FR Doc 03-9883
[Federal Register: April 22, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 77)]
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[CFDA No. 84.345A]

Office of Postsecondary Education--Underground Railroad 
Educational and Cultural Program; Notice Inviting Applications for 
Grants for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

    Purpose of Program: The Underground Railroad Educational and 
Cultural program will provide grants to nonprofit educational 
organizations that are established to research, display, interpret, and 
collect artifacts relating to the history of the Underground Railroad.
    Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit educational organizations that are 
established to research, display, interpret, and collect artifacts 
relating to the history of the Underground Railroad.
    Applications Available: April 22, 2003.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 2, 2003.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 1, 2003.
    Available Funds: $2,235,375.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000 to $750,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 2-4.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Statute and Regulations: (a) The Education Department 
General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 
79, 80, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98 and 99 and
    (b) Other activities as required by section 841 of the Higher 
Education Amendments of 1998, Public Law 105-244, 20 U.S.C 1153.
    Special Requirements: Each nonprofit educational organization 
awarded a grant under this program must enter into an agreement with 
the Department. Each agreement must require the organization--
    (1) To establish a facility to house, display, and interpret the 
artifacts related to the history of the Underground Railroad, and to 
make the interpretive efforts available to institutions of higher 
education that award a baccalaureate or graduate degree;
    (2) To demonstrate substantial private support for the facility 
through the implementation of a public-private partnership between a 
State or local public entity and a private entity for the support of 
the facility. The private entity must provide matching funds for the 
support of the facility in an amount equal to 4 times the amount of the 
contribution of the State or local public entity, except that not more 
than 20 percent of the matching funds may be provided by the Federal 
    (3) To create an endowment to fund any and all shortfalls in the 
costs of the on-going operations of the facility;
    (4) To establish a network of satellite centers throughout the 
United States to help disseminate information regarding the Underground 
Railroad throughout the United States, if these satellite centers raise 
80 percent of the funds required to establish the satellite centers 
from non-Federal public and private sources;
    (5) To establish the capability to electronically link the facility 
with other local and regional facilities that have collections and 
programs that interpret the history of the Underground Railroad; and
    (6) To submit, for each fiscal year for which the organization 
receives funding under this program, a report to the Department that 
    (a) A description of the programs and activities supported by the 
    (b) The audited financial statement of the organization for the 
preceding fiscal year;
    (c) A plan for the programs and activities to be supported by the 
funding, as the Secretary may require; and
    (a) An evaluation of the programs and activities supported by the 
funding, as the Secretary may require.
    For Applications and Further Information Contact: Jay Donahue, U.S. 
Department of Education, 6th Floor, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6162, 
Washington, DC 20006-8544. Telephone: (202) 502-7507 or via Internet:    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of this notice or 
the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large 
print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact 
person listed under For Applications and Further Information Contact.
    However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative 
format the standard forms included in the application package.

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    Program Authority: Section 841 of the Higher Education 
Amendments of 1998, Pub. L. 105-244, 20 U.S.C. 1153.

    Dated: April 16, 2003.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 03-9883 Filed 4-21-03; 8:45 am]