State or Federal?
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Partnership grants provides funding to eligible entities to support and maintain a commitment to eligible low-income students, assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent), and assist students in preparing for and succeeding in postsecondary education.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools, Local Public Agencies
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are partnerships consisting of at least one degree-granting institution of higher education (IHE) and at least one local educational agency (LEA). Partnerships may include not less than two other community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional organizations, state agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program, or other public or private agencies or organizations.

Required services under this program are:
- Providing financial aid information for postsecondary education
- Encouraging enrollment in rigorous and challenging coursework in order to reduce the need for remediation at the postsecondary level
- Implementing activities to improve the number of participating students who obtain a secondary school diploma and who complete applications for and enroll in a program of postsecondary education

This opportunity contains one absolute priority with four categories. Each category has different priorities within it.

To meet the absolute priority, applicants must address at least one priority area in at least three of the four categories. Applicants may choose to address additional activities or all four categories, but they will not receive additional points doing so.

The four categories are:
Category 1: Fostering flexible and affordable paths to obtaining knowledge and skills
Category 2: Promoting science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) education, with a particular focus on computer science
Category 3: Protecting freedom of speech and encouraging respectful interactions in a safe educational environment, or fostering knowledge and promoting the development of skills that prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals and citizens
Category 4: Fostering knowledge and promoting the development of skills that prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals and citizens
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jul 13, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jun 07, 2018
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Match Required?
Match Notes
Cost sharing or matching must be no less than 50% of the cost of the program. This can be provided in cash or through in-kind match.
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
There is $64,833,000 available for new GEAR UP Partnership awards from the $350,000,000 available for the GEAR UP FY 2018 program overall.

The estimated average size of awards is $1.2 million.

The maximum award is $800 per student for a single budget of 12 months. Applications that request more than the maximum amount may be penalized. Additionally, no funding will be awarded for increases in an approved budget after the first 12-month budget.
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