Eligibility & Funding Status


By category: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Other Organizations and/or Agencies, State Education Agencies (SEAs)

Specifically: Indian tribe, Tribal college or university (TCU), Tribal Education Agency (TEA), Local Education Agency (LEA), BIE-funded school, Alaska Native Regional Corporation, a tribal, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other nonprofit organization, a nontribal for-profit organization may apply.

Indian Organization (or Tribal organization) means an organ that
  1. Is legally established—
    1. By Tribal or inter-Tribal charter or in accordance with State or Tribal law; and
    2. With appropriate constitution, bylaws, or articles of incorporation;
  2. Includes in its purposes the promotion of the education of Indians;
  3. Is controlled by a governing board, the majority of which is Indian;
  4. If located on an Indian reservation, operates with the sanction of or by charter from the governing body of that reservation;
  5. Is neither an organization or subdivision of, nor under the direct control of, any institution of higher education or TCU; and
  6. Is not an agency of State or local government.
Native American means:
  1. “Indian” as defined in section 6151(3) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7491 (https://www.govinfo.gov/link/uscode/20/7491?type=usc&year=mostrecent&link-type=html)(3)), which includes individuals who are Alaska Natives and members of federally recognized or State recognized Tribes;
  2. Native Hawaiian; or
  3. Native American Pacific Islander. (ESEA secs. 6151(3) and 8101(34))
Native American Language means
    the historical, traditional languages spoken by Native Americans. (ESEA sec. 8101(34))
Tribal college or university means an institution that
  1. Qualifies for funding under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 (25U.S.C. 1801 (https://www.govinfo.gov/link/uscode/25/1801?type=usc&year=mostrecent&link-type=html), et seq.) or the Navajo Community College Act (25 U.S.C. 640 (https://www.govinfo.gov/link/uscode/25/640?type=usc&year=mostrecent&link-type=html) a note); or
  2. Is cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 (https://www.govinfo.gov/link/uscode/7/301?type=usc&year=mostrecent&link-type=html) note). (ESEA sec. 6133 and section 316 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended)
Tribe means either a federally recognized Tribe or a State-recognized Tribe

Funding Status

NAL@Ed 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Continuation Award Funding $2,314,281.00 $2,114,069.00 $239,429.00 $2,384,695.00 $2,363,109.00
New Award Funding $249,438.00 NA $2,116,211.00 NA $1,232,549.00
Average New Award $249,438.00 NA $400,000.00 NA $247,000.00
# of Continuation Awards 5 6 1 10 11
# of New Awards 1 NA 10 NA 5
Total Number of Awards 6 6 11 10 16