The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students announces the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program (CFDA 84.365C)

Application Deadline: March 21, 2011.  

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $5,000,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2011. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program.Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2012 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.

Estimated Range of Awards: $175,000-$200,000.

Estimated Range of Awards for IHEs applying in consortia with a Secondary School: $200,000-$300,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $237,000.

Project Period: Up to 60 months.

Estimated Number of Awards: 21.

Eligible Applicants: The following entities, when they operate elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools primarily for Native American children (including Alaska Native children), are eligible applicants under this program: Indian tribes; tribally sanctioned educational authorities; Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander native language educational organizations; elementary schools or secondary schools that are operated or funded by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), or a consortium of these schools; elementary schools or secondary schools operated under a contract with or grant from the BIE in consortium with another such school or a tribal or community organization; and elementary schools or secondary schools operated by the BIE and an IHE, in consortium with an elementary school or secondary school operated under a contract with or a grant from the BIE or a tribal or community organization. 

Pre-application technical assistance for potential applicants: A webinar for novice applicants will be conducted two weeks after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. For further information on this webinar, contact Stephanie Guillen at (202) 401-0049, or by e-mail at Stephanie.Guillen@ed.gov.

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to provide grants for eligible entities to develop high levels of academic attainment in English among English learners (ELs) \1\, and to promote parental and community participation in language instruction educational programs. Projects funded under theNative American and Alaska Native Children in School Program, authorized under title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), may support the teaching and studying of Native American languages, but must have, as a project objective, an increase in English language proficiency for participating students.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trini Torres, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5C145, Washington, DC 20202-6510. Telephone: (202) 401-1445, or by e-mail: trinidad.torres-carrion@ed.gov or Itzetht Testa-Sanchez, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5C151, Washington, DC 20202-6510. Telephone: (202) 401-1459, or by e-mail: Itzetht.testa-sanchez@ed.gov.      If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.