Indian Education Grants to Local Educational Agencies

To address (1) the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students, so that these students can meet the challenging state performance standards expected of all students, (2) to ensure that Indian students gain knowledge and understanding of Native communities, languages, tribal

histories, traditions, and cultures; and (3) to ensure that teachers, principals, other school leaders and other staff who serve Indian students have that ability to provide culturally appropriate and effective instruction.

This program is the Department's principal vehicle for addressing the particular needs of Indian children.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
The Cherokee Nation $ 35,062,275   2019-07-012023-09-30
Miccosukee Corporation $ 15,705,906   1991-08-292023-09-30
Anchorage School District $ 2,652,263   2021-07-012022-11-30
Kickapoo Nation School $ 7,100,499   2019-07-012022-09-30
Poplar School District 9 And 9b $ 206,581   2021-07-012022-06-30
Rocky Boy Schools $ 32,917   2021-07-012022-06-30
Magdalena Municipal School District# 12 $ 27,409   2021-07-012022-06-30
Espanola Public School District $ 44,667   2021-07-012022-06-30
Big Bay De Noc Education Assoc. $ 12,672   2021-07-012022-06-30
Vernon Parish School Board $ 7,607   2021-07-012022-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants supplement the regular school program, helping Indian children sharpen their academic skills, assisting students in becoming proficient in the core content areas, and providing students an opportunity to participate in enrichment programs that would otherwise be unavailable.

Funds support such activities as Native American language programs, after-school programs, tutoring, and dropout prevention.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569.

For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local educational agencies (LEAs) that enroll at least 10 Indian children or in which Indians constitute at least 25 percent of the total enrollment.

These requirements do not apply to LEAs serving Indian children in Alaska, California, and Oklahoma or located on, or in proximity to, an Indian reservation.

Schools that receive funding from the Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) under Section 1130 of the Education Amendments of 1978, 25 U.S.C.

2001, are eligible to participate in this program.

If an eligible LEA does not apply, an Indian tribe or an Indian organization that makes up at least half of the LEAs' Indian students may apply in lieu of the LEA.

If no eligible LEA or Indian tribe or Indian organization applies for a grant, an Indian community-based organization may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible Indian children enrolled in eligible local educational agencies, BIE-funded schools, Indian organizations, and Indian Community Based Organizations.


The applicant must certify the number of eligible Indian children enrolled. The grant award is computed based on this information. An applicant must also assure that it has carried out a number of other required activities, including: holding a public hearing, establishing an Indian parent committee, if the applicant is an LEA, and making arrangements for an evaluation of the effectiveness of the project. No grant will be made unless the applicant has the written approval of the applicant's Indian parent committee. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The LEA annually submits to the Department of Education an application describing its proposed project. Application forms are available from the headquarters office.

Award Procedures

Awards are issued annually directly to the applicant. Awards are made to all applicants that meet the applicable requirements of the Act and that have designed a project that meets the statutory requirements.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Title VI, Part A, Subpart 1.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 160 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title ESEA, Title VI, Part A, Subpart 1, Section 6113. This program has no matching requirements. The Department calculates the amount of a grant that an LEA receives by multiplying the number of Indian children enrolled in the LEA's schools by the average per-pupil expenditure for the State in which the applicant is located, or 80 percent of the national average per pupil expenditure, whichever is greater. In setting the actual amount of a grant, an applicant's formula amount is adjusted on the basis of available appropriations. Grantees must receive a minimum grant of $3,000. Maintenance-of-Effort Requirements: In order for an LEA to receive a grant, the appropriate State educational agency (SEA) must certify that the combined fiscal effort of that LEA and the State with respect to the provision of free public education by that LEA for the preceding fiscal year was not less than 90 percent of the combined fiscal effort for that purpose for the second preceding fiscal year. If an LEA does not meet this requirement and the Secretary does not grant a waiver for unusual circumstances, the LEA's grant award is reduced in the proportion by which the LEA failed to meet the combined fiscal effort requirement. DOI/Bureau of Indian Education grantees are exempt from the combined fiscal effort requirement. This program does not have MOE requirements. This program has supplement-not-supplant requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for up to 120 months and funds must be spent or obligated within the project period. Payments are made by direct deposit upon request by LEAs. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the program office for this information.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and performance reports are due within 90 days of the termination of the project period.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Records must be maintained 3 years after the completion of the activity for which grant funds were used.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $100,381,000; FY 17 est $100,381,000; and FY 18 est $100,190,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of New Awards: $4,000-$2,823,022; Average New Award: $78,024.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Bernard Garcia, Office of Indian Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 260-1454.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are contained in EDGAR; contact the program office for additional information.

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