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Fiscal Year 2022 Competition

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 competition has now closed. No more applications are being accepted at this time.

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Funding Status


Funds Available: $ $1,100,000
Number of New Awards Anticipated: 4 to 8
Estimated Range of Awards: $125,000-$300,000
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $215,000 per year.
Project Period: Up to 36 months

The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action.

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

Applicant Information


  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: July 29, 2020
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 28, 2020
  • The notice inviting applications for the Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program Competition was published on July 14, 2020, may be found here: www.grants.gov.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov
  • The CFDA Number is: 84.415B
  • Applicants will need to set up a Grants.gov account in order to access the 2020 NAL@ED grant application. The direct link to the application package on Grants.gov is located here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html 
  • For printed applications contact: Email: NAL@ed.gov

All applications must be submitted by the closing date of August 28, 2020 and meet the submission requirements identified in the Notice Inviting Applications in order to be considered for FY 2020 funding.

Projects selected for funding should plan start dates of October 1, 2020.

Please carefully read the closing notice for the program in order to meet all eligibility and submission requirements. If you have questions, please contact OESE NAL@ED Program by e-mail at: NAL@ED.GOV.

See below for information regarding technical assistance virtual events.



Instructions for Submitting Intent to Apply:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to notify the Department of their intent to apply for a grant under the NAL@ED program. We strongly encourage each potential applicant to notify us of the applicant’s intent to submit an application by emailing NAL@ed.gov with the subject line: Intent to Apply and include in the content of the email the following information: (1) the applicant organization’s and address, (2) absolute priority and/or any competitive preference priority the applicant is planning to address in the application, and (3) the Native language on which the project would focus.

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.


Notices of Intent to Apply as of 7/30/20

Note: This chart is subject to changes/updates, and does not represent all applicants. Though a potential applicant’s name may appear here, it does not mean that it will, in fact, apply for the grant.

Notices of Intent to Apply as of 8/7/2020
Note: This chart is subject to changes/updates, and does not represent all applicants. Though a potential applicant’s name may appear here, it does not mean that it will, in fact, apply for the grant.
Prospective Applicant State Proposed Native American Language of Instruction (self-reported)
Anchorage School District AK Yup’ik
Bering Strait School District AK Inupiaq
Doyon Foundation AK Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana)
Deg Xinag
Denaakk’e (Koyukon)
Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)
Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim)
Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)
Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana)
Hooper Bay Charter School AK Yup’ik
Yukon-Koyukuk School District AK Athabascan (multiple dialects)
Jeehdeez’a Elementary school AZ Dine’ (Navajo)
Dine College AZ Navajo
Tonalea Day School AZ Dine (Navajo)
Navajo Language Renaissance AZ Navajo
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community AZ Not provided
To’Hajiilee Community School AZ Dine
San Diego County Office of Education CA Kumeyaay
Yurok Tribe CA Yurok
Wiyot Tribe CA Wiyot (Sulótalak)
Kickapoo Nation School KS Kickapoo
Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School MN Ojibwe
Nevis School District 308 MN Not provided
New Kituwah Academy NC Cherokee
Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation ND Hidatsa
University of North Dakota ND Lakota
University of North Dakota, in consortium with the Four Winds High School (LEA), and with the Northeast Education Services Cooperative in Devils Lake ND Dakota
Omaha Public School (OPS) District NE Umonhon (Omaha)
Winnebago Public School NE Hochunk Language of the Winnebago Tribe of Alaska
Winnebago Tribe NE Ho-Chunk Language
Albuquerque Public Schools NM Navajo
Mescalero Apache Schools NM Apache
Kha’p’o Community School NM Tewa
Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education NM Tewa
Pueblo of Jemez Department of Education NM Jemez (Towa) Language
Pueblo of Isleta NM Tiwa
San Ildefonso Day School NM Tewa
Santo Domingo Pueblo NM Not provided
Santa Rosa Ranch School NM Tohono O’odham
Cleveland American Indian Movement OH Not provided
Cherokee Nation OK Cherokee
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes OK Cheyenne and Arapaho
Glenpool Public Schools OK Muscogee (Creek) language
Grand View School OK Not provided
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation OR Not provided
Marty Indian School SD Ihanktowan Dakota
Pine Ridge School SD Lakota
Rapid City Area Schools SD Not provided
Red Cloud Indian School SD Lakota
Sisseton Wahpeton College SD Dakota
Chief Leschi Schools WA Twulshootseed Puyallup Tribal language
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation WA Nslxcin, titoqatimt, and nxamxcin
Lummi Nation WA Lummi
Quileute Tribal School District WA Quileute
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe WA Sauk-Suiattle Lushootseed
Wa He Lut Indian School WA Salish; (Lushootseed is the umbrella language with an emphasis on the Southern Puget Sound Dialect, Quilshootseed.)
Oneida Nation High School WI TehatiwʌnakhwaɁ
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa WI Ojibwe



90-minute technical assistance virtual events will be held on the following dates

Pre-Application Workshop: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern Time “(Recording here)”

Pre-Application Workshop: Friday, July 31, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern Time (repeat of July 21 workshop) “(Recording here)

Technical Assistance Session: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned, Thursday, August 6, 2020, 4:00 – 5:30pm Eastern Time (“Recording here)”

Please send an email to NAL@ED.gov for participation details.

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Primary Functions of the Office of Indian Education

  • Grants Management – Design and oversee system for administering all types of Indian education grants, including formula and discretionary.

  • Evaluation – Prepare and track performance indicators and help carry out national evaluations of programs.

  • Interagency Coordination – Provide leadership for ED-wide policy coordination in Indian education, formulating policy and guidance, and identifying key issue areas.

  • Communication – Help develop and implement a system for maintaining open communications with the field through a strong relationship with the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE).

Office of Indian Education Values Statement

We, the employees of the Office of Indian Education, commit to the following values:

  • Teamwork: We will work together cooperatively, be supportive of each other, do our fair share, and share our knowledge, expertise, information and resources in a work environment where everyone has an important role and is encouraged to make contributions that are valued.

  • Leadership: We all have a responsibility for leadership in the Office of Indian education to accomplish the mission and vision of the organization and to model professional relationships with each other.

  • Roles and Responsibilities: We will create roles and responsibilities that are clearly delineated for all staff, and where assignments are balanced in quantity and complexity, resulting in quality work products that are delivered in a timely manner by staff who are attentive to their work responsibilities.

  • Customer Service: We will provide quality service to our customers that is performed in a helpful, friendly and courteous manner by a professionally knowledgeable staff in a timely fashion.

  • Communication: We will have open communication and share information through open dialogues.

  • Program Operations: We will provide high-quality services to American Indian and Alaska Native students through effective program operations.

  • Learning Organization: We will create an environment conducive to learning, that empowers all staff to develop and achieve high standards for the organization to meet its mission.

  • Professional Development: We will actively engage in developing ourselves professionally and personally to enhance the performance of the Office of Indian Education and further our career goals.

The mission of the U.S. Department of Education is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.

Native American Language Grant (NAL@ED)

Native Language Revitalization and Native Language Immersion Curricula in Tribal Early Childhood Programs

On July 18, 2022, the Administration for Children and Families hosted a webinar on approaches to revitalizing Native languages and implementing Native language immersion curricula in Tribal early childhood programs. Click here to view the recording, download a copy of the presentation, and access the resources shared during the webinar.

Program Overview

The purposes of the NAL@ED program are to support schools that use Native American and Alaska Native languages as the primary language of instruction; maintain, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans and Alaska Natives to use, practice, maintain, and revitalize their languages, as envisioned in the Native American Languages Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.); and support the Nation’s First Peoples’ efforts to maintain and revitalize their languages and cultures, and to improve educational opportunities and student outcomes within Native American and Alaska Native communities.

Types Of Projects

The absolute funding priorities for the program in FY2020 limit projects to the development and maintenance of new Native American language programs or the expansion and improvement of existing Native American language programs.

Absolute Priority 1: Develop and Maintain New Native American Language Programs

To meet this priority, an applicant must propose to develop and maintain a Native American language instructional program that—

  1. Will support Native American language education and development for Native American students, as well as provide professional development for teachers and, as appropriate, staff and administrators, to strengthen the overall language and academic goals of the school or schools that will be served by the project;
  2. Will take place in a school; and
  3. Does not augment or replace a program of identical scope that was active within the last three years at the school(s) to be served.

Absolute Priority 2: Expand and Improve Existing Native American Language Programs

To meet this priority, an applicant must propose to improve and expand a Native American language instructional program that—

  1. Will improve and expand Native American language education and development for Native American students, as well as provide professional development for teachers and, as appropriate, staff and administrators, to strengthen the overall language and academic goals of the school or schools that will be served by the project;
  2. Will continue to take place in a school; and
  3. Within the past three years has been offered at the school(s) to be served.