Promote the Survival and Continuing Vitality of Native American Languages

To provide financial assistance to eligible applicants for the purpose of three the survival and continued vitality of native languages.

This program area is divided into three categories: Category I Assessment Grants are 12-month projects to be used to conduct an assessment of the current status

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of the native language; Category II Planning Grants are up to 24 month projects to be used to plan a language project.

Implementation Grants are 12 to 36-month projects and allow for the implementation of language projects that support the community's long-term language preservation goals.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Agwadeyesta Dogeh, Inc. $ 374,403   2020-09-302025-06-30
Sitting Bull College $ 563,084   2020-09-302025-06-30
Oneida Nation $ 575,339   2020-09-302025-06-30
Bdote Learning Center, The $ 599,679   2020-09-302024-06-30
Wolakota/waldorf Society $ 600,000   2020-09-302023-06-30
Southern Ute Indian Tribe $ 501,485   2020-09-302023-06-30
The Cherokee Nation $ 600,000   2020-09-302023-06-30
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Of Oklahoma $ 400,000   2020-09-302023-06-30
Stone Child College Corporation $ 286,736   2020-09-302023-06-30
Dena' Nena' Henash $ 600,000   2020-09-302023-06-30

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 44 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that 35 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for language preservation and enhancement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The following organizations are eligible to apply; Federally-recognized Indian Tribes (as listed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in an October 21, 1993 Federal Register notice); Incorporated Non-Federally recognized Indian Tribes; Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or nonprofit village consortia; Nonprofit Alaska Native Regional Associations with village specific projects; Nonprofit Native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects; Incorporated nonprofit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations; Urban Indian Centers: Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians; National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives; Public and nonprofit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (The populations served may be located on these islands or in the United States.); and Tribally Controlled Community Colleges, Tribally Controlled Post Secondary Vocational Institutions, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serves Native American Pacific Islanders.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders will benefit.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Information regarding the availability of grant funds will be posted in and the ACF Funding Opportunities websites as Program Announcements, which will provide details on program objectives for which applications are being solicited and other application requirements. The Administration for Native Americans will provide each applicant with the appropriate forms for the application for Federal Assistance and instructions for applying for grants from Administration for Native Americans programs. Hard copy applications should be submitted to Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management , Division of Discretionary Grants, Aerospace Building 6th Floor East, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Electronic submissions are submitted through

Award Procedures

All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.


Each program announcement specifies the due date for submission of applications.


Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93-644, 88 Stat. 2324, 42 U.S.C. 2991b; Native American Languages Act of 1992, Public Law 102-524, 104 Stat. 883.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants will receive notice of approval/Disapproval approximately 120 days after receipt of application.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR 16.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula for distribution of funds. A matching share of 20 percent of the total approved project cost is required unless waiver is requested in accordance with criteria which are also published in 45 CFR, Part 1336.50.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grantees may apply for competitive continuation support within a project period. Category II, Planning Grants, can be from 12-24 months; Category III, Implementation Grants from 12-36 months; Category IV, Immersion Grants from 12-36 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly Financial Status Reports, Report of Federal Cash Transactions, and Project Progress Reports are required.


Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


Financial records, supporting documents and all other related records pertinent to ANA grants must be maintained for a period of 3 years. If an audit is not completed by the end of 3-year period, or if audit findings have not been resolved, records shall be retained until resolution of the audit findings.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $5,100,000; FY 08 $5,000,000; and FY 09 est $5,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Category I: $50,000 to $100,000, average award $75,000; Category II $50,000 to $150,000 per budget period, average award $100,000. Category III: $50,000 to $200,000 per budget period, average award $150,000. Category IV: $150,000 to $250,000, average award TBD.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services, Mail Stop Aerospace Center 2th Floor-West 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Director of Program Operations, (877) 922-9262.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each program announcement. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the program announcement, project viability, community support, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.

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