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U.S. Department of Education: Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program

Deadline: July 6, 2015

The Native American Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have an undergraduate enrollment of at least 10 percent Native American students to assist such institutions to plan, develop, undertake, and carry out activities to improve and expand such institutions’ capacity to serve Native American and low-income individuals.

In order to apply, IHEs must meet the absolute priority. The absolute priority is: Projects that are designed to increase the number and proportion of high-need students who are academically prepared for, enroll in, or complete on time college, other postsecondary education, or other career and technical education.

The Department has set the following competitive preference priorities, each of which is worth 1-3 additional points:

  1. Academic tutoring and counseling programs and student support services.
  2. Projects that are designed to leverage technology through implementing high-quality accessible digital tools, assessments, and materials that are aligned with rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

The Department is also invites projects that support activities that strengthen Native American language preservation and revitalization.

Types of projects may include:

  • Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional and research purposes
  • Renovation and improvement in classroom, library, laboratory, and other instructional facilities
  • Support of faculty exchanges, and faculty development and faculty fellowships to assist in attaining advanced degrees in the faculty’s field of instruction
  • Curriculum development and academic instruction
  • Purchase of library books, periodicals, microfilm, and other educational materials
  • Funds and administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management
  • Joint use of facilities such as laboratories and libraries
  • Academic tutoring and counseling programs and student support services
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the students’ families

Amount: The total amount available is $3,113,000 for grants that range from $300,000-$400,000 per year for 5 years.

Eligibility: An IHE must qualify as a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution at the time of application, which is measured by an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 10 percent Native American. IHEs must also:

  • Be accredited or pre-accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the Secretary has determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered;
  • Legally authorized by the State in which it is located to be a junior or community college or to provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor’s degree; and
  • Designated as an “eligible institution” by demonstrating that it has: (A) an enrollment of needy students as described in 34 CFR 607.3; and (B) below average educational and general expenditures per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student as described in 34 CFR 607.4.

The notice for applying for designation as an eligible institution was published in the Federal Register on November 3, 2014 and applications were due on December 22, 2014. Only institutions that submitted applications by the deadline date and that the Department determined are eligible may apply for a grant.

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

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