U.S. Department of Education: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children and Youth Program
The Demonstration Grants for Indian Children and Youth Program seeks to support projects to develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve education opportunities and achievement of Indian children and youth. The program includes one absolute priority and three competitive preference priorities.
Absolute priority – Accessing Choices in Education. To meet this priority, applicants must propose a project to expand educational choice by enabling a Tribe, or the grantee and its Tribal partner, to select a project focus that meets the needs of their students and enabling parents of Indian students, or the students, to choose education services by selecting the specific service and provider desired.
Competitive Preference Priority 1 – Tribal Lead Applicants. To meet this priority, an application must be submitted by an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, school funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE-funded school), or Tribal college or university (TCU). A group application submitted by a consortium that meets the requirements or submitted by a partnership is eligible to receive the preference if the lead applicant for the consortium is the Indian Tribe, Indian organization, BIE-funded school, or TCU.
Competitive Preference Priority 2 – Tribal Partnership. To meet this priority, an application must be submitted by a consortium of entities that meets requirements or submitted by a partnership if the consortium or partnership—(1) Includes an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, BIE-funded school, or TCU; and (2) Is not eligible to receive the preference under Competitive Preference Priority 1.
Competitive Preference Priority 3 – Rural Applicants. To meet this priority, an applicant must propose a project that includes either—(1) A local educational agency (LEA) that is eligible under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program or the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program; or (2) A BIE-funded school that is located in an area designated with locale code of either 41, 42, or 43 as designated by the National Center for Education Statistics.
Amount: $15,000,000 is available to make up to 20 awards that range from $500,000-$1,500,000 and average at $1,000,000. The project period is up to 60 months.
Eligibility: The following entities, either alone or in a consortium, are eligible under this program:
- (a) An SEA
- (b) An LEA
- (c) An Indian Tribe
- (d) An Indian organization
- (e) A federally supported elementary school or secondary school for Indian students
- (f) A TCU
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