Department of Education: American Rescue Plan – American Indian Resilience in Education (ARP-AIRE)

The purpose of the ARP–AIRE program is to support Tribal Educational Agencies (TEAs) in the provision of direct services to Indian children and youth. Applicants must propose a culturally relevant project designed to assist and encourage Indian children and youth to enter, remain in, or reenter school at any grade level from Pre-K through grade 12, that includes at least one of the following activities:

  • Innovative programs related to the educational needs of educationally disadvantaged Indian children and youth.
  • Educational services that are not available to such children and youth in sufficient quantity or quality, including remedial instruction, to raise the achievement of Indian children in one or more of the subjects of English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, art, history, and geography.
  • Bilingual and bicultural programs and projects.
  • Special health and nutrition services, and other related activities, that address the special health, social, and psychological problems of Indian children and youth.
  • Comprehensive guidance, counseling, and testing services.
  • Early childhood education programs that are effective in preparing young children to make sufficient academic growth by the end of grade 3, including kindergarten and Pre-K programs, family-based preschool programs, screening and referral, and services to Indian children and youth with disabilities.
  • Partnership projects between local educational agencies and institutions of higher education that allow secondary school students to enroll in courses at the postsecondary level.
  • Partnership projects between schools and local businesses for career preparation programs designed to provide Indian youth with the knowledge and skills to make an effective transition from school to a high-skill career.
  • Programs designed to encourage and assist Indian students to work toward, and gain entrance into, institutions of higher education.
  • Family literacy services.
  • Activities that recognize and support the unique cultural and educational needs of Indian children and youth, and incorporate traditional leaders.
  • High-quality professional development of teaching professionals and paraprofessionals.

Applicants that are new potential grantees will receive Competitive Preference Priority consideration. To meet this priority, the applicant must not have had an active discretionary grant from the Department of Education in the past five years. See solicitation for details.

Program Requirement—Within six months after the date of the award, the grantee must submit a signed, written agreement with each LEA where participating students are enrolled. The agreement must include provisions that allow the grantee to access data necessary for the success of the project and for reporting on project objectives.

Amount: An estimated $19,800,000 is available to make 16 awards ranging from $300,000 to $500,000 for each 12-month budget period, for a total project period of 36 months.

Eligibility: Tribal Educational Agencies, including a consortium of Tribal Educational Agencies. See solicitation for definitions.

Deadline: September 13, 2021

Resource Information
Funder U.S. Department of Education
Eligibility Tribal Government
Resource URL:
Sector Education
Grant Amount $300,000 - $500,000
Deadline Closed