Indian Adult Education


To improve the educational opportunities for Indian adults who lack the level of literacy skills necessary for effective citizenship and productive employment and to encourage the establishment of adult education programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 Indian Affairs (IA) successfully fulfilled program objective; 16 Self-Determination awards issued to Indian Tribes in FY 20.
Fiscal Year 2021 Indian Affairs issued 19 new awards and modifications to existing awards to 17 recipients.
Fiscal Year 2022 Awards 2 grants to entities to complete the goals and objectives of the program.
Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended; Public Law 103-413, Title II Tribal Self-Governance Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and members of American Indian Tribes.
Initial application must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Initial applications must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed applications should be submitted to the local BIA agency or area office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
The dollar value of the awards depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the individual Tribe through tribal participation in the BIA's budget formulation process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR Part 900.
Awards may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor/grantee. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award. The amount of the award may be adjusted as a result of individual tribal priorities established in the budget formulation process.
How are proposals selected?
All applicants meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected.
How may assistance be used?
All funds must be for direct services. Funds may not be used for administration.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See BIE Education Line Officers' addresses in Catalog Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
James Martin
1849 C Street
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: (202) 208-5810
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$96,695.00; FY 23 est $347,340.00; FY 24 est $400,000.00; FY 21$2,171,198.00; FY 20$906,874.00; FY 19$448,539.00; FY 18$914,987.00; FY 16 FY 17 - Budget Fiscal Year 2024 estimate based on prior year appropriations and expenditures.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $100 to $297,000; Average $35,900.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR, Part 46; 25 CFR, Part 900.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2023 Projects funded provided tribes with resources to obtain the objectives of this program.


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