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Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) Program

Grants to USA Eligible Schools, Tribes, and Educational Organizations
for Programs and Projects to Benefit Indigenous Children and Youth

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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)

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03/03/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA eligible schools, Tribes, and educational organizations for programs and projects to benefit the instruction of indigenous children and youth. Applicants are advised that the required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to develop and enhance capacity to provide effective instruction and support to Native American and Alaska Native students, including Native Hawaiian and Native American Pacific Islander students, who are identified as English learners (ELs). The goal of this program is to support the teaching, learning, and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency and academic achievement of students served.


  • Absolute Priority: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which awards are made from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) only applications that meet this priority will be considered. This priority is:
    • Projects that support the teaching, learning, and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency of the children served.
  • Invitational Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent years in which awards are made from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) these do not give an application that meets an invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. These priorities are:
    • Remote Learning: Under this invitational priority, an applicant must propose a project that is designed to address one or both of the following priority areas:
      • (a) Adopting and supporting models that leverage technology (e.g., universal design for learning, competency-based education, or hybrid/blended learning) and provide high-quality digital learning content, applications, and tools.
      • (b) Providing personalized and job-embedded professional learning to build the capacity of educators to effectively use technology to create remote learning experiences that advance student engagement and learning (e.g., synchronous and asynchronous professional learning, professional learning networks or communities, and coaching). 
    • Promoting Literacy: Projects that provide families with evidence-based (as defined in this notice) strategies for promoting literacy. Such strategies may include providing families with access to books or other physical or digital materials or content about how to support their child’s reading development, or providing family literacy activities as defined in section 203(9) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194297

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Range of Awards: $275,000–325,000 per year.
- Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 60 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: The following entities, when they operate elementary, secondary, or postsecondary schools primarily for Native American children (including Alaska Native children), are eligible applicants under this program:
(a) Indian Tribes.
(b) Tribally sanctioned educational authorities.
(c) Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander Native language educational organizations.
(d) Elementary schools or secondary schools that are operated or funded by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education, or a consortium of these schools.
(e) Elementary schools or secondary schools operated under a contract with or grant from the Bureau of Indian Education in consortium with another such school or a Tribal or community organization.
(f) Elementary schools or secondary schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education and an IHE, in consortium with an elementary school or secondary school operated under a contract with or a grant from the Bureau of Indian Education or a Tribal or community organization

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Available: December 18, 2020.
- Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: February 15, 2021.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 3, 2021 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 3, 2021.

An intent to apply is requested but is not a requirement to apply for the NAM grant.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must—
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (, the Government’s primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the following website: webform. A DUNS number can be created within one to two business days.

If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the IRS or the Social Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, please allow two to five weeks for your TIN to become active.

The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks. Once your registration is active, it may be 24 to 48 hours before you can access the information in, and submit an application through,

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, contact:
Celeste McLaughlin
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 4W206
Washington, DC 20202.
Telephone: (202) 453–6054.

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.

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