Every application is subject to a preliminary screening to determine the degree to which the application meets the program's published criteria. The priorities of the program will be published in the Federal Register and other program guidance. A panel of subject matter experts then reviews the applications that best address the program's priorities. The panel rates each application based on how clearly the applicant's project narrative explains: 1) the proposed use of funds, 2) the applicant's financial need, and 3) the benefits to be derived from the project costs. The applications with the highest rating from the panels were recommended for award.