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For FY 2015 there is a new Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) competition in which the Office of Indian Education will be soliciting applications. The notice inviting applications was published on April 28, 2015 in the Federal Register. In additon to the dates below interested parties should review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at this link:

Application Dates
Application Opens: April 28, 2015
Application Available: April 28, 2015
Application Due Date: June 29, 2015

Pre-Application Webinar: May 14, 2015
Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: June 2, 2015
Awards Announced: By September 30, 2015

Current Application
  • The notice inviting application for the Native Youth Community Projects Competition was published on April 28, 2015, may be found here: Federal Register Notice

  • Applications must be submitted electronically through See the original Federal Register Notice for more information.

  • Applicants will need to set up a Grants.Gov account in order to access the 2015 NYCP grant application. The direct link to the application package on is located here: but may not be available until later. The CFDA number for the demonstration program is 84.299A.

  • When avaialbe we will provide a direct link to download the NYCP application to work offline. To submit the application online or work on the application online, applicants must register in and provide certain information before they can apply online or submit their applications online.

  • Download the application instructions here:
    2015 NYCP Grant Application Instructions.

  • Download the 2015 Native Youth Community Projects Application here:
    2015 NYCP Grant Application.

  • You may also download the 2015 Native Youth Community Projects application in Word and PDF versions below:

    download icon MS Word(325K) | PDF(928K)

  • For printed applications contact:
    David Emenheiser
    NYCP Competition Manager
    US Department of Education
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    LBJ, Room 3W215
    Washington, DC 20202-6335
    Telephone: 1-202- 260-1488
    EMail: David.Emenheiser@Ed.Gov

  • If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339

All applications must be submitted by the closing date of June 29, 2015 and meet the submission requirements identified in the Notice Inviting Applications in order to be considered for FY 2015 funding.

Projects selected for funding should plan start dates of October 1, 2015.

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 NYCP Program by e-mail at: David.Emenheiser@Ed.Gov




We have received several questions about travel to Project Directors’ Meeting for Native Youth Community Projects. Part 2: Budget Information section of the application instructions includes a description of the Travel (line 3) which states “Applicants are strongly encouraged to budget funds for a representative from the partnering entities to accompany the project director in attending a Project Director’s Meeting in the first three years of the grant.”

Projects funded under this competition should budget travel funds for the project director to attend a two-day Project Directors’ meeting in Washington, DC during each year of the project period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to set aside adequate funds within their proposed budget for one representative from each key partner entity to attend the two-day technical assistance meeting in Washington, DC in each year of the project period.


We have received several questions about eligibility for Native Youth Community Projects. Although the partnerships may include various entities and organizations, the application must be submitted by an eligible entity.

The eligible entities are defined in statute. The lead applicant, that is, the entity that submits the application, must be one of the following: State educational agency, local educational agency, Indian tribe, Indian organization, federally supported elementary school or secondary school for Indian students, or Indian institution (including an Indian institution of higher education (IHE)).

An appropriate application submitted by an eligible entity partnering with other ineligible entities will be reviewed and is eligible for funding. However, an application submitted by an ineligible entity that partners with eligible entities will not be reviewed despite its meeting all other requirements. If you have questions about whether your school, college, or organization qualifies as an eligible entity, please reach out to the ED contact listed in the Notice Inviting Applications for Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) – David.Emenheiser@Ed.Gov.

For your convenience, we are copying the definitions of some of these entities below.

Local educational agency is a public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State, or for a combination of school districts or counties that is recognized in a State as an administrative agency for its public elementary schools or secondary schools.

Indian organization means an organization that--

(1) Is legally established--

    (i) By tribal or inter-tribal charter or in accordance with State or tribal law; and
    (ii) With appropriate constitution, by-laws, 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; and (6) Is not an agency of State or local government.

For any questions regarding these notices, please contact: David.Emenheiser@Ed.Gov.

    The Office of Indian Education has been hosting a series of online webinar sessions for both of the programs currently with competitions (STEP and NYCP). The webinar series has concluded but you can still access archives of the sessions.

      April 30, 2015 - State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Pre-Application Webinar Session
      May 12, 2015 - State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Preliminary Agreement Webinar Session; and
      May 14, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Pre-Application Webinar Session;
      May 19, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Developing Community Partnerships Webinar Session;
      May 21, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Needs Assessment and Data Analysis
      May 27, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Going From A Needs Assessment to a Strategy
      May 28, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Program Devleopment, Goals, Measurable Objectives, and Services
      June 3, 2015 - NYCP/STEP, Evaluation 101: An Introduction to Evaluating Grant Projects
      June 9, 2015 - NYCP/STEP: Tips for Grant Writing and Evaluation
      All webinar sessions were recorded and are available at this link:

    (June 16, 2015)


    Instructions for Submitting Intent to Apply:

    A. Prospective applicants are encouraged to notify the Department of their intent to apply for a grant under the NYCP program. Prospective applicants should submit the following information to the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) NYCP Program official with "Notice of Intent to Apply" in the subject line to: David.Emenheiser@Ed.Gov by June 2, 2015 and include the following:

    B. Applicant's name, address and contact person's email:

    C. Contact person's name and email address:

    D. A defined local geographical community to be served:

    E. Name(s) of partnering LEA(s) or BIE-funded school(s);

    D. Name(s) of partnering tribe(s) or TEA(s); and

    E. If appropriate, name(s) of other partnering organizations(s).

    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.

    Last Modified: 06/17/2015