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Deadline: April 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance-Esther Martinez Immersion

The Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) program aims to provide financial assistance to community-driven projects designed to preserve Native American languages through Native American language nests and Native American language survival schools. The EMI program will support locally determined projects designed to enhance or improve community conditions and achieve long-range community goals. The focus is on projects that are based in teaching and building capacity for language immersion instruction.

Projects must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Native American Language Nests are site-based educational programs that provide child care and instruction in a Native American language for at least 10 children under the age of 7 for an average of at least 500 hours per year per child, provide classes in such languages for parents or legal guardians of children enrolled in such language nests, and must ensure that a Native American language is the medium of instruction in the Native American language nest.
  • Native American Language Survival Schools are site-based educational programs for school-age students that provide at least 500 hours of Native American language instruction to at least 15 students for whom a Native American language survival school is their principal place of instruction, and which develop instructional courses and materials, provide teacher training, and work toward achieving Native American language fluency and academic proficiency in mathematics, reading, and sciences, and are located in areas that have high numbers or percentages of Native American students.

Amount: A total of $2,000,000 is available to make up to 7 awards that range from $100,000-$300,000 and average $285,000 per budget period. The project period is for 36 months. There is a 20% cash or in-kind match requirement.


  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes
  • Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes
  • Consortia of Indian tribes
  • Incorporated nonprofit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations
  • Urban Indian centers
  • Alaska Native villages and/or nonprofit village consortia
  • Nonprofit native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  • Incorporated nonprofit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians
  • National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving native people from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Tribal Colleges and universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native American Pacific Islanders

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298039

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