April 29, 2019
Late last week, the U.S. Department of Education issued Grant Award Notifications (GANs) to TRIO Upward Bound projects for the 2019-2020 program year The GANs reflected a 4.5% increase in each project’s base funding. There is no expectation that any program would be required to increase the number of students served. As Congress provided TRIO with a $50 million funding increase for FY 2019, which funds the 2019-2020 program year, this 4.5 percent increase — when applied to all TRIO programs — would consume about $44 million to $45 million in spending. This would mean that $45 million of the $50 million increase in funds appropriated for TRIO in FY 19 would be accounted for. Also, it appears that the STEM initiative that allowed Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science projects to apply for $40,000 (totaling $24 million) for STEM supplemental activities in FY 2018 will be extended to Talent Search projects in FY 2019. COE will host a call in the coming weeks to help advise Talent Search projects how best to proceed in applying for these funds. Details regarding this call will be shared soon.
Meanwhile, tomorrow Congress will turn its attention to FY 2020 as the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations “marks up” its FY 2020 bill at 4pm (Eastern). Just a few weeks ago, the Subcommittee heard testimony from COE’s inaugural Thomas R. Wolanin Congressional Intern, Brandy Dailey, an alumna of the TRIO Talent Search program at the University of Arkansas, about the importance of increasing funding for TRIO. A live stream of the Subcommittee markup may be viewed online by clicking here.