Legislation, Regulations and Guidance


Program Authority: Title IV, Part B of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (20 U.S.C. 7171-7176).

The authorizing legislation can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/documents/essa-act-of-1965.pdf (see pages 233 through 244 of the legislation).

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title IV, Part B

Title IV, Part B, statute


Final regulations to implement Executive branch policy that, within the framework of constitutional church-state guidelines, religiously affiliated (or “faith-based”) organizations should be able to compete on an equal footing with other organizations for funding by the U.S. Department of Education are available.

Uniform Grant Guidance

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

It was published in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 75871) on December 19, 2014, and became effective for new and continuation awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Please note the new regulations do not affect grant funds awarded prior to December 26, 2014, unless funds made available under those grants are carried forward into a new Federal fiscal year or a continuation grant.

If you have questions about ED’s implementation and training efforts related to the Uniform Guidance, please email them to UniformGrantGuidanceImplementation@ed.gov.

Non-Regulatory Guidance

21st Century Community Learning Centers Non-Regulatory Guidance (February 2003) PDF (757K)

Please check periodically for updates.

Returning Federal Funds and Interest

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Payment Management System – Program Support Center (PSC) has recently updated information addressing the return of Federal funds and interest earned from Federal grant drawdowns. This information has been posted on the G5 News and Events page, and supersedes applicable content in section 6.4.1, Excessive Drawdown, of the Handbook for the Discretionary Grant Process. PDF


Last Modified: 01/27/2021