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U.S. Department of Education: State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) – Tribal Education Agency Development Discretionary Grant Program

Deadline: August 12, 2019

The State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program will support projects that:

  1. Promote Tribal self-determination in education
  2. Improve the academic achievement of Indian children and youth
  3. Promote the coordination and collaboration of Tribal educational agencies (TEAs) with State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to meet the unique education and culturally related academic needs of Indian students

The STEP program will provide one-year grants to support Tribes’ creation of TEAs so that they will be eligible to apply for a three-year STEP grant in future fiscal years. The program is designed to maximize alignment between the one- and three-year programs. For example, in order to receive funding, an applicant must demonstrate that it has at least one full-time employee on staff who works exclusively on education issues. It is also required that, at the end of the one-year project, grantees be able to demonstrate that they meet the program outcomes and have at least two other characteristics of a successful TEA, in addition to having at least one full-time employee dedicated to education issues.

The STEP program includes one invitational priority: Promoting Sustainability through Community Engagement. This priority is for applicants who propose to develop their TEA in coordination with local stakeholders, such as nonprofit organizations, private organizations, and local businesses, for the purposes of (1) improving alignment of planned educational services to be delivered by the TEA with the needs of Native students in the community and (2) ensuring sustained community engagement at the end of the 12-month project.

Amount: Approximately $1,600,000 is available to make 3-10 awards ranging from $150,000-$500,000 and averaging $350,000.

Eligibility: Indian Tribes that do not have a TEA, Tribal organizations approved by an Indian Tribe that do not have a TEA, or a consortium of such entities.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316918

Note: There is a non-mandatory deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply on June 28, 2019.

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