State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP)

To (a) promote tribal self-determination in education; (b) improve the academic achievement of Indian children and youth; and (c) promote the coordination and collaboration of tribal educational agencies (TEAs) with State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to meet the unique
educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Anchorage School District $ 527,924   2020-10-012022-09-30
Knik Tribe $ 731,118   2020-10-012022-09-30
Oneida Nation $ 189,982   2020-10-012022-09-30
Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Institute, Inc. $ 771,263   2020-10-012022-09-30
Blue Lake Rancheria, California $ 301,806   2020-10-012022-09-30
Yukon Koyukuk School District $ 761,630   2020-10-012022-09-30
Navajo Preparatory School, Incorporated $ 223,560   2020-10-012022-09-30
Virginia Tribal Education Consortium Inc $ 991,030   2020-10-012022-09-30
Aleut Community Of Saint Paul Island $ 263,459   2020-10-012022-09-30
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $ 729,071   2020-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds will be used to (a) plan and develop a TEA if the tribe or organization has no current TEA; and (b) directly administer education programs, build capacity to administer and coordinate such programs, and receive training from and provide training to SEAs and LEAs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible entities include an Indian tribe or tribal organization approved by an Indian tribe, or a tribal educational agency.

Beneficiary Eligibility

TEAs, SEAs, LEAs, Indian students, and teachers will benefit.


To be eligible for an award, an applicant must include evidence that supports the applicant's eligibility including: (A) a statement describing the activities to be conducted, and the objectives to be achieved, under the grant; (B) a description of the method to be used for evaluating the effectiveness of the activities for which assistance is sought and for determining whether such objectives are achieved; and (C) for applications for activities under subsection (c)(2), evidence of?(i) a preliminary agreement with the appropriate State educational agency, 1 or more local educational agencies, or both the State educational agency and a local educational agency; and (ii) existing capacity as a tribal educational agency. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Department of the applicant's intent to apply for funding by sending the following information via email to; (1) applicant name, mailing address and phone number; (2) contact person's name and email address; (3) name of the SEA; (4) whether the applicant intends to apply as a single TEA or a consortium of TEAs.

For more information, see the STEP website:

Frequently Asked Questions about the program may be found at

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with applicable program announcements.

Award Procedures

Applications will undergo peer review with the final decision on award approval and funding made by the Secretary.


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


ESEA, Title VII, Part A, Subpart 3, Section 6132.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The time of approval is expected to be approximately 2 months following the deadline for applications.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards may be made for up to 1 year to plan and develop a TEA and up to 3 years for all other allowable activities, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each eligible entity receiving a grant under this program annual must submit to the Secretary an annual report of its operations and activities.

Each annual report must include: (1) An executive summary; (2) project status; (3) budget information; and (4) supplemental information.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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. Specific audit requirements are found in Part 80 of EDGAR.


As required by EDGAR, 34 CFD 75.730-734.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $2,000,000; FY 17 est $2,000,000; and FY 18 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average award is expected to be $240,000 for a single TEA or $400,000 for a consortium of TEAs.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Refer to EDGAR 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79-82, 84-86, 97-99, and the debarment and suspension regulations at 2 CFR Part 3485. Note: Part 79 does not apply to federally-recognized Indian tribes.

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

Selection criteria are contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR 75.210.

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