computer skills 
training (basic and advanced), resume writing workshops, and access to 
databases of employment opportunities, career information, and other 
online materials.
    4. Small Business Activities, such as computer-based training for 
basic entrepreneurial skills and electronic commerce, as well as access 
to information on business start-up programs.
    Although a single eligible applicant may apply for a grant, the 
Secretary encourages applications from partnerships that include local 
community organizations or agencies. As indicated in the discussion of 
cost sharing above, recipients of the one-year grants must share in the 
cost of activities assisted under the grants through non-Federal 
contributions. The non-Federal share of activities may be in the form 
of cash or in-kind contributions, fairly valued.

Invitational Priorities

    The Secretary is particularly interested in applications that 
address one or all of the invitational priorities in the next two 
paragraphs. (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1))
    Invitational Priority 1--Projects that demonstrate substantial 
community support of, and commitment to, the community technology 
access center or centers with evidence of community assets that the 
applicant has leveraged or plans to leverage.
    Invitational Priority 2--Projects that exemplify effective 
strategies in overcoming participant retention barriers (such as 
special needs, language proficiency, childcare needs and staff 
development) and best practices for instructing with technology (such 
as computer instruction related to school or work activities, 
encourages collaboration and develops complex thinking skills) to 
improve educational

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and employment outcomes for low-income youth and adults.
    Invitational Priority 3--Projects that use the program funds to 
operate a community technology access center or centers in an 
Empowerment Zone, including a Supplemental Empowerment Zone, in an 
Enterprise Community designated by the United States Department of 
Housing and Urban Development or the United States Department of 
Agriculture, or in an economically-distressed rural community.

    Note: A list of areas that have been designated as Empowerment 
Zones and Enterprise Communities is published at http://


    In addition to definitions in the statute and EDGAR, the following 
definition applies:
    Economically distressed means a county or equivalent division of 
local government of a State in which, according to the most recent 
available data from the United States Bureau of the Census, a 
significant percentage of the residents have an annual income that is 
at or below the poverty level.

Selection Criteria

    (1) The Secretary uses the following selection criteria to evaluate 
applications for grants under this competition. In all instances where 
the word ``project'' appears in the selection criteria, the reference 
to a community technology center should be made.
    (2) The maximum composite score for all of these criteria is 105 
    (3) The maximum score for each criterion and factor is indicated in 
    (a) Meeting the purposes of the authorizing statute. (10 points) 
The Secretary considers how well the project meets the purposes of 
section 3122(a) and (c)(10) of ESEA by developing a model project that 
demonstrates the educational effectiveness of technology and expands 
access to information technology and related services in an 
economically distressed urban or rural community.
    (b) Need for project. (30 points) (1) The Secretary considers the 
need for the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the need for the proposed project, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (i) The magnitude of the need for the services to be provided or 
the activities to be carried out by the proposed project. (15 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the proposed project will focus on serving 
or otherwise addressing the needs of disadvantaged individuals. (15 
    (c) Quality of project design. (20 points) (1) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the design of the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable. 
(10 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the proposed project will establish 
linkages with other appropriate agencies and organizations providing 
services to the target population. (10 points)
    (d) Quality of project personnel. (10 points) (1) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the personnel who will carry out the proposed 
    (2) In determining the quality of project personnel, the Secretary 
considers the extent to which the applicant encourages applications for 
employment from persons who are members of groups that have 
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability.
    (3) In addition, the Secretary considers the qualifications, 
including relevant training and experience, of the project director or 
principal investigator.
    (e) Quality of the management plan. (10 points) (1) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks. (5 points)
    (ii) How the applicant will ensure that a diversity of perspectives 
are brought to bear in the operation of the proposed project, including 
those of parents, teachers, the business community, a variety of 
disciplinary and professional fields, recipients or beneficiaries of 
services, or others, as appropriate. (5 points)
    (f) Adequacy of resources. (15 points) (1) The Secretary considers 
the adequacy of resources for the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The adequacy of support, including facilities, equipment, 
supplies, and other resources, from the applicant organization or the 
lead applicant organization. (5 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the costs are reasonable in relation to 
the number of persons to be served and to the anticipated results and 
benefits. (5 points)
    (iii) The potential for continued support of the project after 
Federal funding ends, including, as appropriate, the demonstrated 
commitment of appropriate entities to such support. (5 points)
    (g) Quality of project evaluation. (10 points) (1) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed 
    (2) In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use 
of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the 
intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and 
qualitative data to the extent possible. (5 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide 
performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward 
achieving intended outcomes. (5 points)

    Note: In accordance with EDGAR 34 CFR 75.590, 80.40, and 80.50. 
Grant recipients must submit a final performance report as a 
condition of the grant that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information on project activities, 
including the recipient's progress in achieving the objectives in 
its approved application.

Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs

    This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order 
12372 (Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs) and the 
regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
    The objective of the Executive order is to foster an 
intergovernmental partnership by relying on State and local processes 
for State and local government coordination and review of proposed 
Federal financial assistance.
    Applicants must contact the appropriate State Single Point of 
Contact (SPOC) to find out about, and to comply with, the State's 
process under Executive Order 12372. Applicants proposing to perform 
activities in more than one State should immediately contact the SPOC 
for each of those States and follow the procedures established in each 
State under the Executive order. If you want to know

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the name and address of any SPOC, you may view the latest SPOC list on 
the OMB Web site at the following address: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
    In States that have not established a process or chosen a program 
for review, State, areawide, regional, and local entities may submit 
comments directly to the Department.
    Any State Process Recommendation and other comments submitted by a 
State Single Point of Contact and any comments from State, areawide, 
regional, and local entities must be mailed or hand-delivered by the 
date indicated in this notice to the following address: The Secretary, 
E.O. 12372-CFDA #84.341A, U.S. Department of Education, Room 7E200, 400 
Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-0125.
    Proof of mailing will be determined on the same basis as 
applications (see 34 CFR 75.102). Recommendations or comments may be 
hand-delivered until 4:30 p.m. (Washington, D.C. time) on the date 
indicated in this notice.

    Note: Please note that the above address is not the same address 
as the one to which the applicant submits its completed application. 
Do not send applications to the above address.

Instructions for Transmittal of Applications

    Some of the procedures in these instructions for transmitting 
applications differ from those in the Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75.102). Under the 
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally 
offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed 
regulations. However, these amendments make procedural changes only and 
do not establish new substantive policy. Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(A), the Secretary has determined that proposed rulemaking is not 

Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of Applications

    The U.S. Department of Education is expanding its pilot project of 
electronic submission of applications to include certain formula grant 
programs, as well as additional discretionary grant competitions. The 
Community Technology Centers Program, CFDA 84.341A, is one of the 
programs included in the pilot project. If you are an applicant under 
the Community Technology Centers Program, you may submit your 
application to us in either electronic or paper format.
    The pilot project involves the use of the Electronic Grant 
Application System (e-APPLICATION, formerly e-GAPS) portion of the 
Grant Administration and Payment System (GAPS). We request your 
participation in this pilot project. We shall continue to evaluate its 
success and solicit suggestions for improvement.
    If you participate in this e-APPLICATION pilot, please note the 
     Your participation is voluntary.
     You will not receive any additional point value or penalty 
because you submit a grant application in electronic or paper format.
     You can submit all documents electronically, including the 
Application for Federal Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
     Fax a signed copy of the Application for Federal 
Assistance (ED 424) after following these steps:
    1. Print ED 424 from the e-APPLICATION system.
    2. Make sure that the institution's Authorizing Representative 
signs this form.
    3. Before faxing this form, submit your electronic application via 
the e-APPLICATION system. You will receive an automatic 
acknowledgement, which will include a PR/Award number (an identifying 
number unique to your application).
    4. Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of ED 
    5. Fax ED 424 to the Application Control Center within three 
working days of submitting your electronic application. We will 
indicate a fax number in e-APPLICATION at the time of your submission.
     We may request that you give us original signatures on all 
other forms at a later date.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the Community 
Technology Centers Program at: http://e-grants.ed.gov
    We have included additional information about the e-APPLICATION 
pilot project (see Parity Guidelines between Paper and Electronic 
Applications) elsewhere in this notice.

Transmittal of Applications

    If an applicant wants to apply for a grant, the applicant must--

(a) If You Submit Your Application Electronically:

    You must submit your grant application through the Internet using 
the software provided on the e-Grants Web site (http://e-grants.ed.gov) 
by 4:30 p.m. (Washington, DC time) on the deadline date. The regular 
hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 
midnight (Washington, DC time) Monday-Friday and 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 
p.m. Saturdays. The system is unavailable on the second Saturday of 
every month, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Please note that on 
Wednesdays the Web site is closed for maintenance at 7:00 p.m. 
(Washington, DC time). If you submit your application through the 
Internet via the e-Grants Web site, you will receive an automatic 
acknowledgment when we receive your application.

(b) If You Send Your Application by Mail

    You must mail the original and two copies of the application on or 
before the deadline date to: U.S. Department of Education, Application 
Control Center, Attention: CFDA #84.341A, Washington, DC 20202-4725.
    You must show one of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service post mark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary.
    If you mail an application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered post mark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.

(c) If You Deliver Your Application by Hand

    You or your courier must hand deliver the original and two copies 
of the application by 4:30 p.m. (Washington, DC time) on or before the 
deadline date to: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control 
Center, Attention: CFDA # 84.341A, Room 3633, Regional Office Building 
3, 7th and D Streets, SW., Washington, DC.
    The Application Control Center accepts application deliveries daily 
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Washington, DC time), except 
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. The Center accepts 
application deliveries through the D Street entrance only. A person 
delivering an application must show identification to enter the 

    Note: (1) The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a 
dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with 
your local post office.

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    (2) If you send your application by mail or deliver it by hand 
or by a courier service, the Application Control Center will mail a 
Grant Application Receipt Acknowledgment to you. If you do not 
receive the notification of application receipt within 15 days from 
the date of mailing the application, you should call the U.S. 
Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 708-
    (3) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 3 of the Application for Federal Education 
Assistance (ED 424; revised November 12, 1999) the CFDA number--and 
suffix letter, if any--of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application.

Parity Guidelines Between Paper & Electronic Applications:

    The Department of Education is expanding the pilot project, which 
began in FY 2000, that allows applicants to use an Internet-based 
electronic system for submitting applications. This competition is 
among those that have an electronic submission option available to all 
applicants. The system, called e-APPLICATION, formerly e-GAPS 
(Electronic Grant Application Package System), allows an applicant to 
submit a grant application to us electronically, using a current 
version of the applicant's Internet browser. To see e-APPLICATION visit 
the following address: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    In an effort to ensure parity and a similar look between 
applications transmitted electronically and applications submitted in 
conventional paper form, e-APPLICATION has an impact on all applicants 
under this competition.
    Users of e-APPLICATION, a data driven system, will be entering data 
on-line while completing their applications. This will be more 
interactive than just e-mailing a soft copy of a grant application to 
us. If you participate in this voluntary pilot project by submitting an 
application electronically, the data you enter online will go into a 
database and ultimately will be accessible in electronic form to our 
    This pilot project is another step in the Department's transition 
to an electronic grant award process. In addition to e-APPLICATION, the 
Department is conducting a limited pilot of electronic peer review (e-
READER) and electronic annual performance reporting (e-REPORTS). To 
help ensure parity and a similar look between electronic and paper 
copies of grant applications, we are asking each applicant that submits 
a paper application to adhere to the following guidelines:
     Submit your application on 8\1/2\" by 11" paper.
     Leave a 1-inch margin on all sides.
     Use consistent font throughout your document. You may also 
use boldface type, underlining, and italics. However, please do not use 
colored text.
     Please use black and white, also, for illustrations, 
including charts, tables, graphs and pictures.
     For the narrative component, your application should 
consist of the number and text of each selection criterion followed by 
the narrative. The text of the selection criterion, if included, does 
not count against any page limitation.
     Place a page number at the bottom right of each page 
beginning with 1; and number your pages consecutively throughout your 

    Note: An applicant who is submitting a paper copy of their 
application may submit information on photostatic copies of the 
application, budget forms, assurances, and certifications as printed 
in this notice in the Federal Register. However, the application 
form, assurances, and certifications must each have an original 
signature. Applicants must submit ONE original signed application, 
including ink signatures on all forms and assurances, and TWO copies 
of the application, one bound and one unbound copy suitable for 
photocopying. Please mark each application as ``original'' or 
``copy''. To aid with the review of applications, the Department 
encourages applicants to submit two additional paper copies of the 
application. The Department will not penalize applicants who do not 
provide additional copies. No grant may be awarded unless a 
completed application form, including the signed assurances and 
certifications, has been received. (For applicants who submit 
electronically, see separate instructions under ``Instructions for 
Transmittal of Applications'' above.)

Application Instructions and Forms

    The appendix to this notice contains the following forms and 
instructions, a statement regarding estimated public reporting burden, 
a notice to applicants regarding compliance with section 427 of the 
General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), various assurances and 
certifications, and a checklist for applicants.
    a. Instructions for the Application Narrative.
    b. Estimated Public Reporting Burden Statement.
    c. Notice to All Applicants (compliance with section 427 of GEPA).
    d. Checklist for Applicants.
    e. Application for Federal Assistance (ED 424, Exp. 06/30/2001) and 
    f. Budget Information-Non-construction Programs (ED Form No. 524) 
and instructions.
    g. Assurances-Non-Construction Programs (Standard Form 424B) and 
    h. Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension, and 
Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (ED 
80-0013) and instructions.
    i. Certifications regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility 
and Voluntary Exclusion-Lower Tier Covered Transactions (ED 80-0014, 9/
90) and instructions. (NOTE: ED 80-0014 is intended for the use of 
grantees and should not be transmitted to the Department.)
    j. Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Standard Form LLL) (if 
applicable) and instructions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary LeGwin, 202/260-2499 or April 
Blunt, 202/690-5614, U.S. Department of Education, Community Technology 
Centers Program, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, 330 C 
Street, SW., Room 4414, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-7240. E-
mail: ctc@ed.gov. 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 
    For Application Package Contact: Education Publications Center (ED 
Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-
877-433-7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call (toll free): 1-
877-576-7734. You may also contact ED Pubs via its Web site (http://
www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html) or its E-mail address 
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this notice in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 
paragraph. Please note, however, that the Department is not able to 
reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms included in the 

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe 
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: 
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at the previous site. If you have questions about using the PDF, 
call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) toll free, at 1-888-293-
6498 or in the Washington, DC area at (202) 512-1530.

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    You may also view this document in text at the following site: 

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://

    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 6832.

    Dated: May 24, 2001.
Robert Muller,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education.


Instructions for the Application Narrative

    The narrative is the section of the application where the selection 
criteria used by reviewers in evaluating the application are addressed. 
The narrative must encompass each function or activity for which funds 
are being requested. Before preparing the Application Narrative, an 
applicant should read carefully the description of the program and the 
selection criteria the Secretary uses to evaluate applications.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to 
the equivalent of no more than 30 pages using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5"  x  11", on one side only, with 1" 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the 
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, you must 
include all of the application narrative in Part III.
    We will reject your application if--
     You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
     You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the 
page limit.
    1. Begin with a one-page Abstract summarizing the proposed 
community technology center project, including a short description of 
the population to be served by the project, project objectives, and 
planned project activities;
    2. Include a table of contents listing the parts of the narrative 
in the order of the selection criteria and the page numbers where the 
parts of the narrative are found. Be sure to number the pages.
    3. Describe how the applicant meets the invitational priority(ies), 
if applicable.
    4. Describe fully the proposed project in light of the selection 
criteria in the order in which the criteria are listed in the 
application package. Do not simply paraphrase the criteria.
    5. In the application budget, include a description of the non-
federal contributions that the applicant will contribute to the project 
in amounts not less than the non-federal contribution as required in 
this notice. Budget line items must support the goals and objectives of 
the proposed project.
    6. Provide the following in response to the attached ``Notice to 
all Applicants'': (1) a reference to the portion of the application in 
which information appears as to how the applicant is addressing steps 
to promote equitable access and participation, or (2) a separate 
statement that contains that information.
    7. When applying for funds as a consortium, individual eligible 
applicants must enter into an agreement signed by all members. The 
consortium's agreement must detail the activities each member of the 
consortium plans to perform, and must bind each member to every 
statement and assurance made in the consortium's application. The 
designated applicant must submit the consortium's agreement with its 
    8. Attach copies of all required assurances and forms.

Estimated Public Reporting Burden

    According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
valid OMB Control Number. The valid OMB control number for this 
information collection is 1830-0539 (Expiration Date: 04/30/2002). The 
time required to complete this information collection is estimated to 
average 40 hours per response, including the time to review 
instructions, search existing data resources, gather the data needed, 
and complete and review the information collection.
    If you have any comments concerning the accuracy of the time 
estimate or suggestions for improving this form, please write to: Mary 
LeGwin or April Blunt, Community Technology Centers Program, U.S. 
Department of Education, Washington, DC 20202-4651.
    If you have comments or concerns regarding the status of your 
individual submission of this form, write directly to: Community 
Technology Centers Program, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, 
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-7240.

Checklist for Applicants

    The following forms and other items must be included in the 
application in the order listed below:
    1. Application for Federal Assistance (ED 424).
    2. Budget Information--Non-construction Programs (ED Form No. 524).
    3. Application Narrative, including information that addresses 
section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act. (See the section 
    4. Assurances--Non-Construction Programs (SF 242B).
    5. Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension, and 
Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (ED 
    6. Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Standard Form LLL)
    7. Consortium agreement, if applicable.


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[FR Doc. 01-13550 Filed 5-29-01; 8:45 am]