Even Start_Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations

To help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy and improve the educational opportunities of low-income families through family literacy programs that integrate early childhood education, adult basic education, and parenting education.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Tribal Projects include the grant to San Pasqual of Mission Indians in Valley Center, California.

This project is based on economic self-sufficiency and promoting healthy families including scientifically based resources and parent support.

The comprehensive program integrates literacy, academics, culture, parenting and self-sufficiency through the four Even Start components.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

An estimated 5 grants will be funded in fiscal year 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used for activities such as recruitment and screening of children and parents, design of programs, instruction for children and parents, staff training, support services, evaluation, and coordination with other programs.

Indirect costs are not an allowable project cost unless a waiver is obtained from the Secretary of Education.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Section 4, may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Parents eligible for participation under the Adult Education Act, and their children from birth to seven years old will benefit. Families must be in need of Even Start Services, as indicated by a low income level and a low level of adult literacy or English language proficiency, or other need-related indicators.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications from Federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations must be submitted in accordance with the regulations, instructions, and forms included in the grant application package.

Award Procedures

The Department of Education notifies successful applicants of awards. Actual negotiation and awarding of grants is done by the Department's Grant and Contracts Service in cooperation with program staff.


Deadlines are announced in the Federal Register.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended; Title I, Part B, Subpart 3, 20 U.S.C. 6381-6381k.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 to 120 days.




Grants are for up to 4 years with annual renewals subject to the approval of the Department of Education and the availability of funds. Applicants may reapply at the end of the grant period, but may not receive funds for more than 8 years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of the cost of a subgrant project is not more than 90 percent in the first year, 80 percent in the second year, 70 percent in the third year, 60 percent in the fourth year, and 50 percent in any subsequent year.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants may not exceed four years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual performance reports are required.


In accordance with the Education Department General Administration Regulations in 34 CFR 80, State and local Governments that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $500,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80. For this purpose, the term "State" includes any Indian tribe.


In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain project records must be retained for three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,189,241; FY 08 est $951,816; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants range from $100,000 to $200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 75, 77, 80, 82, and 85. For more information contact the program office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-6132. Contact: Patricia McKee. E-mail Address patricia.mckee@ed.gov Telephone: (202) 260-0991.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210 are used to evaluate applications.

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