Applications for New Awards; Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program, 36534-36539 [2021-14763]

Download as PDF 36534 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Assurance of Compliance—Civil Rights Certificate. OMB Control Number: 1870–0503. Type of Review: An extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Private Sector. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 25. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8. Abstract: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has enforcement responsibilities under several civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. To meet these responsibilities, OCR collects assurances of compliance from applicants for Federal financial assistance from, and applicants for funds made available through, the Department of Education, as required by regulations. These entities include, for example, State educational agencies, local education agencies, and postsecondary educational institutions. If a recipient violates one or more of these civil rights laws, OCR and the Department of Justice can use the signed assurances of compliance in an enforcement proceeding. Dated: July 7, 2021. Juliana Pearson, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division Office of Chief Data Officer Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2021–14742 Filed 7–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.215G. This notice relates to the approved SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 information collection under OMB control number 1894–0006. DATES: Applications Available: July 12, 2021. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: July 22, 2021. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 11, 2021. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 10, 2021. ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-201902-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Simon Earle, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3E254, Washington, DC 20202– 6450. Telephone: (202) 453–7923. Email: Simon.Earle@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. Pre-Application Webinar Information: The Department will hold a preapplication meeting via webinar for prospective applicants. For information about the pre-application webinar, visit the IAL website at: https://oese.ed.gov/ offices/office-of-discretionary-grantssupport-services/well-roundededucation-programs/innovativeapproaches-to-literacy/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in highneed local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. The Department intends to promote innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including programs that (1) develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development for school librarians, books, and up-to-date materials to high-need schools; (2) provide early literacy services, including pediatric literacy programs through which, during well-child visits, medical providers trained in researchbased methods of early language and literacy promotion provide developmentally appropriate books and PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recommendations to parents to encourage them to read aloud to their children starting in infancy; and (3) provide high-quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency. The Explanatory Statement for Division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116– 260) (2021 Appropriations Explanatory Statement) includes language directing the Department to reserve no less than 50 percent of funds under the IAL program for grants to develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development to school librarians and books and up-to-date materials to high-need schools (166 Cong. Rec. H8634, 2020). While report language does not create a legal requirement to reserve the specified amount of funding for school library programs, the number of high-quality applications related to school library programs received under IAL competitions generally has allowed the Department to meet this report language directive. Priorities: This notice contains two absolute priorities and three competitive preference priorities. Absolute Priorities 1 and 2 were established in the notice of final priorities and requirement for IAL (NFP), published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Competitive Preference Priority 1 is from the Administrative Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2020 (85 FR 13640) (Administrative Priorities). Competitive Preference Priorities 2 and 3 are from the NFP. Absolute Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet at least one of these absolute priorities. These priorities are: Absolute Priority 1—Projects, Carried Out in Coordination With School Libraries, for Book Distribution, Childhood Literacy Activities, or Both. Projects that propose to coordinate with school libraries to carry out grant activities, such as book distributions, childhood literacy activities, or both, for the proposed project. Absolute Priority 2—Projects, Carried Out in Coordination With School Libraries, That Provide a Learning Environment That Is Racially, Ethnically, Culturally, Disability Status E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES and Linguistically Responsive and Inclusive, Supportive, and Identity-Safe. Projects coordinated with school libraries and designed to be responsive to racial, ethnic, cultural, disability, and linguistic differences in a manner that creates inclusive, supportive, and identity-safe learning environments. In its application, the applicant must— (a) Describe the types of racially, ethnically, culturally, disability status, and linguistically responsive program design elements that the applicant proposes to include in its project; (b) Explain how its program design will create inclusive, supportive, and identity-safe environments; and (c) Describe how its project will be carried out in coordination with school libraries. Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award up to an additional 13 points to an application, depending on how well the application meets one or more of these priorities. For Competitive Preference Priority 1, we award an additional five points to an application that meets the priority. For Competitive Preference Priority 2, we award an additional five points to an application that meets the priority. For Competitive Preference Priority 3, we award up to an additional three points, depending on which priority subpart (a, b, or c) the applicant meets. These priorities are: Competitive Preference Priority 1— Rural Applicants. (0 or 5 points) Under this priority, an applicant must demonstrate the applicant proposes to serve a community that is served by one or more LEAs with a locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43. Note: To determine whether a particular LEA is eligible for the Small, Rural School Achievement program (SRSA) or Rural and Low-Income School program (RLIS), refer to the Department’s website at https:// oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-formula-grants/ rural-insular-native-achievement-programs/ rural-education-achievement-program/. Applicants are encouraged to retrieve locale codes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) School District search tool (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/districtsearch/), where LEAs can be looked up individually to retrieve locale codes and Public School search tool (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/ schoolsearch/), where individual schools can be looked up to retrieve locale codes. Applicants are encouraged to retrieve campus settings from the NCES College Navigator search tool (https://nces.ed.gov/ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 collegenavigator/) where IHEs can be looked up individually to determine the campus setting. Competitive Preference Priority 2— Supporting Students in Urban Areas. (0 or 5 points) Projects that are designed to serve one or more urban LEAs. In its application, an applicant must demonstrate one of the following: (a) The applicant is an eligible LEA or consortium of eligible LEAs with a locale code of 11, 12, or 13. (b) The applicant is a national nonprofit that proposes to serve schools within eligible LEAs all of which have a locale code of 11, 12, or 13. Note: Applicants are encouraged to retrieve locale codes from the NCES School District search tool (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/ districtsearch/), searching by LEA. Competitive Preference Priority 3— Supporting Students From Low-Income Families. (up to 3 points) Projects that serve LEAs serving students from low-income families. In its application, an applicant must demonstrate, based on Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) data from the U.S. Census Bureau or, for an LEA for which SAIPE data are not available, the same State-derived equivalent of SAIPE data that the State uses to make allocations under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), one of the following: (a) At least 30 percent of the students enrolled in each of the LEAs to be served by the proposed project are from families with an income below the poverty line. (1 point) (b) At least 40 percent of the students enrolled in each of the LEAs to be served by the proposed project are from families with an income below the poverty line. (2 points) (c) At least 50 percent of the students enrolled in each of the LEAs to be served by the proposed project are from families with an income below the poverty line. (3 points) Definitions: The definitions of ‘‘demonstrates a rationale,’’ ‘‘logic model,’’ ‘‘project component,’’ and ‘‘relevant outcome’’ are from 34 CFR 77.1. The definition of ‘‘eligible national nonprofit organization’’ is from section 2226(b)(2) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6646(b)(2)). The definition of ‘‘local educational agency’’ is from section 8101(30) (20 U.S.C. 7801(30)) of the ESEA. Demonstrates a rationale means a key project component included in the project’s logic model is informed by research or evaluation findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve relevant outcomes. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36535 Eligible national nonprofit organization (NNP) means an organization of national scope that— (a) Is supported by staff, which may include volunteers, or affiliates at the State and local levels; and (b) Demonstrates effectiveness or high-quality plans for addressing childhood literacy activities for the population targeted by the grant. Note: A local affiliate of an NNP organization does not meet the definition of NNP organization. Only a national agency, organization, or institution is eligible to apply as an NNP organization. Local educational agency means: (a) In general—The term local educational agency means a public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State, or of or for a combination of school districts or counties that is recognized in a State as an administrative agency for its public elementary schools or secondary schools. (b) Administrative Control and Direction—The term includes any other public institution or agency having administrative control and direction of a public elementary school or secondary school. (c) Bureau of Indian Education Schools—The term includes an elementary school or secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian Education but only to the extent that including the school makes the school eligible for programs for which specific eligibility is not provided to the school in another provision of law and the school does not have a student population that is smaller than the student population of the local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act with the smallest student population, except that the school shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of any State educational agency other than the Bureau of Indian Education. (d) Educational Service Agencies— The term includes educational service agencies and consortia of those agencies. (e) State Educational Agency—The term includes the State educational agency in a State in which the State educational agency is the sole educational agency for all public schools. Logic model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a framework that identifies key project components E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 36536 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices of the proposed project (i.e., the active ‘‘ingredients’’ that are hypothesized to be critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the theoretical and operational relationships among the key project components and relevant outcomes. Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices for English learners and follow-on coaching for these teachers). Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the specific goals of the program. Program Authority: Section 2226 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6646). Note: Projects will be awarded and must be operated in a manner consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Federal civil rights laws. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. (d) The regulations in 34 CFR part 299. (e) The NFP. (f) The Administrative Priorities. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian Tribes. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: $25,000,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2022 from the list of unfunded applications from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $175,000 to $750,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 40–60. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: 60 months. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: To be considered for an award under this competition, an applicant must be one or more of the following: (1) An LEA in which 20 percent or more of the students served by the LEA are from families with an income below the poverty line (as defined in section 8101(41) of the ESEA). (2) A consortium of such LEAs described in paragraph (1) above. (3) The Bureau of Indian Education. (4) An eligible national nonprofit organization (as defined in section 2226(b)(2) of the ESEA) that serves children and students within the attendance boundaries of one or more eligible LEAs. Note: Under the definition of ‘‘poverty line’’ in section 8101(41) of the ESEA, the determination of the percentage of students served by an LEA from families with an income below the poverty line is based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s SAIPE data. An entity that meets the definition of an LEA in section 8101(30) of the ESEA and that serves multiple LEAs, such as a county office of education, an education service agency, or regional service education agency, must provide the most recent SAIPE data for each of the individual LEAs it serves. To determine whether the entity meets the poverty threshold, the Department will derive the entity’s poverty rate by aggregating the number of students from families below the poverty line (as provided in SAIPE data) in each of the LEAs the entity serves and dividing it by the total number of students (as provided in SAIPE data) in all of the LEAs the entity serves. An LEA for which SAIPE data are not available, such as a non-geographic charter school, must provide a determination by the State educational agency (SEA) that 20 percent or more of the students aged 5–17 in the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the same Statederived poverty data the SEA used to determine the LEA’s allocation under part A of title I of the ESEA. Note: If you are a nonprofit organization, under 34 CFR 75.51, you may demonstrate your nonprofit status by providing: (1) Proof that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes the applicant as an organization to which contributions are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; (2) a statement from a State taxing body or the State attorney general certifying that the organization is a nonprofit organization operating within the State and that no part of its net earnings may lawfully benefit any private shareholder or individual; (3) a certified copy of the applicant’s certificate of incorporation or similar PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 document if it clearly establishes the nonprofit status of the applicant; or (4) any item described above if that item applies to a State or national parent organization, together with a statement by the State or parent organization that the applicant is a local nonprofit affiliate. 2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost sharing or matching. b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This competition involves supplement-notsupplant funding requirements. Section 2301 of the ESEA provides that funds made available under this program must be used to supplement, and not supplant, non-Federal funds that would otherwise be used for IAL program activities by grantees. 20 U.S.C. 1221e– 3, 3474, and 6511(a); 34 CFR 76.564 through 76.569. c. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This program uses a restricted indirect cost rate. For more information regarding indirect costs, or to obtain a negotiated indirect cost rate, please see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/ intro.html. d. Administrative Cost Limitation: This program does not include any program-specific limitation on administrative expenses. All administrative expenses must be reasonable and necessary and conform to Cost Principles described in 2 CFR part 200 subpart E of the Uniform Guidance. 3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities described in its application. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/ pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which contain requirements and information on how to submit an application. 2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of projects that may be proposed in applications for the IAL program, your application may include business information that you consider proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define ‘‘business information’’ and describe the process we use in determining whether any of that information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended). Because we plan to make successful applications available to the public, you may wish to request confidentiality of business information. Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your application, under ‘‘Other Attachments Form,’’ please list the page number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c). 3. Intergovernmental Review: This program 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. Please note that, under 34 CFR 79.8(a), we have shortened the standard 60-day intergovernmental review period in order to make awards by the end of FY 2021. 4. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. 5. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the application narrative to no more than 25 pages and (2) use 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 (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative, including titles, 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 or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial. The recommended page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the assurances and certifications; the one-page abstract, resumes, bibliography, logic model, or letters of support. However, the recommended page limit does apply to all of the application narrative. 6. Notice of Intent to Apply: The Department will be able to review grant applications more efficiently if we know VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 the approximate number of applicants that intend to apply. Therefore, we strongly encourage each potential applicant to notify us of their intent to submit an application. To do so, please email the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT with the subject line ‘‘Intent to Apply,’’ and include the applicant’s name and a contact person’s name and email address. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information provided. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 75.210 and are as follows: (a) Significance (up to 20 points). The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed project. In determining the significance of the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: (1) The significance of the problem or issue to be addressed by the proposed project. (2) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to build local capacity to provide, improve, or expand services that address the needs of the target population. (3) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in teaching and student achievement. (b) Quality of the project design (up to 20 points). The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: (1) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable. (2) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target population or other identified needs. (3) The extent to which the proposed project represents an exceptional approach for meeting statutory purposes and requirements. (4) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a rationale (as defined in this notice). (c) Quality of project services (up to 25 points). The Secretary considers the quality of the services to be provided by the proposed project. In determining the quality of the services to be provided by PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36537 the proposed project, the Secretary considers the quality and sufficiency of strategies for ensuring equal access and treatment for eligible project participants who are members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. In addition, the Secretary considers the following factors: (1) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed project are appropriate to the needs of the intended recipients or beneficiaries of those services. (2) The likely impact of the services to be provided by the proposed project on the intended recipients of those services. (3) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed project are focused on those with greatest needs. (d) Quality of the management plan (up to 25 points). The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project. In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, the Secretary considers: (1) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing project tasks. (2) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring feedback and continuous improvement in the operation of the proposed project. (3) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed project. (e) Quality of project evaluation (up to 10 points). The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary considers the following factors: (1) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are appropriate to the context within which the project operates. (2) The extent to which the methods of evaluation provide for examining the effectiveness of project implementation strategies. 2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past performance of the E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 36538 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant’s use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of unacceptable quality. In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). 3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 200.206, before awarding grants under this program the Department conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 200.208, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, under 2 CFR 3474.10, in appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible. 4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this competition to receive an award that over the course of the project period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $250,000), under 2 CFR 200.206(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards—that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant—before we make an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS. Please note that, if the total value of your currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal funds you receive exceed $10,000,000. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 5. In General: In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department will review and consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice inviting applications in accordance with— (a) Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR 200.205); (b) Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 115–232) (2 CFR 200.216); (c) Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR 200.322); and (d) Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR 200.340). 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); or we may send you an email containing a link to access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, also. 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. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent that open licensing is permitted under the PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 terms of any licenses or other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 3474.20. 4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b). (b) 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 multiyear award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/ fund/grant/apply/appforms/ appforms.html. 5. Performance Measures: For purposes of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and for Department reporting under 34 CFR 75.110, the Department has established the following performance measures for the IAL program: (1) The percentage of fourth graders participating in the project who demonstrated individual student growth (i.e., an improvement in their achievement) over the past year on State reading or language arts assessments under section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA; (2) the percentage of eighth graders participating in the project who demonstrated individual student growth (i.e., an improvement in their achievement) over the past year on State reading or language arts assessments under section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA; (3) the percentage of schools participating in the project whose bookto-student ratios increase from the previous year; and (4) the percentage of participating children who receive at least one free, grade- and languageappropriate book of their own. All grantees will be expected to submit an annual performance report that includes data addressing these E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices performance measures to the extent that they apply to the grantee’s project. 6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: Whether a grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, whether the grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the performance targets in the grantee’s approved application. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 130 (Monday, July 12, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36534-36539]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-14763]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Innovative Approaches to Literacy 
Program

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice 
inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the 
Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program, Assistance Listing 
Number 84.215G. This notice relates to the approved information 
collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.

DATES: 
    Applications Available: July 12, 2021.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: July 22, 2021.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 11, 2021.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 10, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Simon Earle, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3E254, Washington, DC 20202-
6450. Telephone: (202) 453-7923. Email: [email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.
    Pre-Application Webinar Information: The Department will hold a 
pre-application meeting via webinar for prospective applicants. For 
information about the pre-application webinar, visit the IAL website 
at: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-discretionary-grants-support-services/well-rounded-education-programs/innovative-approaches-to-literacy/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The IAL program supports high-quality programs 
designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and 
students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational 
agencies (LEAs) and schools. The Department intends to promote 
innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy 
skills in low-income communities, including programs that (1) develop 
and enhance effective school library programs, which may include 
providing professional development for school librarians, books, and 
up-to-date materials to high-need schools; (2) provide early literacy 
services, including pediatric literacy programs through which, during 
well-child visits, medical providers trained in research-based methods 
of early language and literacy promotion provide developmentally 
appropriate books and recommendations to parents to encourage them to 
read aloud to their children starting in infancy; and (3) provide high-
quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-
income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and 
frequency.
    The Explanatory Statement for Division H of the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260) (2021 Appropriations 
Explanatory Statement) includes language directing the Department to 
reserve no less than 50 percent of funds under the IAL program for 
grants to develop and enhance effective school library programs, which 
may include providing professional development to school librarians and 
books and up-to-date materials to high-need schools (166 Cong. Rec. 
H8634, 2020). While report language does not create a legal requirement 
to reserve the specified amount of funding for school library programs, 
the number of high-quality applications related to school library 
programs received under IAL competitions generally has allowed the 
Department to meet this report language directive.
    Priorities: This notice contains two absolute priorities and three 
competitive preference priorities. Absolute Priorities 1 and 2 were 
established in the notice of final priorities and requirement for IAL 
(NFP), published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. 
Competitive Preference Priority 1 is from the Administrative Priorities 
for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on 
March 9, 2020 (85 FR 13640) (Administrative Priorities). Competitive 
Preference Priorities 2 and 3 are from the NFP.
    Absolute Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which 
we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet at least one of 
these absolute priorities.
    These priorities are:
    Absolute Priority 1--Projects, Carried Out in Coordination With 
School Libraries, for Book Distribution, Childhood Literacy Activities, 
or Both.
    Projects that propose to coordinate with school libraries to carry 
out grant activities, such as book distributions, childhood literacy 
activities, or both, for the proposed project.
    Absolute Priority 2--Projects, Carried Out in Coordination With 
School Libraries, That Provide a Learning Environment That Is Racially, 
Ethnically, Culturally, Disability Status

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and Linguistically Responsive and Inclusive, Supportive, and Identity-
Safe.
    Projects coordinated with school libraries and designed to be 
responsive to racial, ethnic, cultural, disability, and linguistic 
differences in a manner that creates inclusive, supportive, and 
identity-safe learning environments.
    In its application, the applicant must--
    (a) Describe the types of racially, ethnically, culturally, 
disability status, and linguistically responsive program design 
elements that the applicant proposes to include in its project;
    (b) Explain how its program design will create inclusive, 
supportive, and identity-safe environments; and
    (c) Describe how its project will be carried out in coordination 
with school libraries.
    Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent 
year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications 
from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference 
priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award up to an additional 
13 points to an application, depending on how well the application 
meets one or more of these priorities. For Competitive Preference 
Priority 1, we award an additional five points to an application that 
meets the priority. For Competitive Preference Priority 2, we award an 
additional five points to an application that meets the priority. For 
Competitive Preference Priority 3, we award up to an additional three 
points, depending on which priority subpart (a, b, or c) the applicant 
meets.
    These priorities are:
    Competitive Preference Priority 1--Rural Applicants. (0 or 5 
points)
    Under this priority, an applicant must demonstrate the applicant 
proposes to serve a community that is served by one or more LEAs with a 
locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43.

    Note: To determine whether a particular LEA is eligible for the 
Small, Rural School Achievement program (SRSA) or Rural and Low-
Income School program (RLIS), refer to the Department's website at 
https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-formula-grants/rural-insular-native-achievement-programs/rural-education-achievement-program/. 
Applicants are encouraged to retrieve locale codes from the National 
Center for Education Statistics (NCES) School District search tool 
(https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/districtsearch/), where LEAs can be looked 
up individually to retrieve locale codes and Public School search 
tool (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/), where individual 
schools can be looked up to retrieve locale codes. Applicants are 
encouraged to retrieve campus settings from the NCES College 
Navigator search tool (https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) where 
IHEs can be looked up individually to determine the campus setting.

    Competitive Preference Priority 2--Supporting Students in Urban 
Areas. (0 or 5 points)
    Projects that are designed to serve one or more urban LEAs. In its 
application, an applicant must demonstrate one of the following:
    (a) The applicant is an eligible LEA or consortium of eligible LEAs 
with a locale code of 11, 12, or 13.
    (b) The applicant is a national nonprofit that proposes to serve 
schools within eligible LEAs all of which have a locale code of 11, 12, 
or 13.

    Note: Applicants are encouraged to retrieve locale codes from 
the NCES School District search tool (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/districtsearch/), searching by LEA.

    Competitive Preference Priority 3--Supporting Students From Low-
Income Families. (up to 3 points)
    Projects that serve LEAs serving students from low-income families. 
In its application, an applicant must demonstrate, based on Small Area 
Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) data from the U.S. Census Bureau 
or, for an LEA for which SAIPE data are not available, the same State-
derived equivalent of SAIPE data that the State uses to make 
allocations under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), one of the following:
    (a) At least 30 percent of the students enrolled in each of the 
LEAs to be served by the proposed project are from families with an 
income below the poverty line. (1 point)
    (b) At least 40 percent of the students enrolled in each of the 
LEAs to be served by the proposed project are from families with an 
income below the poverty line. (2 points)
    (c) At least 50 percent of the students enrolled in each of the 
LEAs to be served by the proposed project are from families with an 
income below the poverty line. (3 points)
    Definitions: The definitions of ``demonstrates a rationale,'' 
``logic model,'' ``project component,'' and ``relevant outcome'' are 
from 34 CFR 77.1. The definition of ``eligible national nonprofit 
organization'' is from section 2226(b)(2) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 
6646(b)(2)). The definition of ``local educational agency'' is from 
section 8101(30) (20 U.S.C. 7801(30)) of the ESEA.
    Demonstrates a rationale means a key project component included in 
the project's logic model is informed by research or evaluation 
findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve 
relevant outcomes.
    Eligible national nonprofit organization (NNP) means an 
organization of national scope that--
    (a) Is supported by staff, which may include volunteers, or 
affiliates at the State and local levels; and
    (b) Demonstrates effectiveness or high-quality plans for addressing 
childhood literacy activities for the population targeted by the grant.

    Note: A local affiliate of an NNP organization does not meet the 
definition of NNP organization. Only a national agency, 
organization, or institution is eligible to apply as an NNP 
organization.

    Local educational agency means:
    (a) In general--The term local educational agency means a public 
board of education or other public authority legally constituted within 
a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to 
perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary 
schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other 
political subdivision of a State, or of or for a combination of school 
districts or counties that is recognized in a State as an 
administrative agency for its public elementary schools or secondary 
schools.
    (b) Administrative Control and Direction--The term includes any 
other public institution or agency having administrative control and 
direction of a public elementary school or secondary school.
    (c) Bureau of Indian Education Schools--The term includes an 
elementary school or secondary school funded by the Bureau of Indian 
Education but only to the extent that including the school makes the 
school eligible for programs for which specific eligibility is not 
provided to the school in another provision of law and the school does 
not have a student population that is smaller than the student 
population of the local educational agency receiving assistance under 
this Act with the smallest student population, except that the school 
shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of any State educational 
agency other than the Bureau of Indian Education.
    (d) Educational Service Agencies--The term includes educational 
service agencies and consortia of those agencies.
    (e) State Educational Agency--The term includes the State 
educational agency in a State in which the State educational agency is 
the sole educational agency for all public schools.
    Logic model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a 
framework that identifies key project components

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of the proposed project (i.e., the active ``ingredients'' that are 
hypothesized to be critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and 
describes the theoretical and operational relationships among the key 
project components and relevant outcomes.
    Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, 
process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence 
may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of 
project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices 
for English learners and follow-on coaching for these teachers).
    Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) 
the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the 
specific goals of the program.
    Program Authority: Section 2226 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6646).

    Note: Projects will be awarded and must be operated in a manner 
consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the 
Federal civil rights laws.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 
97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to 
Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 
2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department 
in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost 
Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 
200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR 
part 3474. (d) The regulations in 34 CFR part 299. (e) The NFP. (f) The 
Administrative Priorities.

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

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $25,000,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2022 from the list of 
unfunded applications from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $175,000 to $750,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 40-60.

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

    Project Period: 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: To be considered for an award under this 
competition, an applicant must be one or more of the following:
    (1) An LEA in which 20 percent or more of the students served by 
the LEA are from families with an income below the poverty line (as 
defined in section 8101(41) of the ESEA).
    (2) A consortium of such LEAs described in paragraph (1) above.
    (3) The Bureau of Indian Education.
    (4) An eligible national nonprofit organization (as defined in 
section 2226(b)(2) of the ESEA) that serves children and students 
within the attendance boundaries of one or more eligible LEAs.

    Note: Under the definition of ``poverty line'' in section 
8101(41) of the ESEA, the determination of the percentage of 
students served by an LEA from families with an income below the 
poverty line is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's SAIPE data.

    An entity that meets the definition of an LEA in section 8101(30) 
of the ESEA and that serves multiple LEAs, such as a county office of 
education, an education service agency, or regional service education 
agency, must provide the most recent SAIPE data for each of the 
individual LEAs it serves. To determine whether the entity meets the 
poverty threshold, the Department will derive the entity's poverty rate 
by aggregating the number of students from families below the poverty 
line (as provided in SAIPE data) in each of the LEAs the entity serves 
and dividing it by the total number of students (as provided in SAIPE 
data) in all of the LEAs the entity serves.
    An LEA for which SAIPE data are not available, such as a non-
geographic charter school, must provide a determination by the State 
educational agency (SEA) that 20 percent or more of the students aged 
5-17 in the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line 
based on the same State-derived poverty data the SEA used to determine 
the LEA's allocation under part A of title I of the ESEA.

    Note: If you are a nonprofit organization, under 34 CFR 75.51, 
you may demonstrate your nonprofit status by providing: (1) Proof 
that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes the applicant 
as an organization to which contributions are tax deductible under 
section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; (2) a statement from 
a State taxing body or the State attorney general certifying that 
the organization is a nonprofit organization operating within the 
State and that no part of its net earnings may lawfully benefit any 
private shareholder or individual; (3) a certified copy of the 
applicant's certificate of incorporation or similar document if it 
clearly establishes the nonprofit status of the applicant; or (4) 
any item described above if that item applies to a State or national 
parent organization, together with a statement by the State or 
parent organization that the applicant is a local nonprofit 
affiliate.

    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require 
cost sharing or matching.
    b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This competition involves supplement-
not-supplant funding requirements. Section 2301 of the ESEA provides 
that funds made available under this program must be used to 
supplement, and not supplant, non-Federal funds that would otherwise be 
used for IAL program activities by grantees. 20 U.S.C. 1221e-3, 3474, 
and 6511(a); 34 CFR 76.564 through 76.569.
    c. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This program uses a restricted 
indirect cost rate. For more information regarding indirect costs, or 
to obtain a negotiated indirect cost rate, please see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/intro.html.
    d. Administrative Cost Limitation: This program does not include 
any program-specific limitation on administrative expenses. All 
administrative expenses must be reasonable and necessary and conform to 
Cost Principles described in 2 CFR part 200 subpart E of the Uniform 
Guidance.
    3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award 
subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities 
described in its application.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to 
follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of 
Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal 
Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which 
contain requirements and information on how to submit an application.
    2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of 
projects that may be proposed in applications for the IAL program, your 
application may include business information that you consider 
proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define ``business information'' and 
describe the process we use in determining whether any of that 
information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under 
Exemption 4 of the Freedom of

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Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended).
    Because we plan to make successful applications available to the 
public, you may wish to request confidentiality of business 
information.
    Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your 
application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure 
under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your 
application, under ``Other Attachments Form,'' please list the page 
number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional 
information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c).
    3. Intergovernmental Review: This program 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. Please note 
that, under 34 CFR 79.8(a), we have shortened the standard 60-day 
intergovernmental review period in order to make awards by the end of 
FY 2021.
    4. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    5. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, 
the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the 
application narrative to no more than 25 pages and (2) use 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 (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, 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 or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial.
    The recommended page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the 
budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the 
assurances and certifications; the one-page abstract, resumes, 
bibliography, logic model, or letters of support. However, the 
recommended page limit does apply to all of the application narrative.
    6. Notice of Intent to Apply: The Department will be able to review 
grant applications more efficiently if we know the approximate number 
of applicants that intend to apply. Therefore, we strongly encourage 
each potential applicant to notify us of their intent to submit an 
application. To do so, please email the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT with the subject line ``Intent to 
Apply,'' and include the applicant's name and a contact person's name 
and email address. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to 
apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice 
of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information 
provided.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 75.210 and are as follows:
    (a) Significance (up to 20 points).
    The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed project. 
In determining the significance of the proposed project, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (1) The significance of the problem or issue to be addressed by the 
proposed project.
    (2) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to build 
local capacity to provide, improve, or expand services that address the 
needs of the target population.
    (3) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely 
to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in 
teaching and student achievement.
    (b) Quality of the project design (up to 20 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed 
project. In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable.
    (2) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is 
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target 
population or other identified needs.
    (3) The extent to which the proposed project represents an 
exceptional approach for meeting statutory purposes and requirements.
    (4) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a 
rationale (as defined in this notice).
    (c) Quality of project services (up to 25 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the services to be provided 
by the proposed project. In determining the quality of the services to 
be provided by the proposed project, the Secretary considers the 
quality and sufficiency of strategies for ensuring equal access and 
treatment for eligible project participants who are members of groups 
that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, 
national origin, gender, age, or disability.
    In addition, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed 
project are appropriate to the needs of the intended recipients or 
beneficiaries of those services.
    (2) The likely impact of the services to be provided by the 
proposed project on the intended recipients of those services.
    (3) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed 
project are focused on those with greatest needs.
    (d) Quality of the management plan (up to 25 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project. In determining the quality of the management plan for 
the proposed project, the Secretary considers:
    (1) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks.
    (2) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring feedback and continuous 
improvement in the operation of the proposed project.
    (3) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are 
appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed 
project.
    (e) Quality of project evaluation (up to 10 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be 
conducted of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the 
evaluation, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are appropriate 
to the context within which the project operates.
    (2) The extent to which the methods of evaluation provide for 
examining the effectiveness of project implementation strategies.
    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
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applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant's use 
of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant 
conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant 
failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of 
unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.206, before awarding grants under this program the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
200.208, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, under 2 CFR 
3474.10, in appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant 
if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of 
unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system 
that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not 
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not 
responsible.
    4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this 
competition to receive an award that over the course of the project 
period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$250,000), under 2 CFR 200.206(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your 
integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal 
awards--that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant--before we make 
an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that 
is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as 
the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may 
review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal 
agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS.
    Please note that, if the total value of your currently active 
grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the 
Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity 
information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal 
funds you receive exceed $10,000,000.
    5. In General: In accordance with the Office of Management and 
Budget's guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal 
laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department will review and 
consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice inviting 
applications in accordance with--
    (a) Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering 
results based on the program objectives through an objective process of 
evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR 200.205);
    (b) Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video 
surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) (2 CFR 
200.216);
    (c) Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to 
maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United 
States (2 CFR 200.322); and
    (d) Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest 
extent authorized by law if an award no longer effectuates the program 
goals or agency priorities (2 CFR 200.340).

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); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, 
also.
    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. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you 
are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to 
openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in 
part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of 
modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those 
modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent 
that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or 
other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. 
Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant 
funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. 
This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your 
application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional 
information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 
3474.20.
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) 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 multiyear award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    5. Performance Measures: For purposes of the Government Performance 
and Results Act of 1993 and for Department reporting under 34 CFR 
75.110, the Department has established the following performance 
measures for the IAL program: (1) The percentage of fourth graders 
participating in the project who demonstrated individual student growth 
(i.e., an improvement in their achievement) over the past year on State 
reading or language arts assessments under section 1111(b)(2) of the 
ESEA; (2) the percentage of eighth graders participating in the project 
who demonstrated individual student growth (i.e., an improvement in 
their achievement) over the past year on State reading or language arts 
assessments under section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA; (3) the percentage of 
schools participating in the project whose book-to-student ratios 
increase from the previous year; and (4) the percentage of 
participating children who receive at least one free, grade- and 
language-appropriate book of their own.
    All grantees will be expected to submit an annual performance 
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performance measures to the extent that they apply to the grantee's 
project.
    6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 
75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: Whether a grantee 
has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of 
the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is 
consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the 
Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, whether 
the grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the performance 
targets in the grantee's approved application.
    In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities 
can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an 
accessible format. The Department will provide the requestor with an 
accessible format that may include Rich Text Format (RTF) or text 
format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3 file, braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc, or other accessible format.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
the site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

Ian Rosenblum,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs Delegated the 
Authority to Perform the Functions and Duties of the Assistant 
Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
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