Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP)

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Fiscal Year 2001
Deadline for Submission: March 15, 2001

The Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) program is a grant competition authorized by the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. $15.5 million dollars in grants will be awarded in Fiscal Year 2001. LAAP supports partnerships among colleges and universities, employers, technology companies, and other relevant organizations to create postsecondary programs that deliver distance education "anytime and anywhere." These programs should be implemented on a national or regional scale and should be innovative within the context of national trends in distance education.


Eligible partnerships must consist of two or more independent agencies, organizations, or institutions. The partners may include institutions of higher education, community organizations, and other public and private institutions, agencies, and organizations. A non-profit organization should be designated to serve as the lead applicant and fiscal agent for the partnership.

Partnerships among community colleges, vocational or technical colleges, liberal arts colleges, universities, consortia, state systems, accreditors, associations, community organizations, publishers, hardware or software companies, employers, state or local agencies, and many other types of organizations are encouraged to apply. The partnerships may be existing or newly formed. Other organizations may be eligible; the list here is not exhaustive.


Funds awarded through LAAP grants may be used to develop and assess model distance learning programs or innovative educational software; to develop methodologies for the identification and measurement of skill competencies; to develop and assess innovative student services; or to support other activities consistent with the purposes of the competition.

LAAP encourages proposals to develop and implement courses, certification or degree programs, and even non-credit learning experiences that prepare students for employment. However, the types of partnerships and the problems outlined in this proposal package are not exhaustive. LAAP will consider any innovative ideas consistent with the authorizing legislation that promote greater access and quality education.


LAAP grants may provide up to three years of funding, depending on the scope of the requested activities. Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 projects may begin as early as September 1, 2001, but preferably no later than January 1, 2002. We estimate that 35-40 new awards will be made. Most grants will be for one, two, or three years of funding. These grants will likely range from $100,000 to $500,000 per year, with an average of $333,333 per year. A few grants of exceptional scope and significance may be larger, with an average of $500,000 to $750,000 per year. Only the first year of funding will be obligated from FY 2001 funds; funding for subsequent years is contingent upon Congressional appropriations.


Federal funds shall provide not more than 50 percent of the total cost of LAAP-funded projects. In other words, an equal match is required. For each dollar requested, the partners must collectively contribute at least one dollar in matching funds. The non-federal share of project costs may be in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated, including services, supplies, or equipment. The program aims to promote the leveraging of resources among institutions and, in particular, to encourage investments and contributions from private sector partners.


LAAP does not expect to provide support for large equipment purchases or for the development of computer networks or other infrastructure. However, applicants are encouraged to leverage institutional and private investments to support these costs, and to proceed with their planning and program development by directly coordinating with the appropriate computer networking professionals.


All applicants must submit a "preliminary proposal" up to seven pages in length. These preliminary proposals will be reviewed and a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a "final proposal" up to twenty-five pages in length. Award decisions will be based upon review of the final proposals. The review process is more fully described below in the section entitled "Guide to Proposal Development."


The specific authority for LAAP is found in Title IV of the Higher Education Act as amended in 1998. Regulations are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34 Part 75. In addition, the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, and 85 also apply.


The official Application Notice is published in the Federal Register. The information in this application package is intended to aid in preparing proposals for this competition. Nothing in this application package supersedes the priorities published in the Federal Register.


LAAP is being administered by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). FIPSE's address is (please do not use this address to submit proposals):

FIPSE, 8th floor
1990 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-8544

Telephone: (202) 502-7500

E-mail: LAAP@ed.gov


For information about the LAAP program, including abstracts of FY 1999 and 2000 grantees and technical assistance materials aimed at potential applicants, visit LAAP's website at:



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