Indian Education Formula Grants (Formula)

Office of Indian Education


Formula Grants

Formula Grant to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)

This program is designed to address the unique cultural, language, and educationally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, including preschool children. The programs funded are to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of Indian students and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standard. The program is the Department's principal vehicle for addressing the particular needs of Indian children.

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While adhering to all related program requirements, grantees will provide participant Native American/American Indian and Alaska Native PreK-12 students with valid ED506 forms or who are included in an approved BIE ISEP Count with highly-relevant, culturally-based academic learning experiences that improve their skill-set(s), while addressing the needs of the “whole child/person.”

Types of Projects

Grant funds supplement the regular school program by meeting the culturally related academic needs of Indian children. Projects help Indian children sharpen their academic skills, assist students in becoming proficient in the core content areas, and provide students an opportunity to participate in enrichment programs that would otherwise be unavailable. Funds support such activities as culturally-responsive after-school programs, Native language classes, early childhood education, tutoring, and dropout prevention.

Additional Information

The Indian Education Formula Grant program provides grants to support local educational agencies in their efforts to reform elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. Annually each applicant develops and submits to the Department a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of Indian children. Applicants must develop this plan in collaboration with a local committee comprised primarily of parents and family members of Indian children and must include student performance goals, a description of professional development activities that the applicant will carry out, and an explanation of how it will assess students’ progress toward meeting its goals and will provide the results of this assessment to the parent committee, Indian community and tribes whose children are served by the LEA.

Special Events

The Office of Indian Education (OIE) is hosting four virtual listening sessions to listen and learn about the realities that impact Title VI (Part A) Indian Education within your community. This is your opportunity to be heard and help the OIE identify ways we can enhance our delivery of meaningful services. Topics and dates are as follows: Note: If you are having any issues with the registration links below, please copy the URL into your browser and press enter. Understanding Educational Technology Needs: Realities and Opportunities March 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET – To register:

Advancing the Interagency Memorandum of Agreement on Native Languages: Promising Practices & Persistent Barriers March 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET – To register:

Identifying Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs: Realities and Needs March 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET – To register:

Aligning Indian Parent Committee Needs To Efficient and Effective Supports: Learning from Vetted Practices to Resolve Barriers March 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET – To register:

This is an opportunity to share your experiences and attendance is not required. Written comments must be transmitted via email to no later than 11:59 p.m. ET March 31, 2022. We are committed to facilitating thoughtful listening sessions to ensure the Indian Education community is properly heard and responded to. Your participation helps the OIE to remain accountable to our stakeholders and helps identify other topic areas that may require further listening sessions or Tribal Consultations

Contact Information

  • Dr. Crystal Moore, Supervisory Education Program Specialist
    Indian Education Formula Grants
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20202