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Education Pilots a New Electronic Grant Application Package

On February 7, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off a pilot of its new Electronic Grant Application Package System, "e-GAPS." Programs now participating in the pilot, which allows applicants to prepare & submit proposals online, include:

* the Office of Bilingual Education & Minority Languages Affairs' Bilingual Education Systemwide Improvement Grants

* 4 programs in the Office of Postsecondary Education -- Strengthening Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges & Universities, Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, & Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions.

Three additional programs will participate in the pilot later this year:

* the Office of Vocational & Adult Education's Literacy Program Prisoners/Life Skills

* 2 programs in the Office of Educational Research & Improvement -- Eisenhower Regional Math & Science & Regional Technology Technical Assistance Consortia.

Applicants may use the e-GAPS website to update, delete, and view existing grant applications, & to check the status of applications they've already submitted. The "Quick Start Guide" at the e-GAPS website walks visitors through the application process, & numerous links are provided to help potential applicants in applying for a grant. Education officials anticipate that half the Department's competitions will use e-GAPS in fiscal year 2001 (beginning October 1, 2000), with all competitions using it in fiscal year 2002. For details, please visit e-Grants and select "e-GAPS."

You'll find a Quick Start Guide that can be printed. The guide walks you through the site and provides background information on the purpose and scope of the pilot, including future plans.

For More Information

Rebecca Harding
GAPs Project Manager
(202) 205-0707