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  1. What is the purpose of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program (Thurgood Marshall)?
  2. What kinds of activities can be supported with grant funds?
  3. How often are competitions generally held?
  4. What is the duration of the average grant?
  5. What is the average annual grant amount?
  6. Is there a cost matching requirement? If so, are in-kind contributions acceptable as part of the grantee’s match?
  7. What are the reporting requirements for grantees? What kind of records and data should be maintained or collected in order to complete required reports?
  8. What are the requirements for auditing and/or evaluation of funded projects?
  9. What are a few concrete examples of allowable activities?

1. What is the purpose of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program (Thurgood Marshall)?

The Thurgood Marshall Program is designed to provide low-income, minority, or disadvantaged secondary school students and college student with the information, preparation, and financial assistance needed to gain access to and to complete law school study.

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2. What kinds of activities can be supported with grant funds?

Funding for this program may be used to pay for services such as: pre-college programs; undergraduate pre-law information resources centers; information and counseling; tutorial services; pre-law mentoring programs; assistance and counseling on admission to accredited law schools; a six-week summer law institute for Thurgood Marshall fellows to prepare for legal studies; mid-year seminars; and other educational activities.

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3. How often are competitions generally held?

This grant is non-competitive. Program funds for Thurgood Marshall are earmarked for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.

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4. What is the duration of the average grant?

The sole source grantee has five years from the date of the beginning of the grant award cycle to carry out approved activities and services.

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5. What is the average annual grant amount?

Each grant award is made in the amount of $3 million per year.

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6. Is there a cost matching requirement? If so, are in-kind contributions acceptable as part of the grantee’s match?

There is no cost matching required for this grant.

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7. What are the reporting requirements for grantees? What kind of records and data should be maintained or collected in order to complete required reports?

The grantee is required to submit an annual performance report at the end of each year detailing how well its approved activities were implemented and carried out during each year of the grant award.

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8. What are the requirements for auditing and/or evaluation of funded projects?

The grantee must adhere to the applicable parts of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations for purposes of auditing and/or evaluation of the project.

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9. What are a few concrete examples of allowable activities?

Allowable activities include: pre-college programs; undergraduate pre-law information resource centers; information and counseling; tutorial services; pre-law mentoring programs; assistance and counseling on admission to accredited law schools; a six-week summer law institute for Thurgood Marshall fellows to prepare for legal studies; and mid-year seminars.

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