First Nations Development Institute: Native Language Immersion InitiativeDeadline: March 23, 2018
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 and culture-retention programs.
NLII will fund language-immersion program providing at least 20 hours per week per school year of Native American language instruction with at least 10 students. The target age is children to college-age students. Programs should be actively growing new speakers and have plans for assessment and evaluation in place to identify progression in student Native language acquisition. Priority will be given to programs with a long-term, community-based immersion plan.
Funding can support curriculum development, technology access, instructional courses and materials, teacher training, and other kinds of organizational infrastructure, all aimed toward achieving Native American fluency and academic proficiency.
Amount: Approximately 12 grant awards of up to $90,000 each will be made.
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.