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Grants to New Mexico Education Agencies and Charter Schools
to Improve Educational Outcomes Among American Indian Students

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New Mexico Public Education Department (PED)

Deadline Date:

05/22/20 5:00 PM MST


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Grants to New Mexico tribal departments of education, local education agencies, and charter schools for educational opportunities that benefit American Indian students. Funding is intended for programs that result in positive educational outcomes. Grants may be used to support costs related to personnel, professional development, curriculum/resource materials, tribal heritage language support, transportation, lodging, stipends, and other program-related costs.

The purpose of the Indian Education Act (IEA) is to:

  1. Ensure equitable and culturally relevant learning environments, educational opportunities and culturally relevant instructional materials for American Indian students enrolled in public schools.
  2. Ensure maintenance of Native languages.
  3. Provide for the study, development and implementation of educational systems that positively affect the educational success of American Indian students.
  4. Ensure that the department of education partners with tribes to increase tribal involvement and control over schools and the education of students located in tribal communities.
  5. Encourage cooperation among the educational leadership of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation to address the unique issues of educating students in Navajo communities that arise due to the location of the Navajo Nation in those states.
  6. Provide the means for a formal government-to-government relationship between the state and New Mexico tribes and the development of relationships with the education division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other entities that serve American Indian students.
  7. Provide the means for a relationship between the state and urban American Indian community members to participate in initiatives and educational decisions related to American Indian students residing in urban areas.
  8. Ensure that parents; tribal departments of education; community-based organizations; the department of education; universities; and tribal, state and local policymakers work together to find ways to improve educational opportunities for American Indian students.
  9. Ensure that tribes are notified of all curricula development for their approval and support.
  10. Encourage an agreement regarding the alignment of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and state assessment programs so that comparable information is provided to parents and tribes.
  11. Encourage and foster parental involvement in the education of Indian students.

Applications must demonstrate alignment with the IEA. The following are NMPED priority areas that may be used as alignment to the proposed programs:

  • College, Career and Life Readiness
  • Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Education and Social and Emotional Learning: 
  • Culture and Identity Development
  • Increasing Access to Native American Language Programs

For additional information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189438

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $75,000 - $100,000 for New Mexico Tribal and Pueblo Departments of Education
- $50,000 - $90,000 for LEAs and Charters that enroll a significant number of Native American students, as previously determined by the NMPED

Term of Contract:

The resulting contract shall begin upon execution of an intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between NMPED and successful applicants, and is intended to continue through the proposed project period, but not longer than June 30, 2021.

Applicants may propose a project period between one and four years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be made available to tribal departments of education and local education agencies (LEAs) and charter schools serving significant numbers of Native American students.

Eligible applicants must be one of the 23 New Mexico public school districts or seven state-chartered or school district-chartered schools identified as Native-serving institutions and/or any New Mexico tribe,
nation or pueblo. Individual school projects, teacher-led projects, community-led projects, parent-led or student-led projects may be considered if submitted through an LEA or district-chartered school, with only one application permitted per LEA or district-chartered school.

For a list of eligible districts and charter schools, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by May 22, 2020, 5:00 PM MST.

- Issue RFA: April 10, 2020
- Deadline to submit questions: April 24, 2020
- Response to questions: May 1, 2020
- Submission of applications: May 22, 2020
- Evaluation of applications: June 1, 2020 - June 12, 2020
- Selection of grantees: June 15, 2020
- Finalize contractual arrangements: June 15-19, 2020
- Contract awards: July 10, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to Rebecca Reyes at

New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 20-92400-00007

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico

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