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There are two application processes for this program -- one for eligibility and one for grant funding.

Information for Grant Funding

NOTE OF CLARIFICATION: We would like to provide clarification on an issue that was raised at a recent Strengthening Institutions Program’s (SIP) Pre-Application Program’s 2013 webinar about the wait-out period.

Question: Our last Title III SIP grant ended on 9/30/2011. We completed the eligibility application in December 2012 and received word that we are eligible based on that application. Can we apply for this 2013 round?

Answer: The legislation, 20 U.S.C. § 1059, and regulations, 34 CFR 607.9(b)(1), state that an IHE is eligible to receive an additional grant under Title III on the date after the two-year wait-out period terminates. The fiscal year cycle for the SIP program is October 1 through September 30. Therefore, if an institution’s grant ended on 9/30/11, the two-year wait-out period began 10/1/11. The first year of the wait-out period would be 10/1/11 - 9/30/12. The second year of the wait-out period would be 10/1/12 - 9/30/13. Therefore, an institution(s) in this situation could indeed apply for a grant now (for the current competition) because the FY 2013 grant award funds would not be available to the institution(s) until October 1, 2013, one day after the wait-out period expires.

NOTE: The FY 2013 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant competition will have two application options for institutions. Under CFDA number 84.031A, applicants may address two competitive preference priorities. Under CFDA number 84.031F, applicants must address an absolute priority. Applicants may apply to both the 84.031A and 84.031F competitions but can receive an award under only one of the competitions.

Part F, Absolute Priority -- Supporting Programs, Practices, or Strategies for which there is Strong or Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness


Last competition for Part A and Part F: FY 2013
Applications available: May 2, 2013
Deadline for transmittal of applications: June 3, 2013

Federal Register Notices

Current Application

All applicants are required to submit an application online through is a single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by federal and other grant-making agencies. There are separate applications in the system for Part A and Part F.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants familiarize themselves with the Web site and complete the required registration well before the closing date. You can begin the registration process before the application is published on or while you are filling out the application. However, registration must be completed before you can submit your completed package. Please note that the registration process for organizations may take three to five days to complete. The site offers users extensive customer support options and resources for applicants.

Application packages in consist of two downloadable files: application instructions and the application package. To view the package, including required forms, the free Adobe Reader or compatible Acrobat Professional software must be installed on your computer.

Accessing the Application Package

  1. Start at the home page:
  2. Go to the Apply for Grants page:
  3. Click on Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package:
  4. Enter the CFDA number for the program(s): (84.031) and click "Download Package."
    Note that alpha suffixes to the CFDA number cannot be included in the search criteria. If there is more than one program sharing the numeric CFDA you will be able to select specific programs under that number using the program title after the numeric CFDA search.
  5. Click "Download" to access the application package and instructions.

Applicants who are unable to submit an application through the system may submit a written request for a waiver of the electronic submission requirement. Requests for waivers are due at least two weeks before the application deadline date. See the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for additional details on requesting a waiver.

Page limits and acceptable fonts for grant applications. Please refer to the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for page limits and font types an applicant may use when submitting grant applications for this competition.

Tips for submitting applications electronically through

  • Begin the registration process as soon as possible. Register early: preferably at least five days before the deadline.
  • Download and review the application instructions from
  • Complete the application package according to the application instructions.
  • Review and verify all program assurances and certifications.
  • Verify on that registration is complete and that your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) status is approved if you are the submitter.
  • Submit your application early, ensuring sufficient time for the validation process.
  • Verify your submission through the Web site.

Tips and Assistance

Strengthening Institutions Program Webinar Information for 2013

  • Letter of Invitation to Webinar on Parts A and F Download files MS Word (28K)
  • Letter of Invitation to Webinar on Absolute Priority Download files MS Word (28K)

Application Contacts

Kelley Harris, (202) 219-7083
Nalini Lamba-Nieves, (202) 502-7562
U.S. Department of Education, OPE
Title III Part A Programs
1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Mail Stop K-OPE-6-6055
Washington, DC 20006
Main Telephone: (202) 502-7777

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), you may call toll free at 1-800-576-7734.

Application for Eligibility

You must be designated an eligible institution before applying for funding under this program. The latest application to request designation as an eligible institution and to request a waiver of the non-federal cost share requirement is available.

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