Predominantly Black Institutions Program - Competitive Grants

Current Section  Applicant Info
 Office of Postsecondary Education Home
Applicant Information

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

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. Please note the closing date(s) and refer to the Federal Register Notice.


Information for Grant Funding


Current competition: FY 2015
Deadline for transmitting applications: July 2, 2015

Federal Register Notice

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.

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.

Applicants who are unable to submit an application through the system may submit a written request for a waiver of the electronic submission requirement. 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.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

Tips and Assistance

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.

Application Contact

Bernadette Miles
Telephone: (202) 502-7616

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Education, OPE
Higher Education Programs, Institutional Services
PBI Competitive Grants Program
1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Mail Stop K-OPE-6-6055
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 502-7777
Fax: (202) 502-7861


Institutional Service Home | Discretionary Grant Applications

Last Modified: 07/01/2015