Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Strengthening Institutions Program CFDA Number 84.031F

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Purpose of Program:
The Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution's academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

The Department of Education (Department) is conducting two separate competitions for SIP grants in 201 7. In this competition (CFDA number 8 4. 031F), applicants must address an absolute priority.

The separate competition under CFDA number 8 4. 031A does not include any priorities.

The 8 4. 031A competition will be announced in a separate Federal Register notice.

Applicants may apply for grants in both the 8 4. 031A and 8 4. 031F competitions but can only receive one grant.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:
8 4. 031F.

Applications for grants under the SIP (CFDA number 8 4. 031F) must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Apply site at

Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application.

You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us.

You may access the electronic grant application for this competition at

You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number.

Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 8 4. 031, not 8 4. 031F).
Related Programs

Higher Education Institutional Aid

Department of Education

Agency: Department of Education


Estimated Funding: $3,699,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Strengthening Institutions Program CFDA Number 84.031F;

Additional Information of Eligibility:

Eligible Applicants: This program is authorized by title III, part A, of the HEA.

To qualify as an eligible institution under any title III, part A program, an institution must-- (a) Be accredited or preaccredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the Secretary has determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered; (b) Be legally authorized by the State in which it is located to be a junior or community college or to provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's degree; (c) Be designated as an ``eligible institution'' by demonstrating that it: (1) Has an enrollment of needy students as described in 34 CFR 607.3; and (2) has low average educational and general expenditures per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student as described in 34 CFR 607.4.

Note: The notice announcing the FY 2017 process for designation of eligible institutions, and inviting applications for waiver of eligibility requirements, was published in the Federal Register on November 25, 2016 (81 FR 85210).

Only institutions that the Department determines are eligible, or which are granted a waiver under the process described in that notice, may apply for a grant in this program.

Relationship Between the Title III, Part A Programs and the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program A grantee under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) program, which is authorized under title V of the HEA, may not receive a grant under any HEA, title III, part A program.

The title III, part A programs are: SIP; the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities program; the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions program; the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions program; and the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions program.

Furthermore, a current HSI program grantee may not give up its HSI grant to receive a grant under SIP or any title III, part A program as described in 34 CFR 607.2(g)(1).

An eligible HSI that is not a current grantee under the HSI program may apply for a FY 2017 grant under all title III, part A programs for which it is eligible, as well as receive consideration for a grant under the HSI program.

However, a successful applicant may receive only one grant as described in 34 CFR 607.2(g)(1).

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