Title III Office

The purpose of the Title III Office is to provide leadership and coordination of the Title III and SAFRA program activities. The Title III Office provides effective management and coordination of the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements of the overall Title III/SAFRA Program grant. The office serves as a liaison between Virginia Union University and the U.S. Department of Education. A key aspect of this responsibility is managing the grant budget to ensure that funds appropriated for allowable activities are expended according to institutional policies and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and the Uniform Guidance (also referred to as 2 CFR Part 200) and that documentation of achievement of activity objectives is sufficient to eliminate audit exceptions.

Unallowable Activities

Under 34 CFR Section 608.10, the following are unallowable activities:

(1) Activities that are not included in the grantee’s approved application;

(2) Activities described in paragraph (a)(12) of this section that are not approved by the Secretary;

(3) Activities that are inconsistent with any State plan of higher education that is applicable to the institution

(4) Activities that are inconsistent with a State plan for desegregation of higher education that is applicable to the institution;

(5) Activities or services that relate to sectarian instruction or religious worship; and

(6) 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.

Other Limitations

Funds awarded under the Strengthening HBCUs Program must be used to supplement, and to the extent practical, increase funds that would otherwise be made available for the purpose listed in 608.10 of the program regulations and in no case supplant 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 costs 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 HBCUs Program are strongly advised to carefully read the applicable program regulations.