Program Focus – Veterans Upward Bound

December 20, 2011 | By Guest Contributor | Post a Comment

(This guest post was written by Karen Norris, the grants manager for Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. She has more than 20 years experience supporting educational institutions in the state of Maryland and as a grants consultant.) The U.S. Department of Education (ED) offers eight grant opportunities under the Federal TRIO Programs that provide outreach and student services for targeted populations, including disadvantaged, first-generation college, veterans and other at-risk populations. Depending on the specific program, eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and community-based organizations. Within TRIO, the Upward Bound programs include regular Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science and Veterans Upward Bound. A growing area of national need and focus relates to services for veterans. The fiscal year 2012 allocation for Veterans Upward Bound is estimated at $13.6 million for 48 new awards.

There is high interest in these opportunities, and applicants are awaiting word from ED about the delayed competition announcements. In the interim, ED has been offering technical assistance pre-application webinars. View the draft proposal guidelines and webinar presentations here.

Additional information regarding Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, and Veterans Upward Bound will be posted on the Federal TRIO Programs website as soon as it becomes available.

(Note: The FY 2012 funding announcement for the regular Upward Bound program was published in the Federal Register yesterday, although the solicitation is not yet available on the agency’s website. — Adrianne Fielding)

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