Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information, Carol M. White Physical Education Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, 10479-10482 [E6-2832]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 40 / Wednesday, March 1, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information, Carol M. White Physical Education Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215F. Dates: Applications Available: March 1, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 12, 2006. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 12, 2006. Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs), including faithbased organizations provided that they meet the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. Estimated Available Funds: $17,400,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds, we may make additional awards in FY 2007 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000–$500,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 58. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of the Program: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies and communitybased organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting State standards. Priorities: This competition includes one absolute priority and one competitive preference priority. These priorities are as follows: Absolute Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), the following priority is from sections 5503 and 5504(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (ESEA). (20 U.S.C. 7261b, 7261c) For FY 2006, and any year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Feb 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: The initiation, expansion, and improvement of physical education programs (including after-school programs) in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade students by (1) providing equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities; and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher training and education. A physical education program funded under this absolute priority must provide for one or more of the following: (1) Fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being. (2) Instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student. (3) Development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle. (4) Opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation. (5) Instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition. (6) Opportunities for professional development for teachers of physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education. Competitive Preference Priority: Within this absolute priority, we give competitive preference to applications that address the following priority. This priority is from 34 CFR 75.225. For FY 2006, and any subsequent year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii), we award an additional five points to an application that meets this priority. This priority is for applications from novice applicants. The term novice applicant means any applicant for a grant from the U.S. Department of Education that— (1) Has never received a grant or subgrant under the program from which it seeks funding; (2) Has never been a member of a group application, submitted in accordance with 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129, that received a grant under the program from which it seeks funding; and (3) Has not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10479 Government in the five years before the deadline date for applications under this program (PEP) or its predecessor program (the Physical Education for Progress Program). For the purposes of this requirement, a grant is active until the end of the grant’s project or funding period, including any extensions of those periods that extend the grantee’s authority to obligate funds. In the case of a group application submitted in accordance with 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129, all group members must meet the requirements described in this priority to qualify as a novice applicant. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7261–7261f. Applicable Regulations: 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. 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: $17,400,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds, we may make additional awards in FY 2007 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000—$500,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 58. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs and CBOs, including faith-based organizations provided that they meet the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: In accordance with Section 5506 of the ESEA, the Federal share of the project costs may not exceed (a) 90 percent of the total cost of a program for the first year for which the program receives assistance; and (b) 75 percent of such cost for the second and each subsequent year. In addition, in accordance with Section 5507 of the ESEA, funds made available under this program must be used to supplement, and not supplant, any other Federal, State, or local funds available for physical education activities. 3. Other: An application for funds under this program may provide for the E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 10480 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 40 / Wednesday, March 1, 2006 / Notices wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES participation, in the activities funded, of (a) students enrolled in private nonprofit elementary schools or secondary schools, and their parents and teachers; or (b) home-schooled students, and their parents and teachers. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: You may obtain an application via the Internet or from the ED Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet use the following address: http://www.ed.gov/ programs/whitephysed/index.html. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write or call the following: Education Publications Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794–1398. Telephone (toll free): 1–877–433–7827. Fax: (301) 470– 1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1–877–576–7734. You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ edpubs.html or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov. If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA Number 84.215F. 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 persons listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Each LEA or CBO desiring a grant under this program shall submit an application that contains a plan to initiate, expand, or improve a physical education program in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education. Additional requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this competition. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: March 1, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 12, 2006. Applications for grants under this program (PEP) may be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) accessible through the Department’s eGrants system, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or by mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Feb 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 Other Submission Requirements in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 12, 2006. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is 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 package for this competition. 5. Funding Restrictions: Funds may not be used for construction activities or for extracurricular activities, such as team sports and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program activities. Not more than five percent of grant funds provided to an LEA or CBO for any fiscal year may be used for administrative expenses. We reference additional regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. Information about prohibited activities and use of funds also is included in the application package for this competition. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. If you choose to submit your application to us electronically, you must use e-Application available through the Department’s e-Grants system accessible through the e-Grants portal page: 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 email an electronic copy of an application to us. Please note the following: • Your participation in e-Application is voluntary. • 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 competition 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 are 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 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 submit your application in paper format. • You must submit all documents electronically, including the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must attach any narrative sections of your application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text) or .PDF (portable document) format. If you upload a file type other than the three file types specified above or submit a password protected file, we will not review that material. • 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 ED 424 to the Department after following these steps: (1) Print the ED 424 from eApplication. (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 ED 424. (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at(202) 205–5722. • We may request that you give us original signatures on other forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because the eApplication 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 electronic application for this competition; and E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 40 / Wednesday, March 1, 2006 / Notices (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 this section apply only to the unavailability of the Department’s e-Application system. If the e-Application system is available, and, for any reason, you are unable to submit your application electronically or you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement of your submission, you may submit your application in paper format by mail or hand delivery in accordance with the instructions in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), 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: (CFDA Number 84.215F), 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: (CFDA Number 84.215F), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing consistent with 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, VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Feb 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 (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 submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, you (or a courier service) 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: (CFDA Number 84.215F), 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—in Item 4 of the ED 424 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 Department’s Application Control Center at (202) 245–6288. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application package. 2. Review and Selection Process: An additional factors we consider in selecting an application for an award is equitable distribution among LEAs and CBOs serving urban and rural areas. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10481 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 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: There are reporting requirements under this program, including under section 5505(a) of the ESEA and 34 CFR 75.590 and 75.720. In accordance with section 5505(a) of the ESEA, grantees under this program are required to submit an annual report that—(1) Describes the activities conducted during the preceding year; and (2) Demonstrates that progress has been made toward meeting State standards for physical education. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.590, grantees also must submit an annual performance report that evaluates: (a) Progress in achieving the objectives in the approved application; (b) The effectiveness of the project in meeting the purposes of the program; (c) The effect of the project on participants served by the project. This annual report must also address progress toward meeting the performance and efficiency measures established by the Secretary for this program and described in the next section of this notice. At the end of the project period, a final performance and financial report must be submitted as specified by the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.720. 4. Performance and Efficiency Measures: The Secretary has established the following performance and efficiency measures for collecting data to use in assessing the effectiveness of PEP. (a) Physical Activity Measures (Performance): (i) The percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week (elementary school students); and/or E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 10482 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 40 / Wednesday, March 1, 2006 / Notices (ii) The percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 225 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week (middle and high school students). (b) Cost Per Outcome Measure (Efficiency): The cost (based on the amount of the grant award) per student who achieves the level of physical activity required to meet the physical activity measure above (150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week for elementary school students, and/or 225 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week for middle and high school students). These measures constitute the Department’s indicators of success for this program. Consequently, applicants for a grant under this program are advised to give careful consideration to these measures in formulating their approach and evaluation of their proposed project. If funded, applicants will be asked to collect and report data in their annual and final performance reports about progress toward these measures. Additional information concerning these measures is available in the application package for this competition. VII. Agency Contacts For Further Information Contact: Monica Woods or Lisa Clayton, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3E332, Washington, DC 20202–6450. Telephone: 202–260– 3954 or by e-mail: Monica.Woods@ed.gov or Lisa.Clayton@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 800– 877–8339. 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 persons listed in this section. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 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– VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Feb 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 23, 2006. Deborah A. Price, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and DrugFree Schools. [FR Doc. E6–2832 Filed 2–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4001–01–P Sara Strizzi. Telephone: (303) 346–0924 or via Internet: sara.strizzi@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 888–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Invitation To Comment DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant Program Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of proposed priorities and application requirements. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools proposes two priorities and two application requirements under the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) Grant program. We may use one or more of these priorities and application requirements for competitions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 and later years. We also may use the priority and application requirements developed in FY 2005, and published in the Federal Register on June 21, 2005 (70 FR 35652), for competitions in FY 2006 and later years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on supporting grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that are at high risk for crisis situations, as well as those that have not yet received funding under this program. This action is also intended to modify an application requirement the Department established in FY 2005 for LEAs to support the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and to propose an additional application requirement for LEAs to develop written plans to address outbreaks of infectious diseases. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before March 31, 2006. ADDRESSES: Address all comments about the proposed priorities and application requirements to Sara Strizzi, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E320, Washington, DC 20202–6450. If you prefer to send your comments through the Internet, use the following address: sara.strizzi@ed.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 We invite you to submit comments regarding the proposed priorities and application requirements. To ensure that your comments have maximum effect in developing the notice of final priorities and application requirements, we urge you to identify clearly the specific proposed priority or application requirement that each comment addresses. We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific requirements of Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of reducing regulatory burden that might result from the proposed priorities and application requirements. Please let us know of any further opportunities we should take to reduce potential costs or increase potential benefits while preserving the effective and efficient administration of the program. During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments about the proposed priorities and application requirements in room 3E320, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays. Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for the proposed priorities and application requirements. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information, Carol 
M. White Physical Education Program; Notice Inviting Applications for 
New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215F.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: March 1, 2006.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 12, 2006.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 12, 2006.
    Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies (LEAs) and 
community-based organizations (CBOs), including faith-based 
organizations provided that they meet the applicable statutory and 
regulatory requirements.
    Estimated Available Funds: $17,400,000. Contingent upon the 
availability of funds, we may make additional awards in FY 2007 from 
the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$500,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 58.

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


    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of the Program: The Carol M. White Physical Education 
Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies and 
community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance physical 
education programs, including after-school programs, for students in 
kindergarten through 12th grade. Grant recipients must implement 
programs that help students make progress toward meeting State 
standards.
    Priorities: This competition includes one absolute priority and one 
competitive preference priority. These priorities are as follows:
    Absolute Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), the 
following priority is from sections 5503 and 5504(a) of the Elementary 
and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left 
Behind Act of 2001 (ESEA). (20 U.S.C. 7261b, 7261c) For FY 2006, and 
any year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded 
applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is: The initiation, expansion, and improvement of 
physical education programs (including after-school programs) in order 
to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education 
for kindergarten through 12th grade students by (1) providing equipment 
and support to enable students to participate actively in physical 
education activities; and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher 
training and education.
    A physical education program funded under this absolute priority 
must provide for one or more of the following:
    (1) Fitness education and assessment to help students understand, 
improve, or maintain their physical well-being.
    (2) Instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical 
activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or 
emotional development of every student.
    (3) Development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about 
motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy 
lifestyle.
    (4) Opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills 
through physical activity participation.
    (5) Instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition.
    (6) Opportunities for professional development for teachers of 
physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and 
trends in the field of physical education.
    Competitive Preference Priority: Within this absolute priority, we 
give competitive preference to applications that address the following 
priority. This priority is from 34 CFR 75.225. For FY 2006, and any 
subsequent year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded 
applicants from this competition, this priority is a competitive 
preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii), we award an 
additional five points to an application that meets this priority.
    This priority is for applications from novice applicants.
    The term novice applicant means any applicant for a grant from the 
U.S. Department of Education that--
    (1) Has never received a grant or subgrant under the program from 
which it seeks funding;
    (2) Has never been a member of a group application, submitted in 
accordance with 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129, that received a grant 
under the program from which it seeks funding; and
    (3) Has not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal 
Government in the five years before the deadline date for applications 
under this program (PEP) or its predecessor program (the Physical 
Education for Progress Program). For the purposes of this requirement, 
a grant is active until the end of the grant's project or funding 
period, including any extensions of those periods that extend the 
grantee's authority to obligate funds.
    In the case of a group application submitted in accordance with 34 
CFR 75.127 through 75.129, all group members must meet the requirements 
described in this priority to qualify as a novice applicant.

    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 7261-7261f.

    Applicable Regulations: 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.


    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: $17,400,000. Contingent upon the 
availability of funds, we may make additional awards in FY 2007 from 
the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000--$500,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 58.


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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs and CBOs, including faith-based 
organizations provided that they meet the applicable statutory and 
regulatory requirements.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: In accordance with Section 5506 of the 
ESEA, the Federal share of the project costs may not exceed (a) 90 
percent of the total cost of a program for the first year for which the 
program receives assistance; and (b) 75 percent of such cost for the 
second and each subsequent year. In addition, in accordance with 
Section 5507 of the ESEA, funds made available under this program must 
be used to supplement, and not supplant, any other Federal, State, or 
local funds available for physical education activities.
    3. Other: An application for funds under this program may provide 
for the

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participation, in the activities funded, of (a) students enrolled in 
private nonprofit elementary schools or secondary schools, and their 
parents and teachers; or (b) home-schooled students, and their parents 
and teachers.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You may obtain an 
application via the Internet or from the ED Publications Center (ED 
Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet use the following address: 
http://www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/index.html. To obtain a copy 
from ED Pubs, write or call the following: Education Publications 
Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-
877-433-7827. Fax: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
pubs/edpubs.html or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this competition as follows: CFDA Number 84.215F.
    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 persons listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Each LEA or CBO 
desiring a grant under this program shall submit an application that 
contains a plan to initiate, expand, or improve a physical education 
program in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for 
physical education. Additional requirements concerning the content of 
an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the 
application package for this competition.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: March 1, 2006.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 12, 2006. 
Applications for grants under this program (PEP) may be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants system, or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates 
and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or by 
mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission 
Requirements in this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 12, 2006.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is 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 package for this 
competition.
    5. Funding Restrictions: Funds may not be used for construction 
activities or for extracurricular activities, such as team sports and 
Reserve Officers' Training Corps program activities.
    Not more than five percent of grant funds provided to an LEA or CBO 
for any fiscal year may be used for administrative expenses.
    We reference additional regulations outlining funding restrictions 
in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. Information about 
prohibited activities and use of funds also is included in the 
application package for this competition.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition may be submitted electronically or in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications. If you choose to submit 
your application to us electronically, you must use e-Application 
available through the Department's e-Grants system accessible through 
the e-Grants portal page: 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 email an 
electronic copy of an application to us.
    Please note the following:
     Your participation in e-Application is voluntary.
     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 competition 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 
are 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 submit your application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget 
Information--Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary 
assurances and certifications. If you choose to submit your application 
electronically, you must attach any narrative sections of your 
application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text) or .PDF 
(portable document) format. If you upload a file type other than the 
three file types specified above or submit a password protected file, 
we will not review that material.
     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 ED 424 to the Department after 
following these steps:
    (1) Print the ED 424 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 ED 424.
    (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Office of Safe and Drug-Free 
Schools at(202) 205-5722.
     We may request that you give us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of 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 electronic application for this competition; and

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    (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 this section apply only to the 
unavailability of the Department's e-Application system. If the e-
Application system is available, and, for any reason, you are unable to 
submit your application electronically or you do not receive an 
automatic acknowledgement of your submission, you may submit your 
application in paper format by mail or hand delivery in accordance with 
the instructions in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the 
U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), 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: (CFDA Number 
84.215F), 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: (CFDA Number 
84.215F), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.
    Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing 
consistent with 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 submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, 
you (or a courier service) 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: (CFDA Number 
84.215F), 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--in Item 4 of the ED 424 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 Department's Application 
Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application package.
    2. Review and Selection Process: An additional factors we consider 
in selecting an application for an award is equitable distribution 
among LEAs and CBOs serving urban and rural areas.

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 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: There are reporting requirements under this program, 
including under section 5505(a) of the ESEA and 34 CFR 75.590 and 
75.720. In accordance with section 5505(a) of the ESEA, grantees under 
this program are required to submit an annual report that--(1) 
Describes the activities conducted during the preceding year; and (2) 
Demonstrates that progress has been made toward meeting State standards 
for physical education. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.590, grantees also 
must submit an annual performance report that evaluates:
    (a) Progress in achieving the objectives in the approved 
application;
    (b) The effectiveness of the project in meeting the purposes of the 
program;
    (c) The effect of the project on participants served by the 
project.
    This annual report must also address progress toward meeting the 
performance and efficiency measures established by the Secretary for 
this program and described in the next section of this notice.
    At the end of the project period, a final performance and financial 
report must be submitted as specified by the Secretary in 34 CFR 
75.720.
    4. Performance and Efficiency Measures: The Secretary has 
established the following performance and efficiency measures for 
collecting data to use in assessing the effectiveness of PEP.
    (a) Physical Activity Measures (Performance):
    (i) The percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 
150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week 
(elementary school students); and/or

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    (ii) The percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 
225 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week (middle 
and high school students).
    (b) Cost Per Outcome Measure (Efficiency):
    The cost (based on the amount of the grant award) per student who 
achieves the level of physical activity required to meet the physical 
activity measure above (150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical 
activity per week for elementary school students, and/or 225 minutes of 
moderate to vigorous physical activity per week for middle and high 
school students).
    These measures constitute the Department's indicators of success 
for this program. Consequently, applicants for a grant under this 
program are advised to give careful consideration to these measures in 
formulating their approach and evaluation of their proposed project. If 
funded, applicants will be asked to collect and report data in their 
annual and final performance reports about progress toward these 
measures.
    Additional information concerning these measures is available in 
the application package for this competition.

VII. Agency Contacts

    For Further Information Contact: Monica Woods or Lisa Clayton, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3E332, 
Washington, DC 20202-6450. Telephone: 202-260-3954 or by e-mail: 
Monica.Woods@ed.gov or Lisa.Clayton@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 800-877-8339.
    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 persons 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 23, 2006.
Deborah A. Price,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
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