U.S. Department of Education: Special Programs for Indian Children-Demonstration Grants
The Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program aims 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 Indian students in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. The program contains one absolute priority and four competitive preference priorities, as follows.
Absolute priority – Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP): A native youth community project is:
- Focused on a defined local geographic area.
- Centered on the goal of ensuring that Indian students are prepared for college and careers.
- 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.
- Focused on one or more barriers or opportunities with a community-based strategy or strategies and measurable objective.
- Designed and implemented through a partnership of various entities, which: i) Must include one or more tribes or their tribal education agencies; and one or more BIE-funded schools, one or more local educational agencies (LEAs), or both; and ii) May include other optional entities, including community-based organizations, national nonprofit organizations, and Alaska regional corporations.
- Led by an entity that: i) Is eligible for a grant under the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program; and ii) 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.
Competitive Preference Priority One: Projects that include a Local Education Agency (LEA) that is eligible under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) or Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program, 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.
Competitive Preference Priority Two: Applications in which the lead partner is an eligible Indian tribe or its tribal education agency (TEA), an Indian organization, or a tribal college or university.
Competitive Preference Priority Three: Applications that meet one of the following criteria: i) Designed to serve a local community within a federally designated Promise Zone; or ii) 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 programs: State Tribal Education Partnership, Alaska Native Education Program, or Promise Neighborhoods.
Competitive Preference Priority Four—Empowering Families and Individuals to Choose a High Quality Education that Meets their Unique Needs: Projects that are designed to address increasing access to educational choice for students who are Indians. Educational choice means the opportunity for a child or student (or a family member on their behalf) to create a high quality personalized path for learning that is consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws; is in an educational setting that best meets the child’s or student’s needs; and, where possible, incorporates evidence-based activities, strategies, or interventions. Opportunities made available to a student through a grant program are those that supplement what is provided by a child’s or student’s geographically assigned school or the institution in which he or she is currently enrolled and may include: 1) Public educational programs or courses including those offered by traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, public online education providers, or other public education providers; or 2) Private or home-based educational programs or courses including those offered by private schools, private online providers, private tutoring providers, community or faith-based organizations, or other private education providers.
Evidence-based, when used with respect to a state, LEA, or school activity, means an activity, strategy, or intervention that: 1) Demonstrates a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes based on strong evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented experimental study; moderate evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study; or promising evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias; or 2) Demonstrates a rationale based on high-quality research findings or positive evaluation that such activity, strategy, or intervention is likely to improve student outcomes or other relevant outcomes; and includes ongoing efforts to examine the effects of such activity, strategy, or intervention.
Amount: A total of $25,600,000 is available to award 26-40 grants ranging $500,000-$1,000,000 and averaging $750,000 per year. The project period is up to 48 months.
Eligibility: State educational agencies; LEAs, including charter schools that are considered LEAs under state law; Indian Tribes; Indian organizations; BIE-funded schools; tribal colleges and universities; or a consortium of any of these entities. The absolute priority for NYCP requires that an applicant be a member of a partnership that includes at least one tribe or its Tribal Education Agency (TEA) and at least one LEA or BIE-funded school.
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