State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP)


To (a) promote Tribal self-determination in education; (b) improve the academic achievement of Indian children and youth; and (c) promote the coordination and collaboration of Tribal educational agencies (TEAs) with State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
ESEA, Title VI, Part A, Subpart 3, Section 6132
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible entities include an Indian Tribe or Tribal organization approved by an Indian Tribe, or a Tribal educational agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility
TEAs, SEAs, LEAs, Indian students, and teachers will benefit.
To be eligible for an award, an applicant must include evidence that supports the applicant's eligibility including: (A) a statement describing the activities to be conducted, and the objectives to be achieved, under the grant; (B) a description of the method to be used for evaluating the effectiveness of the activities for which assistance is sought and for determining whether such objectives are achieved; and (C) for applications for activities under subsection (c)(2), evidence of-(i) a preliminary agreement with the appropriate State educational agency, 1 or more local educational agencies, or both the State educational agency and a local educational agency; and (ii) existing capacity as a tribal educational agency.
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. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Department of the applicant's intent to apply for funding by sending the following information via email to; (1) applicant name, mailing address and phone number; (2) contact person's name and email address; (3) name of the SEA; (4) whether the applicant intends to apply as a single TEA or a consortium of TEAs. For more information, see the STEP website: Frequently Asked Questions about the program may be found at
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable program announcements.
Award Procedure
Applications will undergo peer review with the final decision on award approval and funding made by the Secretary.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The time of approval is expected to be approximately 2 months following the deadline for applications.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR 75.210.
How may assistance be used?
Funds will be used to (a) plan and develop a TEA if the tribe or organization has no current TEA; and (b) directly administer education programs, build capacity to administer and coordinate such programs, and receive training from and provide training to SEAs and LEAs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Specific audit requirements are found in Part 80 of EDGAR.
As required by EDGAR, 34 CFD 75.730-734.
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 may be made for up to 1 year to plan and develop a TEA and up to 3 years for all other allowable activities, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Shahla Ortega
Office of Indian Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 453-5602.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$2,000,000.00; FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 est $2,000,000.00; FY 17$2,000,000.00; FY 16$2,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The average award is expected to be $240,000 for a single TEA or $400,000 for a consortium of TEAs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Refer to EDGAR 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79-82, 84-86, 97-99, and the debarment and suspension regulations at 2 CFR Part 3485. Note: Part 79 does not apply to federally-recognized Indian tribes.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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