Thirteen historically black colleges and universities will share a $10.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant money will be used by the colleges and universities to help revitalize impoverished areas surrounding their campuses. Dillard and Xavier universities in New Orleans will each receive $2 million to help in the restoration of neighborhoods of New Orleans devastated by flooding following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Other universities participating in the grant include North Carolina A&T State University, Howard University, Morris College, Benedict College, Norfolk State University, Southern University-Baton Rouge, Alabama A&M University, Morgan State University, C.A. Field Technical College, Langston University, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Grants to each of these educational institutions range from $429,600 to $600,000.

• The Department of Education issued $50 million in grants to colleges and universities that were damaged by hurricanes in the fall of 2005. Among the institutions receiving funds were several historically black institutions: Dillard University ($7.5 million), Xavier University ($5.3 million), Southern University of New Orleans ($1.5 million), Bishop State Community College ($247,644), and Jackson State University ($80,746).