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STEP Grant Competition for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

For FY 2015 there is a new STEP competition in which the Office of Indian Education will be soliciting applications. The notice inviting applications was published on April 16, 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 16, 2015
Application Available: April 16, 2015
Application Due Date: June 15, 2015

Pre-Application Webinar: April 30, 2015
Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: May 21, 2015
Awards Announced: By September 30, 2015

  • The notice inviting application for the State Tribal Education Partnership Competition was published on April 16, 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 STEP grant application. The direct link to the application package on is located here:

  • Below is the link to download the STEP 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 STEP Grant Application Instructions".

  • Download the 2015 STEP Application here:
    2015 STEP Grant Application".

  • You may also download the 2015 STEP application in Word and PDF versions below:

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

  • For printed applications contact: Shahla Ortega
    US Department of Education
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    LBJ, Room 3W223
    Washington, DC 20202-6335
    Telephone: 1-202-453-5602
    EMail: Shahla.Ortega@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 15, 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 Step Program by e-mail at: Shahla.Ortega@Ed.Gov


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 STEP program. Prospective applicants should submit the following information to the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) STEP Program official with "Notice of Intent to Apply" in the subject line to: Shahla.Ortega@Ed.Gov by May 21, 2015 and include the following:

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

C. Contact person's name and email address

D. The name of the State educational agency

E. Whether the applicant will be a single TEA or a consortium of TEAs


FY 2015 Pre-Application Webinar

The Office of Indian Education (OIE) announces the presentation of one (1) Pre-application Webinar for the 2015 New Award Competition of State Tribal Education Partnership program (STEP). The webinar will assist potential applicants to complete their submissions for the 2015 competition and address the same material. This webinar will be recorded and archived for a limited time. Presentation for the webinar and questions and answers generated from the webinar will be available to the public. Registration information will be posted here when available.

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Last Modified: 04/20/2015