Sponsored Programs Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs

Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs

This program provides financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish or strengthen their physical plants, financial management, academic resources, and endowment-building capacity.

Activities may include:

  • Student services; educational equipment acquisition; facility renovation and construction; faculty and staff development;
  • The establishment of a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in public schools; the establishment of community outreach programs that will encourage elementary and secondary school students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education;
  • The acquisition of real property in connection with the construction, renovation, or addition to or improvement of campus facilities; education or financial information designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students;
  • Families, especially with regard to student indebtedness and student assistance programs under Title IV; and
  • Services necessary for the implementation of projects or activities that are described in the grant application and that are approved, in advance, by the Department, except that not more than two percent of the grant amount may be used for this purpose.

Legislatively Allowable Activities

The following are legislatively allowable activities (LAAs) and can be carried out under this grant:

  • Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional or research purposes;
  • Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classrooms, library, laboratory, and other instructional facilities, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services;
  • Support of faculty exchanges, faculty development, and faculty fellowships to assist these faculty members in attaining advanced degrees in their fields of instruction;
  • Academic instruction in disciplines in which Black Americans are underrepresented;
  • Purchase of library books, periodicals, microfilm, and other educational materials, including telecommunications program materials;
  • Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success;
  • Funds and administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management;
  • Joint use of facilities, such as laboratories and libraries;
  • Establishing or improving a development office to strengthen or improve contributions from alumni and the private sector;
  • Establishing or enhancing a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in a public elementary or secondary school in the State that shall include, as part of the program, preparation for teacher certification;
  • Establishing community outreach programs that will encourage elementary and secondary students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education;
  • Establishing and maintaining an institutional endowment;
  • Acquisition of real property in connection with the construction, renovation, or addition to or improvement of campus facilities;
  • Education or financial information designed to improve financial literacy and economic literacy of students or the students’ families, especially with regard to student indebtedness and student assistance programs under Title IV; and
  • Services necessary for the implementation of projects or activities that are described in the grant application and that are approved, in advance, by the Secretary, except that not more than two percent of the grant amount maybe used.
Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance
Legislation
  • Title III, Part B, Sections 321-327 of the Higher Education Act, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1060-1063c)
  • Title III, Part F, Section 371 of the Higher Education Act, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1067q)
Regulations
  • 34 CFR Part 608
  • Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99
Guidance
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Grants Management Circulars (2 CFR as applicable)