U.S. Department of Education: Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies
The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs), Indian tribes and organizations, and other eligible entities in developing elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The U.S. Department of Education funds comprehensive programs that are designed to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students, and ensure that all students meet challenging state academic standards.
Proposed projects must be developed in open consultation with parents of Indian children and teachers of Indian children, representatives of Indian tribes on Indian lands located within 50 miles of any school that the LEA will serve if such tribes have any children in such school, Indian organizations (IOs), and, if appropriate, Indian students from secondary schools, including through public hearings held to provide to the individuals described above a full opportunity to understand the program and to offer recommendations regarding the program. LEA applicants are required to develop the proposed project with the participation and written approval of a parent committee whose membership includes parents and family members of Indian children in the LEA’s schools; representatives of Indian tribes on Indian lands located within 50 miles of any school that the LEA will serve if such tribes have any children in such school; teachers in the schools; and if appropriate, Indian students attending secondary schools of the LEA. The majority of the parent committee members must be parents and family members of Indian children.
Amount: A total of $100,190,176 is available for approximately 1,300 awards ranging from $3,000 to $3,058,055 and averaging at $77,069.
Eligibility: Certain LEAs, including charter schools authorized as LEAs under state law, as prescribed by section 6112(b) of the ESEA; certain schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), as prescribed by section 6113(d) of the ESEA; Indian tribes and IOs under certain conditions, as prescribed by section 6112(c) of the ESEA; and Indian community-based organizations (ICBOs), as prescribed by section 6112(d) of the ESEA. Consortia of two or more LEAs, Indian tribes, IOs, and ICBOs are also eligible under certain circumstances, as prescribed by section 6112(a)(4) of the ESEA.
Note: There are two parts to the application. Part I of the application is due on April 18, 2017. Applicants must meet the deadlines for Part I of the application to be eligible to complete Part II of the application process. Part II application dates will be announced in a separate notice inviting applications. Applicants must meet the deadlines for both Part I and Part II to be eligible to receive a grant.
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