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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 .

FY 2021 SIP Competition

The Strengthening Institutions Program will have a competition in FY 2021. The Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) is currently available in the Federal Register.

The application booklet is available on and pre-application webinars will be scheduled. Dates for the pre-application webinars will be posted on this website, once they are determined.

Please note that: registration involves many steps including registration on SAM ( which may take approximately one week to complete, but could take upwards of several weeks to complete, depending upon the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an applicant. You may begin working on your application while completing the registration process, but you cannot submit an application until all of the registration steps are complete. Please note that once your SAM registration is active, it will take 24-48 hours for the information to be available in, and before you can submit an application through For detailed information on the registration steps, please go to: . [Note: Your organization will need to update its SAM registration annually.] Primary information about SAM is available at However, to further assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in SAM or updating your existing SAM account, the Department of Education has prepared a Tip Sheet which you can find at:

Last Modified: 06/22/2022