Office of English Language Acquisition, Department of Education.
Notice of intent to fund down the grant slate for the Foreign Language Assistance program.
The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed for the Foreign Language Assistance program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 to make new grant awards in FY 2004. The Secretary takes this action because a significant number of high-quality applications remain on the last year's grant slate and limited funding is available for new grant awards in FY 2004.Start Further Info
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On May 9, 2003, we published a notice in the Federal Register (68 FR 24978) inviting applications for new awards under the Foreign Language Assistance program. This notice indicated that the selection criteria, competitive preference priorities, and application requirements contained in the notice would apply to the FY 2003 grant competition only.
We received a significant number of applications for grants under the Foreign Language Assistance program in Start Printed Page 18362FY 2003 and made 74 new grants. Because such a large number of high-quality applications were received, many applications that were awarded high scores by peer reviewers did not receive funding last year.
Limited funding is available for new awards under this program in FY 2004. In order to conserve funding that would have been required for a peer review of new applications submitted under the program, we intend to select grantees in FY 2004 from the existing slate of applicants. This slate was developed during the FY 2003 competition using the selection criteria, competitive preference priorities, and application requirements included in the May 9, 2003 notice. No changes to selection criteria, competitive preference priorities, or application requirements will be required by this action.
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Dated: April 1, 2004.
Principal Associate Deputy Under Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students.
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