Promote the Survival and Continuing Vitality of Native American Languages


The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) offers two Native Language programs under this assistance listing to support Native Americans to ensure the survival and vitality of Native American languages. This program area is divided into two categories: (1) Native Language Preservation and Maintenance and (2) Esther Martinez Immersion. The Language Preservation and Maintenance Grants are 12, 24 or 36-month projects that enable communities to conduct a broad range of projects including teacher credentialing, language instruction, language resource developments, language assessments, and other projects that support the communities? long-term language preservation goals. The Esther Martinez Immersion Grants are 36-month projects that will be awarded to applicants that meet the statutory requirements for immersion projects with language nests or language survival schools in accordance with P.L. 109-394. ANA supports locally determined projects that achieve community goals through specific, measurable outcomes. In an effort to perpetuate language preservation efforts for Native communities, if appropriate, all ANA funded language projects should identify opportunities for the replication or modification of such project for use by other Native Americans; and include a plan for the preservation of the products of the Native American language project for the benefit of future generations of Native Americans and other interested persons.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that 60 grants will be awarded. 52 grants were awarded. In FY 2016 ANA funded 15 new awards (10 Preservation & Maintenance and 5 Esther Martinez Immersion), with 37 continuations.
Fiscal Year 2017 Preservation & Maintenance: 22 Continuations and 5 New Awards. Esther Martinez Immersion: 11 Continuations and 3 New Awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 Preservation & Maintenance: 14 Continuations and 10 New Awards. Esther Martinez Immersion: 10 Continuations and 8 New Awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 Preservation & Maintenance: 18 Continuations and 10 New Awards. Esther Martinez Immersion: 9 Continuations and 8 New Awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is anticipated that 45 New and Continuation awards for Native Language Preservation & Maintenance and Esther Martinez Immersion will be made in FY2020.
Public Law 109-349
Native Americans Programs Act (NAPA) of 1974, Part 42 U.S.C. 2991b-3, as amended, Section 803C(a) and (b)(7)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Incorporated non-federally recognized Tribes Incorporated state-recognized Indian Tribes Consortia of Indian Tribes Incorporated nonprofit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations Urban Indian Centers Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or nonprofit village consortia Nonprofit native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose, community-based organizations Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians, National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives, Public and nonprofit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Tribal Colleges and Universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serve Native American Pacific Islanders are eligible for funding under this program. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders will benefit.
Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status. For applicants that are not Tribes or Native Alaska villages, organizations applying for funding must show that a majority of board members are representative of a Native American community to be served. Applicants must submit documentation that identifies each board member by name and indicates his/her affiliation or relationship to at least one of ANA's three categories of community representation, which include: (1) members of federally or state-recognized tribes; (2) persons who are recognized by members of the eligible Native American community to be served as having a cultural relationship with that community; or (3) persons considered to be Native American as defined in 45 CFR SS 1336.10 and Native American Pacific Islanders as defined in Section 815 of the Native American Programs Act. Applicants that do not include this documentation will be considered non-responsive, and the application will not be considered for competition.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. All applicants must submit documentation demonstrating that the governing body of the organization on whose behalf the application is submitted approves the application’s submission to ANA for the current grant competition period. Please see the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for more information.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 45 CFR Part 75, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review. Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. See FOA for detailed information.
Award Procedure
Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and ranking are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ANA's staff will perform an internal review and analysis of the applications ranked highest as a result of the panel's review and scoring. This internal review is used to determine the application's consistency with the purposes of the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, and the requirements of the relevant Funding Opportunity Announcement. ANA's Commissioner has discretion to make all final funding and award decisions.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Applicants will receive notice of approval/disapproval approximately 120 days after receipt of application.
Appeals are only available for unsuccessful applicants upon a finding of ineligibility for funding and are subject to ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.35. For existing recipients, appeals in regards to disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
Non-competing continuations will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with grant terms and conditions and a determination that continuation funding is in the best interest of the federal government.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each FOA. In general, proposals are evaluated on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the FOA, project viability, community support, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.
How may assistance be used?
Grant awards under this program are for projects that contribute to the social development and self-sufficiency of native communities through the preservation and maintenance of Native American languages. ANA recognizes that applicants have varying levels of capacity and knowledge for language preservation and maintenance techniques and programs. Funds may be used for activities related to the preservation of Native American languages including: collecting and organizing data to assess a community's Native American language status; planning and implementing an immersion, master/apprentice, or distance learning model; training and certifying teachers, interpreters, or translators in a Native American language; developing, printing, and disseminating materials to be used for the teaching and enhancement of a Native American language. This is a discretionary grant program subject to restrictions at 45 CFR Part 75.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: ANA grantees are required to report project progress semi-annually using the Objective Progress Report (OPR) (OMB No. 0970-0452, expiration date 12/31/2020) in the GrantSolutions system which is submitted electronically. In addition, grantees will be required to submit an Annual Data Report (ADR) (OMB No. 0970-0475, expiration date 02/28/2022) to report project data once a year and at the end of the project period. ANA reviews grantee semiannual and annual reports to determine whether the grantee is meeting its project goal and objectives and completing activities identified in the Objective Work Plan (OWP) as well as to evaluate project effectiveness. If progress concerns are identified, ANA may require quarterly reports. In addition, ANA is required to describe and measure the impact of funded projects, their effectiveness in achieving stated goals, their impact on related programs, and when feasible, to obtain the views of persons participating in and served by funded projects. ANA carries out this requirement through review of grantee submitted reports and through the use of structured on-site interviews using a data collection tool (OMB No. 0970-0379, expiration date 06/30/2022).
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
Financial records, supporting documents and all other related records pertinent to ANA grants must be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-5.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 20%.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grantees may apply for non-competing continuation support within a project period. Preservation and Maintenance projects can be 12, 24 or 36 months, and Esther Martinez Immersion projects are 36-month grants. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Carmelia Strickland
Administration for Native Americans,
Administration for Children and Families,
Department of Health and Human Services,
330 C. St, SW.,
Switzer Building
Mailstop 4126
Washington , DC 20201 US
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$10,158,410.00; FY 19 est $11,768,118.00; FY 20 est $11,768,118.00; FY 17$10,142,892.00; FY 16$12,377,590.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100,000-$300,000. Average per Budget Period: $278,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
ANA regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 ANA intends to fund similar projects in FY 2016. Preservation and Maintenance Grantee: Sealaska Heritage Institute Project: Haa Shuka: Voices of our Ancestors through Our Elders, Current & Future Speakers Location: Juneau, Alaska Description: The goal of Haa Shuká is to increase Lingít, Xaad Kíl, and Sm'algyax apprentice proficiency by one sub-level. The larger community goal is to increase the overall strength and vitality of their Heritage languages. The organization is increasing the proficiency of language apprentices’ written and verbal language skills through Community Language Learner teams, community language sessions, listening to audio/visual recordings, and intensive immersion. Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) Grantee: Wopanaak Language and Cultural Weetyoo, Inc. Project: Mukayuhsak Weekuw: The Children's House, a Wopanaak-Montessori Location: Mashpee, Massachusetts Description: The project goal is to provide full-time language immersion through a Montessori-based language immersion school for students ages 7 and younger. The project will train and certify four individuals in the Montessori Method to become full-time Montessori teachers, and also pilot and grow the immersion school in accepting up to at least 35 students in Grades Pre-K through 1.
Fiscal Year 2017 Preservation and Maintenance Grantee: San Carlos Apache Tribe Project: Revitalizing Community Healing and Spiritual Well-Being through the Gift of Language: Preserving the Apache Language Demonstration Project Location: San Carlos Indian Reservation Description: The San Carlos Apache Tribe (the Tribe) were awarded a Preservation and Maintenance grant to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of the Apache Language. This project aims to 1) develop baseline data reflecting the status of the language by conducting a comprehensive door-to-door language assessment and key informant interviews to gauge community readiness in language learning; 2) develop, print, and disseminate materials to be used for the teaching and enhancement of the Apache language, promote language teacher development, and spur language learning in youth age 5-17; 3) compile, transcribe, and analyze oral testimony to record and preserve the Apache language. Esther Martinez Immersion Grantee: Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Project: Haa Yaakwdaat Lingit Yoo Xatangi Kudi, Our Yakutat Tlingit Language Nest Location: Yakutat, Alaska Description: Yakutat has not produced one first-language Lingi?t speaker in the last seven decades. The goal of this Esther Martinez Initiative project is to increase proficiency in youth ages 2-7 by establishing and operating a Lingi?t language nest. The community will also pilot and expand the current Lingi?t language resources and curriculum, compiling these lessons into a Teacher Workbook that will be available to second language Tlingit Language teachers regionally. Sustainability will be obtained through credentialing of language nest teachers as Child Care Associates. The project will continue to build the Lingi?t language proficiency of the Assistant Teachers, further propelling them into Advanced levels of fluency.
Fiscal Year 2019 Preservation and Maintenance Grantee: Euchee Language Project Inc. Project Title: "nÔ'y@thlEnEEnű OnÔTa: We Teach Our Yuchi Youth project". The Euchee Language Project, Inc. was awarded a Preservation and Maintenance grant to breathe life into the Yuchi language by growing new young speakers and developing their capacity to document the language and create resources. The project will achieve this by implementing a Youth and Elder program that will provide training for youth to support language learning and revitalization. The Program will focus on developing the youth as new speakers with additional expertise added in years two and three to include language documentation and resource development. Esther Martinez Initiate Grantee: Wopanaak Language and Cultural Weetyoo, Inc. Project Title: Mukayuhsak Weekuw Expansion Plan. Wopanaak Language and Cultural Weetyoo, Inc. was awarded an Esther Martinez Initiative grant to provide Mukayuhsak Weekuw language nest students with a new Grade 2 -Grade 4 language survival school -- The Weetumuw School -- to foster academic growth and social-emotional wellness so children will continue to retain and expand Wopanaak language fluency through culture-based education. Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project(WLRP) uses a modified (Wopified) Montessori Method called Wopessori and Objectives include teacher training, setting up classrooms, and establishing and implementing a Mukayuhsak Weekuw Wellness Plan to address student social-emotional development and learning.
Fiscal Year 2020 ANA intends to fund similar projects


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