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FY2019 STEP Grant Competition Closes August 12

FY 2019 STEP NIA (PDF, 324KB)

FY 2019 STEP Application Pacakge (PDF, 700KB)

FY 2019 STEP FAQ(PDF, 164KB)

For FY 2019 STEP Pre-Application Webinar Recordings:


For Historical Purposes Only

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


The STEP Pre-Application webinar recording is now avaialable. You may access the recording from the April 30th presentation here:

    The Office of Indian Education has been hosting a series of online webinar sessions for both of the programs currently with competitions. To date, the following webinars have been conducted:

      May 14, 2015 - Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) Pre-Application Webinar Session;
      May 12, 2015 - State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Preliminary Agreement Webinar Session; and
      April 30, 2015 - State Tribal Education Partnerships (STEP) Pre-Application Webinar Session
      All webinar sessions were recorded and are available at this link:


    FY 2015 Preliminary Webinar

    The May 12 webinar session will include:

      State Tribal Education (STEP) Partnership Preliminary Agreements/TEA Webinar Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. EDT
      Program Contact: Shahla Ortega, U.S. Department of Education -
      To register for this webinar click here: REGISTER HERE.

    The webinar will provide important information about Tribal Education Agencies - their functions, purposes, and their interaction with STEP funding. The webinar will also focus on providing information to potential STEP applicants on developing preliminary agreements and strategies to build collaboration and enhance communication. It is designed to assist potential applicants to prepare their preliminary agreements for the 2015 STEP competition. 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.

    The Federal Register link to the official announcement is here:

    For additional information on the STEP program please contact

    Last Modified: 07/31/2019