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HACU Member Advisory--May 25, 2004

 Deadline June 25 for HUD’s HSIAC grants

The deadline is June 25 for Hispanic-Serving Institutions to apply for approximately $7 million in federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 grants available through the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HACU encourages HSIs to apply for this important funding to address community development needs. Please forward this Advisory to appropriate staff and program directors.

To find out more about this program and to download application materials, please visit the web page of HUD’s Office of University Partnerships (OUP) at www.oup.org/about/grants.html, email oup@oup.org, or call the University Partnerships Clearinghouse at (800) 245-2691.

HSIAC program grant recipients in FY 2003 attracted funding for economic and community development projects ranging from new construction and programs to enhancement of ongoing initiatives providing support for literacy and language, workforce development, youth development, business development and support services and computer technology.

For example:

  • California State University at Bakersfield is using its FY 2003 HSIAC grant to establish a family resource center that will include a literacy center and “Champ Camp,” an education and social development program for underserved homeless and low-income youth.
  • An HSIAC-funded initiative at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley, targets literacy and language, workforce development, youth development and computer technology needs of border “colonia” residents.
  • Lehman College of the City University of New York is creating new business development and economic development data resources, providing classrooms for electrical and plumbing education, and training after-school supervisors to teach a bilingual Health Promotion Life Skills program.
  • Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in Puerto Rico is building the UMET Community Outreach Partnership Center to provide community support for:  career development and placement, adult education and wellness development activities.
  • Midland College in Texas is leading an initiative that will build affordable housing and train community members for entry-level construction industry jobs, as well as a Business and Economic Development Center Services initiative that will implement mini-MBA seminar series for small-business owners and individualized services to business incubator clients.

Please note that HACU is seeking substantial increases in future HUD funding for the HSIAC program for FY 2005 and within the pending five-year reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

HACU urges your attendance and the attendance of your grant and program administrators at HACU’s 18th Annual Conference October 16-19 in Miami, Florida, a crucial national platform to advocate for increased funding for this and other important grant resources for HSIs. Please visit www.hacu.net for 18th Annual Conference information and online registration forms.

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