New CARES-funded grant program for colleges

U.S. Education Department (Photo: Matthew Dembicki)

The U.S. Education Department (ED) on Wednesday announced new grants that colleges and universities with the greatest unmet need related to COVID-19 can use for an array of purposes, including improved disease prevention and distance learning.

The Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity program, which is funded by the CARES Act, also will give priority to applicants who plan to expand dual enrollment to students who live or attend high school in a federal Opportunity Zone or rural community.

Proposals will receive additional consideration if they are led by, or include as partners, historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, minority-serving institutions, and/or developing institutions that are eligible to participate in Title III or Title V programs.

Grant applications will be available within two weeks and due with 60 days of publication in the Federal Register, according to the department.

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