Courses include Adult Basic Education (ABE), preparation for the General Educational Development Test (GED); life-coping skills such as budgeting, driver training and filing of Federal and State taxes; and continuing education courses such as typing and computer literacy.
The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.
Approximately 140 tribes receive funding to provide educational opportunities for adults.
Uses and Use Restrictions
All funds must be for direct services.
Funds may not be used for administration.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and members of American Indian Tribes.
Initial application must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe.
Aplication and Award Process
The applicant should consult the Agency/Area Program Administrator for Education.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Initial applications must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed applications should be submitted to the local BIA agency or area office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
The dollar value of the awards depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the individual Tribe through tribal participation in the BIA's budget formulation process.
Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 25 U.S.C. 13; Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR Part 900.
Awards may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor/grantee. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award. The amount of the award may be adjusted as a result of individual tribal priorities established in the budget formulation process.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe.
Post Assistance Requirements
Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.
Program accomplishment reporting requirements will be negotiated with the Self-Determination contractor/grantee.
For awards made under this program, grantees are responsible for obtaining audits. All nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more of Federal awards in a year ($300,000 for fiscal year ending on or before December 30, 2003) are required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et. seq.) and OMB Circular A-133, Compliance Supplement and Government Auditing Standards. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 (for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
FY 07 $2,464,000; FY 08 est $2,434,000; and FY 09 est $2,429,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100 to $629,400; $25,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
25 CFR, Part 46; 25 CFR, Part 900.
Regional or Local Office
See Education Line Officers' addresses in Catalog Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS-3609 MB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20240. Contact: Keith Neves; Telephone: (202) 208-3601.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All applicants meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected.