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There will not be a competition in FY2018.


This information is being provided for historic purposes.


The Department of Education, Office of Indian Education is soliciting highly qualified individuals to assist in the review process for one discretionary grant competition for 2017. This includes: Native American Language Grants (NAL)—electronic review tentatively scheduled in early July, 2017. The purposes of the NAL@ED program are to: (1) Support schools that use Native American and Alaska Native languages as the primary language of instruction; (2) 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 (3) 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. For Fiscal Year 2017 the program will be administered under Title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended. Readers are eligible to apply if you have not read for three consecutive years. Field readers with advanced education degrees and/or experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities desired but not required. Degreed individuals who possess Native language instruction experience are encouraged to apply. Individuals selected as panel readers will need to commit to being available by telephone one or two hours per day for up to two weeks reading, scoring and paneling on assigned applications. Your resume will be reviewed for conflict of interest concerns. By June 30, 2017, please submit your resume, including a valid email address and phone number, (May 23, 2017)


For FY 2017 there is a new Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program competition in which the Office of Indian Education will be soliciting applications. The notice inviting applications was published on May 4, 2017 in the Federal Register. In addition to the dates below interested parties should review the application package at:

Application Dates
Application Opens: May 4, 2017
Application Available: May 4, 2017
Application Due Date: June 19, 2017
Pre-Application Webinar: TBA
Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: June 8, 2017
Awards Announced: By September 30, 2017

Current Application
  • The notice inviting applications for the Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program Competition was published on May 4, 2017, may be found here:
  • Applications must be submitted electronically through
  • The Opportunity Number is: ED-GRANTS-050417-001 and the CFDA Number is: 84.415B
  • Applicants will need to set up a account in order to access the 2017 NAL@ED grant application. The direct link to the application package on is located here: . The CFDA number for the demonstration program is 84.415B.
  • When available we will provide a direct link to download the NAL@ED Program application to work offline. To submit the application online or work on the application online, applicants must register and provide certain information before they can apply online or submit their applications online.
  • Grant Submit Tips are available here:

  • You may download the 2017 Native American Language (NAL@ED) Program application MS Word (502KB)

  • For printed applications contact:
    John Cheek
    NAL@ED Competition Manager
    US Department of Education
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Ave. SW
    LBJ, Room 3W207
    Washington, DC 20202-6335
    Telephone: 1-202- 401-0274
  • 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 19, 2017 and meet the submission requirements identified in the Notice Inviting Applications in order to be considered for FY 2017 funding.

Projects selected for funding should plan start dates of October 1, 2017.

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:



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 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 com/petitive preference priority the applicant is addressing 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.


The following definitions apply to this competition. For the purposes of this competition, we establish the definitions for “elementary school,” “Indian organization,” “performance target,” “secondary school,” and “tribe,” in accordance with section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1). The definitions of “Native American” and “Native American language” are from sections 6151(3) and section 8101(34) of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA (20 U.S.C. 7491(3) and 7801(34)), and section 103 of the Native American Languages Act (25 U.S.C. 2902). The definition of “tribal college or university” is from section 6133 of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA (20 U.S.C. 7453) and section 316 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1059c). All other definitions are from 34 CFR 77.1.

Ambitious means promoting continued, meaningful improvement for program participants or for individuals or entities affected by the grant, or representing a significant advancement in the field of education research, practices, or methodologies. When used to describe a performance target, whether a performance target is ambitious depends upon the context of the relevant performance measure and the baseline for that measure.

Baseline means the starting point from which performance is measured and targets are set.

Elementary school means, for State-funded public schools, a day or residential school that provides elementary education, as determined under State law. The term means, for tribally controlled schools, a day or residential school that provides elementary education as determined under tribal law. The definition of “elementary school” may include pre-kindergarten if included in the State or tribal definition of elementary education.

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.

Native American means “Indian” as defined in section 6151 of the ESEA, which includes Alaska Natives and members of federally recognized or State-recognized tribes; Native Hawaiian; and Native American Pacific Islander.

Native American language means the historical, traditional languages spoken by Native Americans.

Performance measure means any quantitative indicator, statistic, or metric used to gauge program or project performance.

Performance target means the goal for the number and percentage of participants to meet each performance measure each period of the project and as a result of a project. The performance targets should increase for each project period with the goal that students progress toward high-level fluency in the Native language.

Secondary school means a day or residential school that provides secondary education as determined under State or tribal law.

Tribal college or university means an institution that—

    (1) Qualifies for funding under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) or the Navajo Community College Act (25 U.S.C. 640a note); or
    (2) Is cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note).

Tribe means either a federally recognized tribe or a State-recognized tribe.

For any questions regarding these notices, please

Last Modified: 10/02/2018