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Predominantly Black Institutions Program - Formula Grants

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Applicant Information

There are three application processes for funding under this program:

  • Designation as an Eligible Institution for Title III and Title V Programs
  • Phase 1. Eligibility and Formula Data
  • Phase 2. Project Plan, Standard Forms, Certifications and Surveys

FY 2016 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. Deadline: January 8, 2016.


Phase 1. Program-Specific Eligibility and Formula Data

Part I of the application is the submission of information required for the Department to determine whether or not an institution qualifies as a PBI, and to calculate how much funding a PBI will receive, based on the formula established in the program legislation.  The information will be submitted on a form that must be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment to by 04:30:00 p.m. Washington, DC time, on the deadline date.  In order to calculate how much all grantee institutions will receive, it is essential that Part I of the application, the Formula Data, be submitted on time.  No calculations can be made unless and until all PBIs have submitted the required information in full.  Once determinations have been made, institutions will be informed whether or not they qualify as a PBI and how much they will be receiving. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait for this notification before beginning Part II of the application.

Phase 2. Project Plan, Standard Forms, Certifications and Surveys

In Phase 2, Parts II and III of the application will be submitted after the institution is informed by the Department how much funding it will receive based on the data submitted by the institution in Part I. Part II includes the budget, budget narrative, and a project narrative of no more than 50 pages describing the project activities, the goals and objectives of the project, and an evaluation plan including performance measures. Part III of the application includes the standard forms, certifications and surveys. More guidance regarding the Project Plan can be found in the application.


Last Competition: FY 2016
Deadline for Transmittal of Phase 1 Formula Data: March 2, 2016
Deadline for Transmittal of Phase 2 Project Plan: April 1, 2016

Federal Register Notice

Current Application

The FY 2016 grant competition is closed. The application package and forms here should be used for reference only.

Tips and Assistance

Two FY 2016 pre-application technical assistance webinars were held on February 9, 2016 and February 11, 2016.

Application Contact

Bernadette Miles, (202) 453-7892,

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Education, OPE
Higher Education Programs, Institutional Service
Predominantly Black Institutions Program - Formula Grants
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Mail Stop LBJ 4-4C140
Washington, DC 20202

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Last Modified: 09/23/2016