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U.S. Department of Education: Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies

Deadline: February 26, 2016

The Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies program provides grants to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities in reforming and improving elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The U.S. Department of Education funds comprehensive programs that are designed to help Indian students meet the same State academic content and student academic achievement standards used for all students while addressing the language and cultural needs of Indian students. Such programs include supporting the professional development of teachers of Indian students.

Grant funds supplement the regular school program. Projects help Indian children sharpen their academic skills, assisting students in becoming proficient in the core content areas, and provide students an opportunity to participate in enrichment programs that would otherwise be unavailable. Funds support such activities as after-school programs, early childhood education, tutoring, and dropout prevention

Amount: $100,381,000 is available for approximately 1,300 awards ranging from $4,000 to $3,144,787. The average award size is anticipated to be $78,213. The amount awarded is dependent on the number of Indian students in the LEA.

Eligibility: Certain LEAs, including charter schools authorized as LEAs under State law, as prescribed by section 7112(b) of the ESEA; certain schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education of the U.S. Department of the Interior, as prescribed by section 7113(d) of the ESEA; and Indian tribes under certain conditions, as prescribed by section 7112(c) of the ESEA.

Links: https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-32012 and http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianformula/index.html

Notes: Important dates and deadlines include:

  • Part I of the Formula Grant Electronic Application System for Indian Education (EASIE) Applications Available: January 25, 2016
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Part I Applications: February 26, 2016
  • Part II of the Formula Grant EASIE Applications Available: April 11, 2016
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Part II Applications: May 13, 2016

Applicants must meet the deadlines for both EASIE Part I and Part II to receive a grant.

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