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Grant Programs for Rural Education

  1. 1. Grant Programs forGrant Programs forRural AmericaRural AmericaKent BrooksKent BrooksWestern Oklahoma State CollegeWestern Oklahoma State CollegeJune 6, 2005June 6, 2005
  2. 2. Why are we Here?Why are we Here?(in 20 minutes or less)(in 20 minutes or less) Because of the classroom needs weBecause of the classroom needs wehave in delivering the educationhave in delivering the educationneeded by the digital natives we nowneeded by the digital natives we nowserve are differentserve are different
  3. 3. DisclaimerDisclaimerThis message is a natural handmadeThis message is a natural handmadeproduct. The slight variations inproduct. The slight variations inspelling and grammar enhance itsspelling and grammar enhance itsindividual character and beauty andindividual character and beauty andin no way are to be considered flawsin no way are to be considered flawsor defects.or defects.
  4. 4. When I wantWhen I wantto learnto learnsomethingsomethingwhy do I go towhy do I go toGoogleGoogleinstead ofinstead oftaking a classtaking a classat the college?at the college?
  5. 5. When I wantWhen I wantto learnto learnsomethingsomethingwhy do I go towhy do I go toGoogleGoogleinstead ofinstead oftaking a classtaking a classat the college?at the college?
  6. 6. Grant 101Grant 101(in 20 minutes or less)(in 20 minutes or less) The Grant Puzzle—Without all the piecesThe Grant Puzzle—Without all the piecesall you have is a half finished picture withall you have is a half finished picture withholes in it.holes in it.• ResearchResearch problem—solution-funderproblem—solution-funder• Plan and ManagePlan and Manage• PartnersPartners• How much will this costHow much will this cost• CommunicationCommunication• WritingWriting
  7. 7. My Basic Rule of ThumbMy Basic Rule of Thumb Don’t write it unless you want to doDon’t write it unless you want to doa project anywaya project anyway• Does it match your organizationalDoes it match your organizationalmissionmission• Does it match your organization’sDoes it match your organization’scapacitycapacity• Is it realisticIs it realistic
  8. 8. Grant BasicsGrant Basics Idea must be credibleIdea must be credible Involve others and communicateInvolve others and communicate Use simple languageUse simple language• ((www.fightthebull.comwww.fightthebull.com)) Support what you saySupport what you say• Brief citationsBrief citations Be positiveBe positive Be specificBe specific
  9. 9. Grant Basics (cont.)Grant Basics (cont.) Don’t be boringDon’t be boring• data,facts, human elementdata,facts, human element• words & graphswords & graphs Answer the questionsAnswer the questions Have someone read your draftHave someone read your draft Always AskAlways Ask• Who are you writing toWho are you writing to• What are you asking forWhat are you asking for
  10. 10. Grant SourcesGrant SourcesPublicPublic PrivatePrivateDetailed RFP’s*Detailed RFP’s* Few detailed RFP’sFew detailed RFP’sFormat is keyFormat is key General interestGeneral interestareasareasScored by reviewScored by reviewpanelpanelLetter of inquiry orLetter of inquiry orbrief proposalbrief proposalOrientationOrientationWorkshopsWorkshopsRelationships carryRelationships carrymore weight thanmore weight thanproposalsproposalsRFP’s Requests for ProposalsRFP’s Requests for Proposals
  11. 11. And Always RememberAnd Always Remember Victory doesn’t always go to theVictory doesn’t always go to thestrongest, swiftest or smarteststrongest, swiftest or smartest• Other organizations may have aOther organizations may have astronger relationship with a boardstronger relationship with a board(private)(private)• Geographic distribution, diversity ofGeographic distribution, diversity ofapproaches or diversity of fundeesapproaches or diversity of fundees• Politics do sometimes come into playPolitics do sometimes come into play
  12. 12. Web Sites for ResearchWeb Sites for ResearchPublicPublic PrivatePrivatewww.cfda.govwww.cfda.gov www.guidestar.orgwww.guidestar.orgwww.grants.govwww.grants.gov www.grantsmart.orgwww.grantsmart.orgwww.firstgov.govwww.firstgov.govwww.usda.govwww.usda.govwww.fdncenter.orgwww.fdncenter.org
  13. 13. Web Sites for ResearchWeb Sites for ResearchData to support your assertions:Data to support your assertions:http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/federalfuhttp://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/federalfunds/nds/Distribution of Federal Funds toDistribution of Federal Funds toRural AreasRural Areashttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rd/nofas/indexhttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rd/nofas/index.html.htmlRural Development FundingRural Development FundingNoticeNoticehttp://www.kc.frb.org/RuralCenter/RuralMaihttp://www.kc.frb.org/RuralCenter/RuralMain.htmn.htmCenter for the Study of RuralCenter for the Study of RuralAmerica: Federal Reserve Bank ofAmerica: Federal Reserve Bank ofKansas CityKansas Cityhttp://http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ruralres/funding.htmwww.nal.usda.gov/ric/ruralres/funding.htmMost of the AboveMost of the Above
  14. 14. Bonus SectionBonus SectionPTFP & USDAPTFP & USDA
  15. 15. Public Telecommunications FacilitiesPublic Telecommunications FacilitiesProgram (PTFP)Program (PTFP) –National–NationalTelecommunications and InformationTelecommunications and InformationAdministration, U.S. Department ofAdministration, U.S. Department ofCommerce - Focus = EquipmentCommerce - Focus = EquipmentDistance Learning and TelemedicineDistance Learning and TelemedicineGrant Program (DLT)Grant Program (DLT) –Rural Utilities–Rural UtilitiesService, U.S. Department of AgricultureService, U.S. Department of Agriculture- Focus = Equipment- Focus = Equipment
  16. 16. PublicPublicTelecommunicationsTelecommunicationsFacilities ProgramFacilities Program(PTFP)(PTFP)Distance Learning GrantsDistance Learning Grants
  17. 17. Distance Learning GrantsDistance Learning Grants Activate Telecommunications FacilityActivate Telecommunications Facility Extend Telecommunications FacilityExtend Telecommunications Facility NOT “IMPROVE” (replace equipment)NOT “IMPROVE” (replace equipment) Must have television (video)Must have television (video)componentcomponent Videoconferencing equipmentVideoconferencing equipmentsupportedsupported NOT JUST INTERNET TEXT-BASEDNOT JUST INTERNET TEXT-BASEDLEARNINGLEARNING
  18. 18. Variety of TechnologiesVariety of Technologies Satellite InterconnectionSatellite Interconnection ITFS; MicrowaveITFS; Microwave Fiber; DS3; Telephone LinesFiber; DS3; Telephone Lines Internet; ATM/SONETInternet; ATM/SONET Cable channelCable channel Portion of Digital Broadcast SignalPortion of Digital Broadcast Signal
  19. 19. Distance Learning &Distance Learning &TelemedicineTelemedicineGrant and Loan ProgramsGrant and Loan ProgramsTelecommunications ProgramTelecommunications ProgramRural Utilities ServiceRural Utilities ServiceU. S. Department of AgricultureU. S. Department of Agriculture
  20. 20. Program PurposeProgram PurposeThe Distance Learning & TelemedicineThe Distance Learning & TelemedicineProgram is designed to encourage andProgram is designed to encourage andimprove distance learning andimprove distance learning andtelemedicine services in rural areastelemedicine services in rural areasthrough the use of telecommunications,through the use of telecommunications,computer networks, and related advancedcomputer networks, and related advancedtechnologies.technologies.
  21. 21. Applicant EligibilityApplicant Eligibility Deliver or proposing to deliverDeliver or proposing to deliverdistance learning or telemedicinedistance learning or telemedicineservicesservices Be an incorporated organization orBe an incorporated organization orpartnershippartnership An Indian tribe or tribal organization;An Indian tribe or tribal organization; A state or local unit of government, aA state or local unit of government, aconsortium; orconsortium; or
  22. 22. Applicant EligibilityApplicant Eligibility Other legal entity such as a privateOther legal entity such as a privatecorporation either not-for-profit orcorporation either not-for-profit orfor profitfor profit Be operating a rural communityBe operating a rural communityfacilityfacility Be delivering distance learning orBe delivering distance learning ortelemedicine services to entities attelemedicine services to entities atrates that ensure that the economicrates that ensure that the economicvalue and benefits of the DLT grantvalue and benefits of the DLT grantare passed on to other entities or toare passed on to other entities or toresidents of rural areasresidents of rural areas
  23. 23. Applicant Eligibility (cont.)Applicant Eligibility (cont.)NOTE:NOTE: RUS electric andRUS electric andtelecommunications borrowers aretelecommunications borrowers areeligible for loans onlyeligible for loans only
  24. 24. Rurality RequirementRurality RequirementRurality is significant in two ways .Rurality is significant in two ways .. .. .1.1. For project eligibility to qualifyFor project eligibility to qualifyfor the DLT Programfor the DLT Program2.2. As a scoring criterion to rankAs a scoring criterion to rankeligible projectseligible projects
  25. 25. Rurality RequirementRurality RequirementTo Qualify for the DLT Program . .To Qualify for the DLT Program . ...A project must meet a minimumA project must meet a minimumeligibility of 20 points based on aeligibility of 20 points based on arurality calculation that determinesrurality calculation that determinesthe extent to which a project servesthe extent to which a project servesrural areas.rural areas.
  26. 26. Rurality RequirementRurality RequirementAs a Scoring Criterion . .As a Scoring Criterion . . ..Once it is determined that a projectOnce it is determined that a projectserves a rural area, the project mayserves a rural area, the project maybe awarded points based on thebe awarded points based on therelative rurality of a project’s servicerelative rurality of a project’s servicearea.area.
  27. 27. Rurality RequirementRurality RequirementCalculation & ConsiderationsCalculation & Considerations Each end-user site will receiveEach end-user site will receivepoints. The final score is thepoints. The final score is theaverage score for all end-user sitesaverage score for all end-user sitesincluded in the project.included in the project. If the hub is utilized as an end-userIf the hub is utilized as an end-usersite & hub – the hub must besite & hub – the hub must beincluded as one of the end-userincluded as one of the end-usersites for the rurality calculationsites for the rurality calculation A project’s rurality calculation mustA project’s rurality calculation mustbe based on the 2000 U.S. Censusbe based on the 2000 U.S. Censusdatadata
  28. 28. Rurality Calculation TableRurality Calculation Table Exceptionally RuralExceptionally Rural 4545pointspoints(population 5,000 or less)(population 5,000 or less) Rural AreaRural Area 30 points30 points(population: 5,001 - 10,000)(population: 5,001 - 10,000) Mid-Rural AreaMid-Rural Area 15 points15 points(population: 10,001 - 20,000)(population: 10,001 - 20,000) Urban AreaUrban Area 00pointspoints
  29. 29. DLT Grant ProgramDLT Grant Program• Seven Scoring CriteriaSeven Scoring Criteria4 Objective & 3 Subjective4 Objective & 3 Subjective• Competitive process based onCompetitive process based onpoints scoredpoints scored• Total possible points - 225Total possible points - 225
  30. 30. Grant ProgramGrant Program Objective Scoring CriteriaObjective Scoring Criteria• Comparative Rurality of the Project ServiceComparative Rurality of the Project ServiceArea (Up to 45 Points)Area (Up to 45 Points)• Ability to Leverage ResourcesAbility to Leverage Resources(15 % minimum match) (Up to 35 Points)(15 % minimum match) (Up to 35 Points)NOTE: Although 15% makes you eligible it willNOTE: Although 15% makes you eligible it willtake 50% to be competitivetake 50% to be competitive• Economic Need of the Applicant’s Service AreaEconomic Need of the Applicant’s Service Areaas estimated by the National School Lunchas estimated by the National School LunchProgram (NSLP) (Up to 35 Points)Program (NSLP) (Up to 35 Points)• Project Participation in EnterpriseProject Participation in EnterpriseZone/Empowerment communities (EZ/ECs)Zone/Empowerment communities (EZ/ECs)and Champion Communitiesand Champion Communities(Up to 15 Points).(Up to 15 Points).
  31. 31. Grant ProgramGrant Program Subjective Scoring Criteria:Subjective Scoring Criteria:• Innovativeness (Up to 15 Points)Innovativeness (Up to 15 Points)• Cost Effectiveness of the SystemCost Effectiveness of the System(Up to 35 Points)(Up to 35 Points)• Need for Services and BenefitsNeed for Services and BenefitsDerived from Services (Up to 55Derived from Services (Up to 55Points)Points)
  32. 32. Grant Eligible PurposesGrant Eligible Purposes- Acquiring (lease or purchase)Acquiring (lease or purchase)eligible equipment. Eligibleeligible equipment. Eligibleequipment means:equipment means:• computer hardware and softwarecomputer hardware and software• audio or video equipmentaudio or video equipment• computer network componentscomputer network components• telecommunications terminaltelecommunications terminalequipmentequipment• data terminal equipmentdata terminal equipment• inside wiringinside wiring• interactive video equipmentinteractive video equipment
  33. 33. Grant Eligible PurposesGrant Eligible Purposes- Acquiring instructionalAcquiring instructionalprogramming.programming.• Educational material, including computerEducational material, including computersoftware, which would be used forsoftware, which would be used foreducational purposes in connection witheducational purposes in connection witheligible equipment buteligible equipment but does not includedoes not includesalaries, benefits, and overhead ofsalaries, benefits, and overhead ofmedical or educational personnel.medical or educational personnel.
  34. 34. Grant Eligible PurposesGrant Eligible PurposesLimited to 10% of the GrantLimited to 10% of the Grant− Technical AssistanceTechnical Assistance• Assistance in learning to manage,Assistance in learning to manage,operate, or use equipment oroperate, or use equipment orsystemssystems• Studies, analyses, designs,Studies, analyses, designs,reports, manuals, guides,reports, manuals, guides,literature, or other forms ofliterature, or other forms ofcreating, acquiring, orcreating, acquiring, ordisseminating information.disseminating information.• Instruction for using eligibleInstruction for using eligibleequipment, including any relatedequipment, including any related
  35. 35. Grant Eligible PurposesGrant Eligible PurposesLimited to 10% of the GrantLimited to 10% of the Grant- DevelopingDeveloping instructionalinstructionalprogrammingprogramming- Providing engineering orProviding engineering orenvironmental studies relatingenvironmental studies relatingto the establishment orto the establishment orexpansion of the phase of theexpansion of the phase of theproject being financed with theproject being financed with thegrant.grant.
  36. 36. Ineligible Grant Purposes IncludeIneligible Grant Purposes Include Salaries, wages, or employee benefitsSalaries, wages, or employee benefitsto medical or educational personnelto medical or educational personnel Salaries or administrative expenses ofSalaries or administrative expenses ofthe applicant or the projectthe applicant or the project Acquisition, installation, or constructionAcquisition, installation, or constructionof telecommunications transmissionof telecommunications transmissionfacilitiesfacilities Site development and the destruction orSite development and the destruction oralteration of buildingsalteration of buildings The purchase land or buildings or forThe purchase land or buildings or forbuilding constructionbuilding construction
  37. 37. DLT Grant ProgramDLT Grant ProgramFY 2005FY 2005 Application WindowApplication WindowNot open yet – I think it will beNot open yet – I think it will beearly this yearearly this year Competitive Application ProcessCompetitive Application Process 15% Required Matching15% Required MatchingContribution 50% needed to beContribution 50% needed to becompetitivecompetitive $50,000 Minimum/$500,000$50,000 Minimum/$500,000MaximumMaximum
  38. 38. Grant ProgramGrant ProgramFY 2003FY 2003 266 Applications received266 Applications received 234 Eligible for review234 Eligible for review 84 Grant Recipients - $32.584 Grant Recipients - $32.5millionmillion 57 Educational & 27 Medical57 Educational & 27 MedicalProjectsProjects
  39. 39. Grant ProgramGrant ProgramFY 2004FY 2004 329 Applications received329 Applications received 274 Eligible for review274 Eligible for review 66 Awards $24 million66 Awards $24 million
  40. 40. Where From Here?• What is your vision• Survey info• Commitment and Support Letters• Equipment Specs and pricing• Budget• Government Obligation Documents• USDA = paper application• Commerce = paper + electronic