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Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)


    The Title III Part B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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.

    History of Funding

    Previously funded applicants can be viewed on the program website at

    2018 new awardees:

    2018 non-compete continuing awardees:

    Additional Information

    Funds may be used for the purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment. Also supported are the construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement of instruction facilities. Funds support faculty exchanges and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which black Americans are underrepresented. Projects may support the purchase of library materials as well as tutoring, counseling, and student service programs. Also supported are:
    • Funds and administrative management;
    • Joint use of facilities;
    • Establishment or improvement of development offices;
    • Establishment or enhancement of programs of teacher education;
    • Establishment of outreach programs; and
    • Other activities that a grantee proposes in its application that contribute to carrying out the purposes of the program and are approved by the Secretary as part of the review and acceptance of the grant application.


    Wendy Lawrence

    Wendy Lawrence
    Office of Postsecondary Education
    400 Maryland Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20202
    (202) 453-7821

  • Eligibility Details

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGIs) may apply.

    To be eligible to receive a grant under the Strengthening HBCU program, an institution must be designated by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as a Historically Black College or University. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as an institution established prior to 1964 whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans, and must --

    1. Satisfy Section 322 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA);
    2. Be legally authorized by the State in which it is located --
      1. To be a junior or community college; or
      2. To provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's degree; and,
    3. Be accredited or preaccredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association.

    Deadline Details

    Institutions must first confirm eligibility to apply for HEA Title III and V funding prior to applying to this program. For more information about this process, see:

    While the HBCU discretionary grants competition typically occurs on a biennial cycle, the Title III and V eligibility window is annual.

    • The 2018 eligibility window was from February 14 until March 16, 2018. Those applicants approved for 2018 eligibility waiver letters are expected to be announced by April 2, 2018.

    Provided the applicant institution is listed as automatically eligible within the current FY's eligibility matrix (green color coding) or applied for a waiver (yellow color coding) and received an approval letter, they are then permitted to apply to the HBCU program once the window opens.

    The last deadline to submit applications was August 31, 2015. The next deadline is anticipated for 2017.

    Please note, for those interested in applying to the 2017 competition, there are two additional data collection phases (outside of the process mentioned above) for which applicants are required to submit information. Phase 1 was due February 1, 2017. Phase 2 will also occurred in 2017, but the date was only made available to those who completed Phase 1 successfully. The program website features the worksheet which must be used:

    Award Details

    In 2016, $323,914,000 was available in total funding. This broke down to approximately $244,694,000 to be divided among 98 discretionary awards, and $79,220,000 to be divided among 98 mandatory awards.

    The HBCU Title III, Part B Program is authorized by Title III, Section 322 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the Code of Federal Regulations (34 CFR 608); and the Part F Program is authorized by Title III, Section 371 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Mandatory funding for the program is provided under the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), a part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, (Pub. L 111-152).

    The HBCU Parts B and F are discretionary grants that provide formula based awards to institutions of higher education that must be legally designated as a Title III eligible historically Black colleges and universities to apply for funding. In order to receive continuation funding, institutions must submit statutory required data for program staff to calculate award amounts as well as maintain their accreditation.


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