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Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to Advance the
Education of Indigenous Populations Impacted by COVID-19

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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) - Rural, Insular, and Native Achievement Programs (RINAP)

Deadline Date:

07/02/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, CBOs, educational organizations, agencies, and charter schools to further the education of indigenous populations that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete.

The NHE program traditionally serves the unique educational needs of Native Hawaiians and recognizes the roles of Native Hawaiian languages and cultures in the educational success and long-term well-being of Native Hawaiian students. The program supports effective supplemental education programs that maximize participation of Native Hawaiian educators and leaders in the planning, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of programs designed to serve Native Hawaiians. Funding is provided in the ARP Act for awards to NHE-eligible entities for the NHE activities authorized under section 6205(a)(3) of the ESEA with the purpose of supporting educational opportunities for Native Hawaiians who, and Native Hawaiian communities that, have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In order to target projects that will leverage the additional NHE ARP funding, the Department is establishing two distinct priorities. Applicants must address one of the two absolute priorities. These priorities are:

  • Absolute Priority 1: Native Hawaiian Education Activities: Projects that address one or more of the authorized activities pursuant to section 6205(a)(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
  • Absolute Priority 2: Research and Data Collection Activities: Statewide projects that propose research and data collection activities to determine the educational status and needs of Native Hawaiian children and adults.

Each absolute priority supports identified needs in the Native Hawaiian community. Absolute Priority 1 allows for multiple local or regional grants to be funded consistent with previous NHE grant competitions. Through Absolute Priority 2, the Department intends to expand statewide research and data collection activities to better determine the educational status and needs of Native Hawaiian children and adults.

For details on Absolute Priority 1 activities, see

For details on Absolute Priority 2 activities, see

New grantees may propose projects that address current needs in the Native Hawaiian community in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing grantees may propose either new projects to address newly identified needs in response to COVID-19 or projects that build on and leverage current NHE-funded activities to address the additional impacts of COVID-19.

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GrantWatch ID#: 127964

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

36; The Department will award multiple grants under Absolute Priority 1. In contrast, the Department will award only one grant under Absolute Priority 2.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards:
- (1) Absolute Priority 1: Authorized Native Hawaiian Education Activities: $250,000—$950,000 for each 12-month budget period.
- (2) Absolute Priority 2: Research and Data Collection Activities: $1,000,000—$3,000,000 for each 12-month budget period.

Estimated Average Size of Awards:
- (1) Absolute Priority 1: Authorized Native Hawaiian Education Activities: $750,000 for each 12-month budget period.
- (2) Absolute Priority 2: Research and Data Collection Activities: $2,000,000 for each 12-month budget period.

Term of Contract:

Up to 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply under this competition: (a) Native Hawaiian educational organizations. (b) Native Hawaiian community-based organizations. (c) Public and private nonprofit organizations, agencies, and institutions with experience in developing or operating Native Hawaiian programs or programs of instruction in the Native Hawaiian language. (d) Charter schools. (e) Consortia of the organizations, agencies, and institutions described in paragraphs (a) through (c).

Note: Although State educational agencies (SEAs) and LEAs are not eligible entities, applicants are encouraged to partner and coordinate with an SEA or LEA in proposing and implementing a project.

NHE ARP program funding may not be used for the acquisition of real property or construction under 34 CFR 75.533. However, this general prohibition on construction and acquisition of real property does not extend to activities that meet the definition of ‘‘minor remodeling’’ under 34 CFR 77.1.

No more than five percent of funds awarded for a grant under this program may be used for administrative costs.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Available: May 28, 2021
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 2, 2021

Applications received by are date- and time-stamped upon submission. The application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date- and time-stamped by the system no later than 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the application deadline date.

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, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the database. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN. It is recommended that you register early. If you are unable to submit an application on by the application deadline because you do not have an active SAM registration, you will not be considered for funding.

Applicants are required to follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, which contain requirements and information on how to submit an application (see Supporting Documents below).

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Applicants needing assistance with may contact the Support Center either by calling 1-800-518-4726 or by sending an email to

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, contact:

Julius C Cotton
ED FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6288

Program Manager:
Joanne Osborne
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E306
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 401-1265

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