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Title III Part A Programs - Strengthening Institutions

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Program Office: Institutional Service

CFDA Number: 84.031A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants, Cooperative Agreements
Also Known As: Title III, Part A

Program Description

The program helps eligible IHEs to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

Types of Projects

Funds may be used for planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds. Administrative management, and the development and improvement of academic programs also are supported. Other projects include joint use of instructional facilities, construction and maintenance, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion, which may include remedial education and English language instruction .

SIP Competitions

The Strengthening Institutions Program typically holds competitions every other year, on odd-numbered years (e.g., 2019, 2021, etc.).

In even-numbered years (e.g., 2020, 2022, etc.), the program funds down the previous year’s slate.

Information on the most recent competition can be found under Applicant Info.

A list of awardees and abstracts can be found under Awards. Requests for funded applications must be submitted via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) site at:

Last Modified: 04/07/2023