First Nations Development Institute: Native Language Immersion Initiative
The Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII) seeks to build the capacity of and directly support Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs actively supporting Native language-immersion programs. The NLII seeks to build a dialogue and community of practice, through the grantee cohorts, around Native language immersion programs, and momentum for supporting Native language programs.
NLII will fund language-immersion programs providing at least 20 hours per week for an entire school year of Native American language instruction. Programs must serve a minimum of 10 students within the target age of 3 to 22 years old. Programs should be actively growing new speakers and have assessment and evaluation plans in order to identify progression in student Native language acquisition. Priority will be given to programs with long-term, community-based language plans.
Funding will support capacity-building activities designed to improve and enhance the language immersion program’s ability to achieve its mission. This may include curriculum development, technology access, instructional courses and materials, mentorships, teacher training, and other kinds of organizational infrastructure.
Amount: Approximately 12 grants of up to $90,000 each will be awarded.
Eligibility: Tribal government programs, tribal 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and Native-controlled community organizations located in the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants located in an urban area are eligible to apply if they are able to demonstrate a close tie to one or more tribal communities. Applicants must have an existing language-immersion program (one year minimum).
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