[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 17 (Thursday, January 26, 1995)]
[Pages 5170-5171]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-2004]



[CFDA No. 252]

Notice Inviting Applications for Designation as an Urban Grant 
Institution Under the Urban Community Service Program

    Purpose: The Urban Community Service Program provides grants to 
institutions of higher education (IHEs) which have been designated 
urban grant institutions to devise and implement solutions to pressing 
and severe urban problems. The purpose of this notice is to invite 
requests for designation as an urban grant institution. Only IHEs with 
standing as urban grant institutions are eligible to apply for a grant 
under the Urban Community Service Program. Institutions seeking 
designation must submit an application to the Department by the 
deadline date set forth in this notice. All institutions determined to 
be eligible in 1992, 1993 or 1994 which intend to apply for a grant 
must first be re-designated. Once an IHE has been found eligible 
through this revised designation process, it need not apply for 
designation again. IHEs with ongoing UCS grants will retain their 
eligibility until their grants expire and should not apply for re-
designation until that time. Requests for designation will be accepted 
each year. Institutions which for any reason are not named urban grant 
institutions this year may submit applications for designation in 
future years. A list of urban grant institutions will be published in 
the Federal Register.
    Congress appropriated $13 million for grants in Fiscal Year 1995. 
The Department will hold a competition for new awards later in the 
fiscal year. A separate notice inviting applications for grants from 
designated urban grant institutions will be published shortly which 
will announce the closing date and other important information 
concerning grant applications.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 1, 1995.
    Applications Available: January 31, 1995.
    Eligibility Information: To qualify as an urban grant institution, 
an IHE must demonstrate that it meets statutory requirements specified 
in Title XI, Part A, of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 
[[Page 5171]] as amended (HEA). These requirements provide that an 
eligible applicant be either--
    (a) A nonprofit municipal university, established by the governing 
body of the city in which it is located, and operating as of July 23, 
1992; or
    (b) An institution of higher education, or a consortium of such 
institutions any one of which meets all of the following requirements--
    (1) It is located in an urban area. The term ``urban area'' means--
    (i) A metropolitan area having a population of not less than 
    (ii) Two contiguous metropolitan areas having a combined total 
population of not less than 350,000; or
    (iii) In States without an urban area meeting either of the above 
criteria, the urban area designated by the Secretary.
    (2) It draws a substantial portion (at least 40%) of its 
undergraduate students from the urban area in which it is located or 
from contiguous areas.
    (3) It carries out programs to make postsecondary educational 
opportunities more accessible to residents of the urban area or 
contiguous areas.
    (4) It has the present capacity to provide resources responsive to 
the needs and priorities of the urban area and contiguous areas.
    (5) It offers a range of professional, technical, or graduate 
programs sufficient to sustain the capacity of the institution to 
provide these resources.
    (6) It has demonstrated and sustained a sense of responsibility to 
the urban area and contiguous areas and the people in those areas.
    Applicable Regulations: 34 CFR Part 636.
    For Applications or Information Contact: Sarah Babson, Division of 
Higher Education Incentive Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 600 
Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-5329. Telephone: 
(202) 260-3472. You are encouraged to fax your requests for 
applications to (202) 260-7615. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including 
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can 
be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), 
telephone (202) 260-9950; or on the Internet Gopher Server at 
GOPHER.ED.GOV (under Announcements, Bulletins and Press Releases). 
However, the official application notice for a discretionary grant 
competition is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1136-1136h.

    Dated: January 20, 1995.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 95-2004 Filed 1-25-95; 8:45 am]