Higher Education Grants Help Close Equity Gap

The Education Dept. makes awards through seven of its grants competitions promoting funding equity and closing the classroom achievement gaps for poor, underserved and minority students.

Most of the grants are awarded on an annual basis, so many, if not all, also will have competitions in FY 2015. The awardees provide a glimpse of winning efforts as applicants prepare for upcoming competitions for these programs.

These “ladders of opportunity” programs are part of the broader White House efforts, like the Excellent Educators for All initiative and the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

The FY 2014 grants awarded by the department are:

  • Native Hawaiian Education Program (http://tinyurl.com/phovb95) awards grants to support innovative K-12 projects that enhance the educational services provided to Native Hawaiians and to supplement and expand programs and authorities in the area of education. Types of projects supported by this program include early education and care programs, family-based education centers, beginning reading and literacy programs, activities to address the needs of gifted and talented native Hawaiian students
  • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program provides grants to assist institutions of higher education (IHEs) in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students.
  • Strengthening Institutions Programs award funding to help eligible institutions become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds for academic quality/institutional management
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutionsprogram awards two-year grants to colleges serving Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. The grants can be used for a wide range of activities such as faculty development and exchanges, curriculum development, counseling services, and the purchase or upgrading of library materials or laboratory equipment.
  • The Alaska Native Education Equity Program supports efforts to meet the unique educational needs of Alaska Natives by awarding competitive grants for innovative projects addressing the distinct educational needs of the AN student population.
  • Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program provides grants to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities for the academic attainment of, Hispanic students.
  • Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program helps colleges and universities assists predominantly minority institutions in effecting long-range improvement in science and engineering education programs and increasing the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into science and engineering careers. 
Program Funding FY 2014
Native Hawaiian Education Program $10,054,780
Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program $20,141,221
Strengthening Institutions Program $22,998,921
The Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Program $16,360,038
Alaska Native Education Equity Program $12,662,376
Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program $10,625,456
Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program   $3,039,006
Total $95,881,798


About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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