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Grants to USA IHEs to Develop a Center for Educational
and Professional Excellence to Benefit Black Teachers

Higher Education Program (HEP): Center of Educational Excellence for Black Teachers Program at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (CEEBT Program)

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U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

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11/29/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA historically Black colleges and universities to develop a center for educational excellence that will provide professional services and professional development for Black teachers. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

In alignment with the Department’s strategic goal for a more diverse educator workforce, the CEEBT program is designed to support one or more model centers of educational excellence at HBCUs to help increase the number of well-prepared Black teachers who teach in the Nation’s elementary and secondary schools. This program focuses on the various aspects of the teacher preparation pipeline, including the recruitment, preparation, support, and placement of Black teachers.

Accordingly, this program encourages HBCUs to develop and enhance a center of educational excellence that will implement outreach, recruitment, preparation, and support of Black teachers in subject areas that are of critical need in schools (e.g., math, science, special education, multilingual education, career and technical education).

HBCUs are positioned to enhance and develop high-quality programs that improve the preparation, support, and ultimately the retention of Black teachers in critical shortage subject areas. This program is a comprehensive approach to support multiple levels of the educational pipeline leading to educational success.

Absolute Priority: This priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), only applications that meet this priority will be considered. This priority is: Projects that are evidence-based comprehensive teacher preparation programs (including extensive clinical experience).

To meet this priority, the applicant must describe its record in graduating highly skilled and well-prepared Black teachers. The applicant must also address how it will prepare teacher candidates to—

(a) Create safe, healthy, inclusive, asset-based (i.e., focusing on students’ strengths), and productive classroom environments designed to reduce bias, and increase engagement and belonging;

(b) Integrate universal design for learning principles in pedagogical practices and classroom features;

(c) Design and deliver instruction in ways that are engaging and provide students with opportunities to think critically and solve complex problems, apply learning in authentic and real-world settings, communicate and collaborate effectively, and develop academic mindsets, including through project-based, work-based, or other experiential learning opportunities;

(d) Address inequities and bias and develop racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically inclusive pedagogy; and

(e) Build meaningful and trusting relationships with students’ families to support in-home, community-based, and in-school learning.

Competitive Preference Priorities: These priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award up to an additional 20 points to an application, depending on how well the application meets these priorities. An applicant may address one, two, or all three competitive preference priorities.These priorities are:

Competitive Preference Priority 1— Projects that are Designed to Increase the Number of Well-prepared Black Male Teachers

Competitive Preference Priority 2—Increasing the Number of Teachers with Full Certification in a Teacher Shortage Area

Competitive Preference Priority 3—Increasing Postsecondary Education Access for Undergraduate Students Seeking To Become Teachers

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GrantWatch ID#: 199473

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,980,000

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive a grant under this program, an institution must—
(a) Satisfy section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA); and
(b) Have a State recognized teacher preparation program.
2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost sharing or matching.
b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This competition involves supplement-not supplant funding requirements, under the waiver authority of section 437(d)(1) of GEPA. Grant funds must be used so that they supplement and, to the extent practical, increase the funds that would otherwise be available for the activities to be carried out under this grant.
c. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This program uses the waiver authority of section 437(d)(1) of GEPA to limit a grantee’s indirect cost reimbursement to eight percent (8%) of a modified total direct cost base.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications available: October 29, 2021.
Deadline for transmittal of applications: November 29, 2021.

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must—
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (, the Government’s primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the following website:
webform. A DUNS number can be created within one to two business days. If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the IRS or the Social Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, please allow two to five weeks for your TIN to become active.

The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the database.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Julius C Cotton
ED FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6288
Program Manager:
Ms. Wendy Lawrence,
U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 2C201,
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
Telephone: (202) 453-7821.

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