Comments Due July 30: U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Priorities for Competitive Grant Programs

July 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed six priorities and related definitions to be used in upcoming discretionary, competitive grant programs, including TRIO. Read more details and submit a comment here.

Note that once finalized, the Secretary may choose to include an entire priority within a grant program or one or more of its subparts. These new proposed priorities and definitions are intended to replace current supplemental priorities published in 2018, 2019, and 2020. (Note, however, that these priorities will remain in effect for notices inviting applications (NIAs) published before the Department finalizes the proposed priorities in this notice.)

The Department's new Proposed Priorities are:

  • 1) Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Students, Educators, and Faculty.
  • 2) Promoting Equity in Student Access to Educational Resources, Opportunities, and Welcoming Environments.
  • 3) Supporting a Diverse Educator Workforce and Professional Growth to Strengthen Student Learning.
  • 4) Meeting Student Social, Emotional, and Academic Needs.
  • 5) Increasing Postsecondary Education Access, Affordability, Completion, and Post-Enrollment Success.
  • 6) Strengthening Cross-Agency Coordination and Community Engagement to Advance Systemic Change.

These are open for public comment through July 30, 2021.