Unallowable HBCU and HBGI Activities

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    • Activities that are not included in the grantee’s approved application;
    • Activities described in paragraph (a)(12) of section 608.10 that are not approved by the Secretary;
    • Activities described in paragraph (a)(12) of section 609.10 that are  not approved by the Secretary;
    • Activities which are inconsistent with any State plan for desegregation of high education to the institution;
    • Activities which are inconsistent with a State plan for desegregation of higher education that is applicable to the institution;
    • Activities or services that relate to sectarian instruction or religious worship;
    • Activities provided by a school or department of divinity.  For the purpose of this section, a “school or department of divinity” means an institution, or a department of an institution whose program is specifically for the education of students to prepare them to become ministers of religion or to enter upon some other religious vocation, or to prepare them to teach theological subjects; and
    • No award under this part may be used for telecommunications technology equipment, facilities or services, if such equipment, facilities or services are available pursuant to section 396(k) of the Communications Act of 1934.

    Other Limitations

    Funds awarded under the HBCU and HBGI Programs must be used to Supplement and to extent practical, increase funds that would otherwise be made available for the purpose listed in 608.10 and 609 of the program regulations and in no caseSupplant those funds.

    Supplement is defined as using grant funds to correct a deficiency in an existing activity or service, or to improve, enrich, or enhance an existing service or activity through the addition of new services or activities.

    Supplant is defined as substituting grant funds to pay for personnel, activities, services, or other cost that were supported from other sources prior to the receipt of a grant or such costs that are contained in the current institutional budget.

    A grantee shall not use more than fifty percent of its grant for constructing or maintaining a classroom, laboratory or other instructional facility.

    Applicants for a grant under the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program and the Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions Program are strongly advised to carefully read the regulations applicable to the program. These regulations are the Institution Aid – Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program regulations (34 CFR 608), and Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institution Program regulations (34 CFR 609).