Indian Education -- Special Programs for Indian Children


To support projects (1) to develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve educational opportunities and achievement of Indian children; and (2) to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in teaching or other education professions that serve Indian people, to provide training to qualified Indian individuals to enable such individuals to become teachers, administrators, teacher aides, social workers, and ancillary educational personnel, and to improve the skills of qualified Indian individuals who serve in education professions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VII, Part A, Subpart 2.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For Demonstration grants, eligible applicants include State educational agencies (SEAs); local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; Indian tribes; Indian organizations; federally supported elementary or secondary schools for Indian students (including Department of the Interior/Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools); Indian institutions (including Indian institutions of higher education); or a consortium of any of these entities. For Professional Development grants, eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, including Indian institutions of higher education; State educational agencies (SEAs) or local educational agencies (LEAs) in consortium with an institution of higher education; Indian tribes or organizations in consortium with an institution of higher education; and Department of the Interior/Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools in consortium with an institution of higher education. LEAs include charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law.
Beneficiary Eligibility
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Successful applicants are subject to the requirement of applicable OMB Circulars on grant award agreements.
Award Procedure
The Department awards these grants on a competitive basis. Applications are reviewed and ranked by a panel of outside reviewers. The program office notifies successful and unsuccessful applicants of awards and awards grants. Contact the program office for more information.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60-120 days following the application deadline.
Not Applicable.
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to four years. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of appropriations and substantial progress by the grantee.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are contained in EDGAR and 34 CFR 263; contact the program office for additional information.
How may assistance be used?
Under the absolute priorities that the Department has implemented for this program, grants support early childhood and kindergarten projects, high school projects that aim to aid students in the transition from secondary to postsecondary education, Native youth community projects to support community-driven, comprehensive projects to help American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children become college- and career-ready, and professional development projects that increase the number and skills of qualified Indian teachers and administrators who serve Indian people.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Each eligible entity receiving a grant under this program annual must submit to the Secretary an annual report of its operations and activities. Each annual report must include: (1) An executive summary; (2) project status; (3) budget information; and (4) supplemental information. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits may be conducted by the Department's Office of Inspector General staff make site visits. Audits are periodic with no set schedule.
In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain records must be retained for 3 years after the end of the grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made for a period of up to 4 years; continuations awards are contingent on performance and to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Joyce Silverthorne Office of Indian Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202)401-0767
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $17,993,000; FY 15 est $17,993,000; and FY 16 est $67,993,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See 34 CFR 263
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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