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Grants to USA Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Education Agencies to Improve Education for Native American Children and Youth

Demonstration Grants for Indian Children and Youth Program - Native American Teacher Retention Initiative


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Education (DOE)
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) - Office of Indian Education
CFDA Number: 84.299
Funding or PIN Number: ED-GRANTS-052323-001
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/22/23
Deadline: 07/24/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA tribes, tribal organizations, and education agencies for projects to improve education services available to Native American children and youth. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended 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 attending preschool, elementary, and secondary schools.

This competition will fund projects that meet the purpose of the Demonstration program as described in the absolute priority and encourages projects that support Native American teacher retention in keeping with the directive from the joint explanatory statement and in recognition of the positive impact that Native American teachers have on educational opportunities and achievement for Native American students. Through an invitational priority, the Department encourages projects that provide Native American teachers with leadership responsibilities, facilitate professional learning with peers, and help develop resources to meet students' unique academic and social-emotional needs.

Absolute Priority: Demonstration Grants. To meet this priority, an applicant must propose a project to develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve educational opportunities and achievement of Indian children and youth.

Competitive Preference Priority: Tribal Lead Applicants. To meet this priority, an application must be submitted by an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, school funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE-funded school), or Tribal college or university (TCU) that is eligible to participate in the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children and Youth program.

Invitational Priority: Native American Teacher Retention Initiative (NATRI). To meet this priority, an applicant must propose an educator retention initiative to help address the shortage of Native American educators and expand their impact on Native American students' education. The initiative must support teacher leadership models to increase the retention of effective, experienced Native American teachers who will assist in ensuring that Native American students gain knowledge and understanding of Native communities, languages, Tribal histories, traditions, and cultures as outlined in the absolute priority for this competition.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following entities, either alone or in a consortium, are eligible under this program:
(a) A State educational agency.
(b) A local educational agency (LEA), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law.
(c) An Indian Tribe.
(d) An Indian organization.
(e) A federally supported elementary school or secondary school for Indian students.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A pre-application webinar will be held on June 7, 2023.

Pre-Application Information
- Applications Available: May 23, 2023.
- Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 22, 2023.
- Date of Pre-Application Webinar: June 7, 2023.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 24, 2023 no later than 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 20, 2023.

The Department will be able to review grant applications more efficiently if it knows the approximate number of applicants that intend to apply. Therefore, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Department of their intent to submit an application. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information provided.

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must:
a. Have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Be registered in the System for Award Management (, the Government's primary registrant database;
c. Provide your UEI number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

The SAM registration process usually takes approximately 7 to 10 business days, but may take longer, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the database. The Department recommends that you register early, at least 10 to 14 business days before the application deadline. Once your registration is active, it may be 24 to 48 hours before you can access the information in, and submit an application through,

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000-$500,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $450,000.

Term of Contract
Project Period: Up to 60 months.

Note: Under ESEA section 6121(d)(1)(C), the Secretary awards grants for an initial period of not more than 36 months and may renew them for up to 24 months if the Secretary determines that the grantee has made substantial progress in carrying out activities under the grant.

Contact Information
Submit LOIs to the Program Manager:
Donna Bussell
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 3W239
Washington, DC 20202-6335
Telephone: 202-453-6813

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and wish to access telecommunications relay services, please dial 7–1–1.

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