Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletters GRANT AWARDS
This month, the Department has announced grant awards under a number of programs. First, more than $9.8 million in grants were awarded to 16 states to operate 25 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) for parents of students with disabilities, and $1.1 million in grants were awarded to nine states and Puerto Rico to operate 11 Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) (http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-more-98-million-fund-centers-parents-students-dis). With these new grants, the Department funds 101 information centers for parents of children and youth with disabilities. Every state has at least one PTI, and CPRCs provide services in targeted communities throughout the country. Second, $5.4 million in grants were awarded to 14 colleges and universities as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program (http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-awards-54-million-grants-14-institutions-help-strengthen-po). This initiative helps schools expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions and build a framework to help students complete college. Funds may be used for many purposes, including planning, staff development, administrative management, establishment of an endowment fund, and the development and improvement of academic programming. Third, $6 million in grants were awarded to 13 states to improve education opportunities for American Indian children and provide professional development for individuals of American Indian descent who serve in the field (http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-more-6-million-improve-indian-education-and-profe). Fourth, $227.9 million was awarded to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to strengthen academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building capacity, and physical plants (http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-nearly-228-million-97-historically-black-colleges). And, lastly, $6.64 million was awarded to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to implement and expand its national efforts in arts education and arts integration (http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-awards-66-million-grant-support-arts-education).