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U.S. Department of Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Program–Professional Development Grants

Deadline: May 3, 2021

The purpose of the Indian Education Professional Development Grants program is to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indians, and to provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers and administrators.

The competition includes two absolute priorities, and two competitive preference priorities. The Department anticipates awarding approximately half of available funds to applicants that meet Absolute Priority 1 and approximately half to applicants that meet Absolute Priority 2. The Department will consider only applications that meet one or both of these priorities. An applicant that wishes to apply under both absolute priorities should submit two separate applications. Absolute priorities are as follows:

  • Absolute Priority 1: Pre-Service Training for Teachers. Projects that—(a) Provide support and training to Indian individuals to complete a preservice education program that enables them to meet the requirements for full State certification or licensure as a teacher; (b) Provide induction services to participants after graduation, certification, or licensure, for two years, while participants are completing their work-related payback in schools in local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve a high proportion of Indian students; and (c) Include annual goals for the number of participants who: are recruited, continue in the project, graduate, and find qualifying employment within 12 months of completion. See solicitation for details.
  • Absolute Priority 2: Pre-service Administrator Training. Projects that—(a) Provide support and training to Indian individuals to complete a graduate degree in education administration that allows participants to meet the requirements for State certification or licensure as an education administrator; (b) Provide induction services to participants after graduation, certification, or licensure, for two years, while administrators are completing their work-related payback as administrators in LEAs that serve a high proportion of Indian students; and (c) Include annual goals for the number of participants who: are recruited, continue in the project, graduate, and find qualifying employment within 12 months of completion. See solicitation for details.

Competitive Preference Priorities—Applicants are eligible for points under either Competitive Preference Priority 1 or 2, not both.

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Tribal Applicants—An application submitted by an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, or Tribal college or university (TCU) that is eligible to participate in the Professional Development program.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2: Consortium Applicants, Non-Tribal Lead—A consortium application of eligible entities that meets requirements outlined in the solicitation, and includes an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, or TCU; and (b) Is not eligible to receive a preference under Competitive Preference Priority 1.

Note: The deadline to submit Notice of Intent is March 19, 2021.

Amount: $7,809,000 is available to make awards averaging $350,000 each for up to 60 months.

Eligibility: An Institute of Higher Education (IHE) or Tribal college or university (TCU); State educational agency in consortium with an IHE or a TCU; LEA in consortium with an IHE or a TCU; Indian Tribe or Indian organization in consortium with an IHE or a TCU; or BIE-funded school in consortium with at least one IHE or TCU that meets the requirements listed in the solicitation (see solicitation for details).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331836

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