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Deadline: June 29, 2015

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 level Indian students.

The absolute priority for Native Youth Community Projects is a new priority under the Demonstration Grants program and a major part of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative. These projects will provide funding to support community-driven, comprehensive projects to help American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children become college- and career-ready. A Native Youth Community Project is:

  1. Focused on a defined local geographic area.
  2. Centered on the goal of ensuring that Indian students are prepared for college and careers.
  3. Informed by evidence, which could be either a needs assessment conducted within the last three years or other data analysis, on: (i) The greatest barriers, both in and out of school, to the readiness of local Indian students for college and careers; (ii) Opportunities in the local community to support Indian students; and (iii) Existing local policies, programs, practices, service providers, and funding sources.
  4. Focused on one or more barriers or opportunities with a community-based strategy or strategies and measurable objectives.
  5. Designed and implemented through a partnership of various entities, which must include: one or more tribes or their tribal education agencies; and one or more Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded schools, one or more local educational agencies (LEAs), or both. The partnership may include other optional entities, including community-based organizations, national nonprofit organizations, and Alaska regional corporations.
  6. Led by an entity that is eligible for a grant under the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program; and demonstrates, or partners with an entity that demonstrates, the capacity to improve outcomes that are relevant to the project focus through experience with programs funded through other sources.

Given the interconnectedness of in-school and out-of-school factors, the Department intends to award several grants to encourage a community-wide approach to providing academic, social, and other support services, for AI/AN students and students’ family members that will result in improved educational outcomes, and specifically college- and career-readiness. Grantees’ project evaluations will help inform future practices that effectively improve outcomes for AI/AN youth.

There are five competitive preference priorities under this competition, with the following point allocations:

  1. Three points to 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) programs 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. Three points to an application submitted by an eligible Indian tribe, Indian organization, or Indian institution of higher education (IHE). A consortium of eligible entities or a partnership is eligible to receive the points only if the lead applicant is an Indian tribe, Indian organization, or Indian IHE.
  3. Two points to an application that is either: (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: (1) State Tribal Education Partnership (title VII, part A, subpart 3); (2) Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancements (Department of the Interior); (3) Alaska Native Education Program (title VII, part C); (4) Promise Neighborhoods.
  4. One point to an application that is not eligible under Priority 2 and is submitted by a consortium of eligible entities or a partnership that includes an Indian tribe, Indian organization, or Indian IHE.
  5. One point to an application with a plan for combining two or more of the activities described in section 7121(c) of the ESEA over a period of more than one year.

Amount: $3,000,000 is available for 5-7 awards ranging from $400,000-$600,000 each.

Eligibility: State educational agencies; LEAs, 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.

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

Notes: A notice of intent to apply is strongly encouraged and due by June 2, 2015. There will be a pre-application webinar on May 14, 2015.

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