Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, 8784-8788 [05-3455]

Download as PDF 8784 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Notices Organization (WTO) and the United States applies the WTO agreement to Ukraine. Products in the above categories exported during 2004 shall be charged to the applicable category limits for that year (see directive dated December 10, 2003) to the extent of any unfilled balances. In the event the limits established for that period have been exhausted by previous entries, such products shall be charged to the limits set forth in this directive. Goods exported from Ukraine will also no longer be subject to the directive dated December 9, 2004 concerning overshipments of 2004 limits. You are also directed to reinstate textile visa requirements for Ukraine, as set forth in the directive dated February 22, 1999, thus canceling the directive dated December 30, 2004 that suspended such requirements. In order to provide a period for adjustment, the United States will allow shipments of goods that are not accompanied by an export visa to enter the United States if exported prior to March 25, 2005. However, shipments exported from Ukraine on or after March 25, 2005, must be accompanied by an export visa issued by the Government of Ukraine, and shipments without an export visa will be denied entry. In carrying out the above directions, the Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection should construe entry into the United States for consumption to include entry for consumption into the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has determined that these actions fall within the foreign affairs exception of the rulemaking provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1). Sincerely, James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. FR Doc. E5–740 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] waive the requirement for public consultation to the extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal law, or substantially interfere with any agency’s ability to perform its statutory obligations. The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes that notice containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g. new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) title; (3) summary of the collection; (4) description of the need for, and proposed use of, the information; (5) respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) reporting and/or recordkeeping burden. OMB invites public comment. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. BILLING CODE 3510–DRS Dated: February 16, 2005. Angela C. Arrington, Leader, Information Management Case Services Team Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests AGENCY: Department of Education. SUMMARY: The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 25, 2005. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. OMB may amend or VerDate jul<14>2003 16:28 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 Institute of Education Sciences Type of Review: New. Title: The Professional Development Impact Study—Full Study Data Collection Instruments. Frequency: On occasion. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 1,682. Burden Hours: 791. Abstract: The current OMB package requests clearance for the instruments to be used in the full Professional Development Impact Study. The Professional Development Impact Study is a national demonstration project designed to test innovative models of professional development for reading instruction in the second grade. The PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 data collection instruments will measure the background characteristics of the sample, fidelity of the intervention’s implementation, and outcomes of the intervention. Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 2686. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202–4700. Requests may also be electronically mailed to the Internet address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or faxed to 202–245–6621. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be directed to Bennie Jessup at her e-mail address Bennie.Jessup@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. [FR Doc. E5–713 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.334A (Partnership grants) and 84.334S (State grants). Dates: Applications Available: February 23, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 11, 2005. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 22, 2005. Eligible Applicants: (1) A state; or (2) a partnership consisting of (A) one or more local educational agencies acting on behalf of (i) one or more elementary schools or secondary schools, and (ii) the secondary schools that students from the schools described in (i) would normally attend; (B) one or more degree granting institutions of higher education; and (C) at least two community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional associations, community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, State agencies, E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Notices institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under subpart 4 of Part A of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, or other public or private agencies or organizations. Note: For Partnership grants, the fiscal agent/applicant must be either an institution of higher education that is not pervasively sectarian or a local education agency. For State grants, the fiscal agent/applicant must be a single State agency as designated by the State’s governor. Estimated Available Funds: $113,189,000 for new partnership grants and $74,276,000 for new state grants. Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000–$7,000,000 per year for partnership grants and $500,000– $3,500,000 per year for state grants. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $501,000 per year for partnership grants and $3,000,000 per year for state grants. Maximum Award: We will reject any application for a partnership grant that proposes a budget exceeding $800 per student for a single budget period of 12 months. We will reject any application for a state grant that proposes a budget exceeding $3,500,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. We also will reject any partnership or state grant application that proposes a budget that increases after the first 12-month budget period. The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: 226 Partnership grants and 24 State grants. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 72 months. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: GEAR UP supports early college preparation and awareness activities for low-income students. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a– 21. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 694. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:28 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 Estimated Available Funds: $113,189,000 for new partnership grants and $74,276,000 for new state grants. Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000–$7,000,000 per year for partnership grants and $500,000– $3,500,000 per year for state grants. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $501,000 for partnership grants and $3,000,000 per year for state grants. Maximum Award: We will reject any application for a partnership grant that proposes a budget exceeding $800 per student for a single budget period of 12 months. We will reject any application for a State grant that proposes a budget exceeding $3,500,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. We also will reject any partnership or state grant application that proposes a budget that increases after the first 12-month budget period. The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: 226 Partnership grants and 24 State grants. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 72 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: (1) A State; or (2) a partnership consisting of (A) one or more local educational agencies acting on behalf of (i) one or more elementary schools or secondary schools, and (ii) the secondary schools that students from the schools described in (i) would normally attend; (B) one or more degree granting institutions of higher education; and (C) at least two community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional associations, community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, State agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under subpart 4 of Part A of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, or other public or private agencies or organizations. Note: For Partnership grants, the fiscal agent/applicant must be either an institution of higher education that is not pervasively sectarian or a local education agency. For State grants, the fiscal agent/applicant must be a single State agency as designated by the State’s Governor. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Section 404C of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires grant recipients to provide not less than 50 percent of the total cost of the project for each year of the project. A partnership with three or fewer institutions of higher education as members may propose a non-Federal contribution of PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8785 less than 50 percent, but not less than 30 percent of the total cost of the project for each year of the project. The nonFederal share of project costs may be in cash or in-kind. Applicants will be held to the matching commitment proposed in the application for funding, even if the proposed match is higher than the percent required by statute. 3. Other: For State grants, at least 25 percent, and not more than 50 percent of grant funds must be spent on early college preparation and awareness, and at least 50 percent of grant funds must be spent on postsecondary scholarships to eligible GEAR UP students. The Secretary may waive the scholarship percentage requirement if the applicant demonstrates that it has another means of providing the students with financial assistance the program otherwise requires. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: You may obtain an application package via the Internet by downloading the package from the program Web site at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/gearup/ index.html. You also may obtain a copy of the application package at the following address: Angela Oliphant, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., suite 6100, Washington, DC 20006–8524. Telephone: (202) 502– 7676. 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 the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed in this section. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this program. Page Limit: The application narrative addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit the application narrative found in Part 4 of the application to the equivalent of no more than 40 pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space all text in the application narrative, including titles, E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 8786 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Notices headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs. • Use a font that is either 12-point or larger and no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. We will reject your application if— • You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or • You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: February 23, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 11, 2005. Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) available through the Department’s eGrants system. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically or by mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to Section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 22, 2005. 4. Intergovernmental Review: These programs are subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application packages for these programs. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under these programs must be submitted electronically, unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding VerDate jul<14>2003 16:28 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. a. Electronic Submission of Applications:. Applications for grants under the GEAR UP Program—CFDA Numbers 84.334A and 84.334S must be submitted electronically using eApplication available through the Department’s e-Grants system. The eGrants system is accessible through its portal page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov. While completing your electronic application, you will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. Please note the following: • You must complete the electronic submission of your grant application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The eApplication system will not accept an application for this program after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. • The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site is 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format. • You must submit all documents electronically, including the GEAR UP Title Page Form, Project Budget Summary Forms and all necessary assurances and certifications. • Any narrative sections of your application should be attached as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. • Your electronic application must comply with any page limit requirements described in this notice. • Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may wish to print a copy of it for your records. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement, that will PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 include a PR/Award number (an identifying number unique to your application). • Within three working days after submitting your electronic application, fax a signed copy of the GEAR UP Title Page Form to the Application Control Center after following these steps: (1) Print the GEAR UP Title Page Form from e-Application. (2) The applicant’s Authorizing Representative must sign this form. (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the hardcopy signature page of the GEAR UP Title Page Form. (4) Fax the signed GEAR UP Title Page Form to the Application Control Center at (202) 245–6272. • We may request that you give us original signatures on other forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application System Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because the e-Application system is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day in order to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if— (1) You are a registered user of eApplication and you have initiated an eApplication for this competition; and (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date; or (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, you may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under For Further Information Contact (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-Grants help desk at 1–888–336– 8930. If the system is down and therefore the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users who have initiated an eApplication. Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the Department’s eApplication system. Exception to the Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Notices submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the e-Application system because— • You do not have access to the Internet; or • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Department’s e-Application system; and • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. Address and mail or fax your statement to: Angela Oliphant, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., suite 6101, Washington, DC 20006–8524. Fax: (202) 502–7675. Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you qualify for an exception the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable following address: By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 84.334A or 84.334S (as appropriate), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202–4260 or By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center—Stop 4260, Attention: 84.334A or 84.334S (as appropriate), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark; VerDate jul<14>2003 16:28 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service; (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier, or (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark, or (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office. c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original and two copies of your application, by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 84.334A or 84.334S (as appropriate), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department: (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—on the GEAR UP Title Page Form the CFDA number—and suffix letter, if any—of the competition under which you are submitting your application. (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245–6288. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are inthe application package. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8787 VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may also notify you informally. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we will notify you. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as specified by the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118. 4. Performance Measures: The objectives of the GEAR UP program are: (1) To increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of participating students; (2) to increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education of participating students; and (3) to increase educational expectations for participating students and student and family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing. To assess the performance of the program in achieving these objectives, the Department has developed a number of performance measures that are included in the application package. All grantees will be expected to submit an annual performance report documenting their success in addressing these performance measures. VII. Agency Contact FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Oliphant, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., suite 6100, Washington, DC 20006–8524. Telephone: (202) 502– 7676. E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 8788 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Notices If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–3339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this section. VIII. Other Information Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: February 16, 2005. Sally L. Stroup, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 05–3455 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [CFDA No. 84.069] Federal Student Aid; Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership and Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Programs AGENCY: Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of the deadline dates for receipt of State applications for Award Year 2005–2006 funds. SUMMARY: This is a notice of the deadline dates for receipt of State applications for Award Year 2005–2006 funds under the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) and Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) programs. The LEAP and SLEAP programs, authorized under Title IV, Part A, Subpart 4 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), assist States in providing aid to students with VerDate jul<14>2003 16:28 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 substantial financial need to help them pay for their postsecondary education costs through matching formula grants to States. Under section 415C(a) of the HEA, a State must submit an application to participate in the LEAP and SLEAP programs through the State agency that administered its LEAP Program as of July 1, 1985, unless the Governor of the State has subsequently designated, and the Department has approved, a different State agency to administer the LEAP Program. DATES: To assure funding under the LEAP and SLEAP programs for Award Year 2005–2006, a State must meet the applicable deadline date. Applications submitted electronically must be received by 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) May 27, 2005. Paper applications must be received by May 13, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program Manager, Financial Partners, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, 830 First Street, NE., room 111G5, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 377–3304. 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 document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Only the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands may submit an application for funding under the LEAP and SLEAP programs. State allotments for each award year are determined according to the statutorily mandated formula under section 415B of the HEA and are not negotiable. A State may also request its share of reallotment, in addition to its basic allotment, which is contingent upon the availability of such additional funds. In Award Year 2004–2005, 46 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands received funds under the LEAP Program. Additionally, 34 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands received funds under the SLEAP Program. Applications Submitted Electronically: Financial Partners within Federal Student Aid has automated the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 LEAP and SLEAP application process in the Financial Management System (FMS). Applicants may use the webbased form (Form 1288–E OMB 1845– 0028) which is available on the FMS LEAP on-line system at the following Internet address: http://fsa-fms.ed.gov. Paper Applications Delivered By Mail: States or territories may request a paper version of the application (Form 1288 OMB 1845–0028) by contacting Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program Manager, at (202) 377–3304 or by e-mail: greg.gerrans@ed.gov. The form will be mailed to you. A paper application sent by mail must be addressed to: Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program Manager, Financial Partners, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, 830 First Street, NE., room 111G5, Washington, DC 20202. The Department of Education encourages applicants that are completing a paper application to use certified or at least first-class mail when sending the application by mail to the Department. The Department must receive paper applications that are mailed no later than May 13, 2005. Paper Applications Delivered By Hand: Paper applications that are handdelivered must be delivered to Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program Manager, Financial Partners, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, 830 First Street, NE., room 111G5, Washington, DC 20002. Hand-delivered applications will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily (eastern time), except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Paper applications that are handdelivered must be received by 4:30 p.m. (eastern time) on May 13, 2005. Applicable Regulations: The following regulations are applicable to the LEAP and SLEAP programs: (1) The LEAP and SLEAP Program regulations in 34 CFR part 692. (2) The Student Assistance General Provisions in 34 CFR part 668. (3) The Regulations Governing Institutional Eligibility in 34 CFR part 600. (4) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 75.60 through 75.62 (Ineligibility of Certain Individuals to Receive Assistance), part 76 (StateAdministered Programs), part 77 (Definitions that Apply to Department Regulations), part 79 (Intergovernmental Review of Department of Education Programs and Activities), part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments), part 82 (New Restrictions on Lobbying), part 84 (Governmentwide Requirements for E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Gaining 
Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); 
Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.334A 
(Partnership grants) and 84.334S (State grants).

    Dates: Applications Available: February 23, 2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 11, 2005.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 22, 2005.
    Eligible Applicants: (1) A state; or (2) a partnership consisting 
of (A) one or more local educational agencies acting on behalf of (i) 
one or more elementary schools or secondary schools, and (ii) the 
secondary schools that students from the schools described in (i) would 
normally attend; (B) one or more degree granting institutions of higher 
education; and (C) at least two community organizations or entities, 
such as businesses, professional associations, community-based 
organizations, philanthropic organizations, State agencies,

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institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under subpart 4 
of Part A of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, or other 
public or private agencies or organizations.

    Note: For Partnership grants, the fiscal agent/applicant must be 
either an institution of higher education that is not pervasively 
sectarian or a local education agency. For State grants, the fiscal 
agent/applicant must be a single State agency as designated by the 
State's governor.

    Estimated Available Funds: $113,189,000 for new partnership grants 
and $74,276,000 for new state grants.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$7,000,000 per year for 
partnership grants and $500,000-$3,500,000 per year for state grants.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $501,000 per year for partnership 
grants and $3,000,000 per year for state grants.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application for a partnership 
grant that proposes a budget exceeding $800 per student for a single 
budget period of 12 months. We will reject any application for a state 
grant that proposes a budget exceeding $3,500,000 for a single budget 
period of 12 months. We also will reject any partnership or state grant 
application that proposes a budget that increases after the first 12-
month budget period. The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary 
Education may change the maximum amount through a notice published in 
the Federal Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 226 Partnership grants and 24 State 
grants.

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

    Project Period: Up to 72 months.
Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: GEAR UP supports early college preparation and 
awareness activities for low-income students.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a-21.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this 
program in 34 CFR part 694.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note:  The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions 
of higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $113,189,000 for new partnership grants 
and $74,276,000 for new state grants.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$7,000,000 per year for 
partnership grants and $500,000-$3,500,000 per year for state grants.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $501,000 for partnership grants 
and $3,000,000 per year for state grants.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application for a partnership 
grant that proposes a budget exceeding $800 per student for a single 
budget period of 12 months. We will reject any application for a State 
grant that proposes a budget exceeding $3,500,000 for a single budget 
period of 12 months. We also will reject any partnership or state grant 
application that proposes a budget that increases after the first 12-
month budget period. The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary 
Education may change the maximum amount through a notice published in 
the Federal Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 226 Partnership grants and 24 State 
grants.

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

    Project Period: Up to 72 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: (1) A State; or (2) a partnership 
consisting of (A) one or more local educational agencies acting on 
behalf of (i) one or more elementary schools or secondary schools, and 
(ii) the secondary schools that students from the schools described in 
(i) would normally attend; (B) one or more degree granting institutions 
of higher education; and (C) at least two community organizations or 
entities, such as businesses, professional associations, community-
based organizations, philanthropic organizations, State agencies, 
institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under subpart 4 
of Part A of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, or other 
public or private agencies or organizations.

    Note: For Partnership grants, the fiscal agent/applicant must be 
either an institution of higher education that is not pervasively 
sectarian or a local education agency. For State grants, the fiscal 
agent/applicant must be a single State agency as designated by the 
State's Governor.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Section 404C of the Higher Education 
Act of 1965, as amended, requires grant recipients to provide not less 
than 50 percent of the total cost of the project for each year of the 
project. A partnership with three or fewer institutions of higher 
education as members may propose a non-Federal contribution of less 
than 50 percent, but not less than 30 percent of the total cost of the 
project for each year of the project. The non-Federal share of project 
costs may be in cash or in-kind. Applicants will be held to the 
matching commitment proposed in the application for funding, even if 
the proposed match is higher than the percent required by statute.
    3. Other: For State grants, at least 25 percent, and not more than 
50 percent of grant funds must be spent on early college preparation 
and awareness, and at least 50 percent of grant funds must be spent on 
postsecondary scholarships to eligible GEAR UP students. The Secretary 
may waive the scholarship percentage requirement if the applicant 
demonstrates that it has another means of providing the students with 
financial assistance the program otherwise requires.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You may obtain an 
application package via the Internet by downloading the package from 
the program Web site at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html.
    You also may obtain a copy of the application package at the 
following address: Angela Oliphant, Gaining Early Awareness and 
Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 
1990 K Street, NW., suite 6100, Washington, DC 20006-8524. Telephone: 
(202) 502-7676.
    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 the application 
package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact 
person listed in this section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative addresses the selection 
criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must 
limit the application narrative found in Part 4 of the application to 
the equivalent of no more than 40 pages, using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5 x 11, on one side 
only, with 1 margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space all text in the application narrative, 
including titles,

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headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as 
all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12-point or larger and no 
smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the budget 
section, including the narrative budget justification; the assurances 
and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the resumes, the 
bibliography, or the letters of support.
    We will reject your application if--
     You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
     You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the 
page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: February 23, 2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 11, 2005.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) available through the Department's e-Grants system. For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically or by mail or hand delivery if you qualify 
for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer 
to Section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 22, 2005.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: These programs are subject to 
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. 
Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under 
Executive Order 12372 is in the application packages for these 
programs.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
these programs must be submitted electronically, unless you qualify for 
an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in 
this section.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in 
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications:. Applications for grants 
under the GEAR UP Program--CFDA Numbers 84.334A and 84.334S must be 
submitted electronically using e-Application available through the 
Department's e-Grants system. The e-Grants system is accessible through 
its portal page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering 
data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant 
application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. The e-Application system will not accept an application 
for this program after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do 
not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application 
process.
     The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site is 
6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until 
midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is 
unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on 
Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to 
these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
the GEAR UP Title Page Form, Project Budget Summary Forms and all 
necessary assurances and certifications.
     Any narrative sections of your application should be 
attached as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF 
(Portable Document) format.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page 
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgement, that will include a PR/Award 
number (an identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the GEAR UP Title Page Form to the 
Application Control Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print the GEAR UP Title Page Form from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the GEAR UP Title Page Form.
    (4) Fax the signed GEAR UP Title Page Form to the Application 
Control Center at (202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you give us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application System 
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting 
your application on the application deadline date because the e-
Application system is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of 
one business day in order to transmit your application electronically, 
by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application and you have 
initiated an e-Application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or 
more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date; or
    (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time 
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, you may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under For 
Further Information Contact (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If the system is down and therefore 
the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all 
registered users who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions 
referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the 
Department's e-Application system.
    Exception to the Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for 
an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may

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submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an 
application through the e-Application system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Department's e-Application system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you 
mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax 
your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed 
statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Angela Oliphant, U.S. 
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., suite 6101, Washington, DC 
20006-8524. Fax: (202) 502-7675.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you qualify for an 
exception the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through 
the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to 
the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your 
application, on or before the application deadline date, to the 
Department at the applicable following address:

By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center, Attention: 84.334A or 84.334S (as 
appropriate), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260

 or

By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center--Stop 4260, Attention: 84.334A or 84.334S 
(as appropriate), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.

    Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing 
consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark;
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service;
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier, or
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark, or
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you 
qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you 
(or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the 
Department by hand. You must deliver the original and two copies of 
your application, by hand, on or before the application deadline date, 
to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of 
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 84.334A or 84.334S 
(as appropriate), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail 
or hand deliver your application to the Department:
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the 
Department--on the GEAR UP Title Page Form the CFDA number--and suffix 
letter, if any--of the competition under which you are submitting your 
application.
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application 
receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant 
application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
inthe application package.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may also notify you informally.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we will notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as specified by the Secretary in 
34 CFR 75.118.
    4. Performance Measures: The objectives of the GEAR UP program are: 
(1) To increase the academic performance and preparation for 
postsecondary education of participating students; (2) to increase the 
rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary 
education of participating students; and (3) to increase educational 
expectations for participating students and student and family 
knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and 
financing.
    To assess the performance of the program in achieving these 
objectives, the Department has developed a number of performance 
measures that are included in the application package. All grantees 
will be expected to submit an annual performance report documenting 
their success in addressing these performance measures.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Oliphant, Gaining Early 
Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street, NW., suite 6100, Washington, DC 20006-8524. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7676.

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    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-3339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this 
section.

VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/
nara/index.html.


    Dated: February 16, 2005.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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