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New Funding Announced under CARES for Higher Education

Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity (IREPO) CARES Grant

Alert Purpose: To enable institutions of higher education (IHEs) with the greatest unmet needs related to coronavirus to resume operations, serve the needs of students, reduce disease transmission, and develop more resilient instructional delivery models, such as distance learning for students who cannot or choose not to attend classes in person. This grant program also recognizes the benefits to high school students of starting their college career early – while still in high school – and gives priority to applicants who plan to expand those opportunities to students who live or attend high school in an Opportunity Zone or rural community. Priority for grant awards will be given to colleges and universities with the greatest unmet needs related to COVID-19. In addition, proposals will receive additional consideration if they:

• Provide Dual Enrollment Opportunities to Students Who Live or Attend School in a Rural Community or Opportunity Zone;

• Are led by, or include as partners, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and/or developing institutions that are eligible to participate in Title III or Title V programs; and/or

• Are committed to developing more resilient instructional delivery models, such as distance learning, that make learning possible even when students cannot be physically present on campus for any reason.

Eligible Applicants: For IHE as defined in section 101 of the HEA, or a consortium of such IHEs.

Total Funds: $28,000,000, Grants up to $3,000,000


Special thanks to RFP Match

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