- What is the purpose of the program?
- What kinds of activities can be supported with grant funds?
- How often are competitions generally held?
- What is the duration of the average grant?
- What is the average annual grant amount?
- Is there a cost matching requirement? If so, are in-kind contributions acceptable as part of the grantee’s match?
- What are the reporting requirements for grantees? What kind of records and data should be maintained or collected in order to complete required reports?
1. What is the purpose of the program?
The purpose of the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs (Training Program) is to provide Federal financial assistance to train the staff and leadership personnel employed in, or preparing for employment in, Federal TRIO Program projects.TOP
2. What kinds of activities can be supported with grant funds?
- A Training Program project may include on-site training, online training, conferences, internships, seminars, workshops, and the publication of manuals designed to improve the operations of Federal TRIO Program projects.
- Each year, one or more Training Program projects must provide at least one training session on each requisite topic listed within a specific priority that is tailored to the needs of TRIO staff with less than two years of TRIO project experience.
- Each year, one or more Training Program projects must offer training covering the following topics:
- The legislative and regulatory requirements for operating projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs.
- Assisting students to receive adequate student financial aid from programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as well as from other programs.
- The design and operation of model Federal TRIO Program projects.
- The use of appropriate educational technology in the operation of TRIO Program projects.
- Strategies for recruiting and serving hard-to-reach populations, including students who are limited English proficient, students from groups traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students who are individuals with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youth, students who are foster care youth, or other disconnected students.
3. How often are competitions generally held?
Competitions under the TRIO Training Program are held every two years.TOP
4. What is the duration of the average grant?
All grantees receive two-year grants.TOP
5. What is the average annual grant amount?
The average annual grant award is $348,250.TOP
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 requirement for the TRIO Training Program.TOP
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?
Grantees are required to submit annual performance reports during the two-year funding cycle using the Department's e-Reports function. This online system collects narratives and data about funded projects to enable program specialists to determine whether a grantee is making substantial progress toward meeting approved project objectives. In addition, grantees are required to submit a first-year interim performance report.TOP