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Grants to California American Indian Nonprofits, Associations, and Tribal Groups for Educational Resource Centers

2019-20 American Indian Education Center (AIEC) Program


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Funding Source
California Department of Education (CDE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/25/19 4:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to California American Indian nonprofit organizations, associations, and Tribal groups for educational resource centers to address the academic and cultural needs of American Indian students, parents and the public schools that serve them. Funding is intended to improve academic achievement and lower dropout rates among American Indian students at all grade levels, including encouraging students to continue education beyond high school.

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications from eligible Tribal Groups or Incorporated American Indian Associations for grants to operate American Indian Education Centers (AIEC) authorized by sections 33370 and 33380–33385 of the California Education Code (EC).

The AIEC grant funds may be used for any of the purposes specified in the authorizing legislation and the program regulations to promote the academic and cultural achievement of the students. The AIEC grant funds may be used, on the basis of established priority needs, to accomplish the following:
a. Improve the academic achievement of American Indian pupils in kindergarten and grades one to twelve, inclusive.
b. Improve the self-concept and sense of identity of American Indian pupils and adults.
c. Serve as a center for related community activities.
d. Provide individual and group counseling to pupils and adults related to personal adjustment, academic progress, and vocational planning.
e. Create and offer coordinated programs with the public schools.
f. Provide a focus for summer cultural, recreational, and academic experiences.
g. Create and offer adult classes and activities that benefit parents or guardians of pupils in its programs.
h. Provide training programs to develop pathways to college and the workplace for American Indian pupils.
i. Provide American Indian educational resource materials to pupils, their parents, and the schools they attend in order to ensure appropriate tribal histories and cultures is made available.

The AIECs serve as educational resource centers in American Indian communities for American Indian students, their families, and the public schools in those communities. A student’s heritage may be from any of the 109 California tribes or from any of the hundreds of tribes from across the country. Primary emphasis is placed on the provision of direct services to improve achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics. A secondary purpose is to build students’ self-concept in relation to their heritage through cultural activities. A primary outcome of these activities is to create a skilled, educated workforce in the American Indian community and in California.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies

Required Eligibility Criteria: Only Tribal Groups or Incorporated American Indian Association may apply for this funding.

Eligibility Requirements:
-An application for the establishment of a California AIEC may be made to the CDE by an Tribal Group or Incorporated American Indian Association, separately or jointly, upon forms provided by the CDE (EC Section 33383[a]).
-“Tribal Group” means any federally recognized tribal government, including terminated California tribes (5 CCR, Section 11996.1, subdivision [o]).
-“Incorporated American Indian Association” means a California American Indian governed community-based organization that has received and maintains its nonprofit status from the federal government and has current articles of incorporation on file with the State of California. It also means any tribally-incorporated nonprofit that either maintains separate nonprofit status with the federal government or uses the incorporating tribal federal designation (Public Law 93-638) (5 CCR, Section 11996.1, subdivision [h]).

For a list of unallowable costs please see page 22 of the Request for Applications for FY 2019-20 in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information
An original AIEC Program grant application (with original signatures) and one copy, must be received by the CDE no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Transmission of applications by electronic mail (email) or facsimile is not allowed.

Expected Notification Date: September 1, 2019

Successful grantees will be required to submit a Continuing Application (on forms provided by the CDE) annually. Applications for grant year 2019–20 must be received by the CDE within 60 days of the release date of the RFA.

Request for Applications 2019-20 American Indian Education Center Program:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Funds will be allocated for a maximum of 30 applications for the AIEC Program for grant year 2019–20.

Estimated Size of Grant
The CDE will fund successful grant applications at a maximum of $200,000 of the program application is well-justified and the budget is realistic and well-supported.

Term of Contract
This program covers a five-year cycle from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2024. The grant funding period shall be October 1 through September 30 for each year.

Contact Information
Applicants use express, certified, or registered mail for the application, or they should deliver the application in person to:
Judy Delgado, American Indian Education Consultant
Improvement and Accountability Division Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6208
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Judy Delgado

Chavela Delp

Coordinated Student Support
916-323-2183 (phone)
916-323-6061 (fax)

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