Demonstration Grants for Indian Children (DEMO)

Office of Indian Education


Discretionary/Competitive Grants

Demonstration Grants for Indian Children


The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Indian Education (OIE) is soliciting highly qualified individuals to assist in the review process for the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Native Youth Community Projects discretionary grant program competition. In order to allow for sufficient time to recruit qualified peer reviewers, we are issuing this call now prior to announcing the competition and publishing the notice inviting applications. In support of this competition, we now seek individuals who can participate in panel reviews either as panel monitors, peer reviewers, or assigned alternate reviewers and unassigned alternate reviewers. Monitors will manage panel logistics and discussions. Reviewers will read, score, and provide constructive written feedback for applicants in ED’s G5 system. Assigned alternate reviewers will be assigned to a panel and will be expected to attend the panel discussion calls and submit draft technical review forms to the panel monitor. If a member of the panel is unable to complete the review, an assigned alternate reviewer will be made a reviewer and given access to G5. Unassigned alternate reviewers will be on standby and assigned to a panel if one of the assigned alternates becomes a reviewer.

Who Would Be Successful Peer Reviewers?

Readers are eligible to apply if you have not served as a reviewer of the same OIE grant program for three consecutive years.

Successful peer reviewers would have the following experience and skills:

  • Prior experience as panel monitors or reviewers in other ED discretionary grant competition reviews with experience in the subjects mentioned below.
  • Direct experience working in ED’s G5 grants system.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Team player who can work with fellow panelists to complete reviews and written feedback under significant time constraints.
  • Bachelor or Advanced Degree in Education or related field.

Successful peer reviewers would also have at least two or more of the following types of professional experience:

  • Direct instructional and/or administrative experience in schools and/or districts with significant Native American student populations.
  • Direct research and evaluation experience of K-12 programming with a specific focus on Native American students.
  • Higher education administrators and faculty of teacher education programs who instruct Native American professionals that will return to schools that serve significant Native student populations.
  • Persons who have administrative, project management or other leadership experience which helps their understanding of what happens in the classroom and how it applies to teacher/administrator training for high proportion Native American educational programs.
  • Responsible for partnership building between tribes and school districts/BIE funded schools.
  • Responsible for the retention and persistence of traditional and non-traditional college age Native American students.
  • Direct cultural, language, and/or educational K-12 program experience serving Native American students.
  • Grant writing experience resulting in a successful Federal grant award.

What Is Required of Peer Reviewers if Selected?

  • Peer Reviewers must commit to being available for required web-based training webinars (1-2 hours each) prior to the review, and then by videoconference via Zoom and/or Microsoft Teams one or two hours per day for up to two weeks.
  • Peer Reviewers must commit to participating in a virtual review for up to two weeks, including reading, scoring, and finalizing written feedback on assigned applications in the timeframe set by ED. Exact dates are TBD.

How Do I Apply to Be a Peer Reviewer?

By February 20, 2022, please submit your resume, including complete contact information and complete work history (month/year start and end dates in employment history) to Please make sure there are no gaps in your resume. If there was a period of time you were not working, please make sure to list it on your resume. Your resume will be reviewed for conflicts of interest.

Program Overview

This program is designed to improve the education opportunities and achievement of preschool, elementary, and secondary school Indian children by developing, testing, and demonstrating effective services and programs.

Types of Projects

Demonstration Grants

Demonstration Grants for Indian Children is a competitive discretionary grant program that supports projects to develop, test and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve educational opportunities and achievement of Indian children.

Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP)

For FY16-18, the absolute priority was a Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) that focused on a define local geographic area, centered on the goal of ensuring that Indian students were prepared for college and careers, was informed by evidence, focused on one or more barriers or opportunities with a community-based strategy or strategies and measurable objectives, was designed and implemented through a partnership of various entities, and demonstrated the capacity to improve outcomes that are relevant to the project focus through experience with programs funded through other sources.

Accessing Choices in Education (ACE)

For FY20, the absolute priority was Accessing Choices in Education (ACE) where projects must expand educational choice by enabling a Tribe, or the grantee and its Tribal partner, to select a project focus that meets the needs of their students, and enabling parents of Indian students, or the students, to choose education services by selecting the specific service and provider desired.

Contact Information

  • Bianca Williams, M.P.A.
    ACE Program Officer
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 3W239
    LBJ Bldg. Washington, DC 20202-633

    Donna Bussell, M.Ed.
    NYCP Program Officer
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW, Suit 3W239
    LBJ Bldg. Washington, DC 20202-633
    (202) 453-6813

    Donna Sabis-Burns, Ph.D.
    Group Leader-Discretionary Grants
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW
    LBJ Bldg. Washington, DC 20202-633
    (202) 453-7077