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Deadline: January 31, 2022

Department of Education: Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is one of the seven programs known as the Federal TRIO Programs. The UB Program supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and enter into and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: UB; Veterans UB; and UB Math and Science grants. With this application, the Department invites applications for UB grants only. Applications for Veterans UB grants and UB Math and Science grants can be found in forthcoming announcements.

This opportunity contains three competitive preference priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Applications that Demonstrate a Rationale, meaning 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.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2: Meeting Student Social, Emotional, and Academic Needs—projects are designed to improve students’ social, emotional, academic, and career development, with a focus on underserved students, through providing multi-tiered systems of supports that address learning barriers, both in and out of the classroom, that enable healthy development and respond to students’ needs and which may include evidence-based, trauma-informed practices, and professional development for educators on avoiding deficit-based approaches. Because the UB Program supports students and not the professional development of educators, applicants should address supports for students only.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 3: Strengthening Cross-Agency Coordination and Community Engagement to Advance Systemic Change—projects are designed to take a systemic evidence-based approach to improving outcomes for underserved students by establishing cross-agency partnerships, or community-based partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, businesses, philanthropic organizations, or others, to meet family well-being needs.

Amount: $355,697,826 is available to make awards ranging from $287,537–$981,028 for a project period of up to 60 months.

Note: For an applicant that is not currently receiving a UB Program grant, the maximum award amount is $287,537. See solicitation for details.

Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education; public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth; secondary schools; and combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336980

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