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Deadline: May 31, 2016

U.S. Department of Education: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program – Native Youth Community Projects

The purpose of the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program is to provide financial assistance to projects that develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of preschool, elementary, and secondary Indian students. The Department of Education will support community-led, comprehensive projects to help American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children become college- and career-ready.

Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) funding is one of many efforts across the Federal government to coordinate, measure progress, and make investments in Native youth programs as part of the Generation Indigenous Initiative. These efforts aim to address educational outcomes, access to the internet, the availability of teacher housing, Indian Child Welfare Act implementation, tribal criminal justice, and the suicide rate. The Department intends to award several NYCP grants for communities to improve educational outcomes, specifically college- and career-readiness, through strategies tailored to address the specific challenges and build upon the specific opportunities and culture within a community.

Given the interconnectedness of in-school and out-of-school factors that relate to student achievement and positive youth development, grants will support a community-led approach to providing academic, social-emotional, cultural, and other support services for AI/AN students and students’ family members. Recognizing the importance of tribes to the education of Native youth, NYCP projects are based on a partnership that includes at least one tribe and one school district or BIE-funded school. This partnership should facilitate capacity building within the community, generating positive results and practices for student college- and career-readiness beyond the period of Federal financial assistance. Grantees’ project evaluations should help inform future practices that effectively improve outcomes for AI/AN youth.

There are three competitive preference priorities for FY2016 applications:

1. Competitive Preference Priority One: Two points for an application proposing to serve a rural local community. To meet this priority, a project must include an LEA that is eligible under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) or Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program, or a BIE-funded school that is located in an area designated by the U.S. Census Bureau with a locale code of 42 or 43.

2. Competitive Preference Priority Two: Although all NYCP grantees are required to have an eligible Indian tribe or its tribal education agency (TEA) as a partner, applications will receive an additional four points when the lead partner is an eligible Indian tribe or its Tribal Education Agency (TEA), an Indian organization, or an Indian Institution of Higher Education (IHE).

3. Competitive Preference Priority Three: four points to an application that meets one of the following criteria: (a) Designed to serve a local community within a federally designated Promise Zone; or (b) Submitted by a partnership or consortium in which the lead applicant or one of its partners has received a grant in the last four years under one or more of the following grant or enhancement programs:

  • State Tribal Education Partnership (title VII, part A, subpart 3)
  • Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancements (Department of the Interior)
  • Alaska Native Education Program (title VII, part C)
  • Promise Neighborhoods
  • Tribal Education Department Grants (Department of the Interior)

Amount: $17,400,000 for 19 awards ranging from $500,000-$1,000,000 each.

Eligibility: State educational agencies; local education agencies, including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; Indian tribes; Indian organizations; BIE-funded schools; Indian institutions (including Indian IHEs); or a consortium of any of these entities.

The absolute priority for NYCP requires that an applicant be a member of a partnership that includes at least one tribe or its TEA and at least one LEA or BIE-funded school. Applications will be rejected that do not include at least these two types of partners.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/index.html

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