The Department of Education has announced in the attached February 26, 2013, FEDERAL REGISTER notice the availability FY 2013 funds for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP). The notice also provides information regarding a contact at the Department of Education and web addresses for guidelines and application instructions. These funds are authorized under section 116 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Tribes, tribal organizations and tribal consortia are among the eligible applicants. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 28, 2013.
The Department has established two invitational priorities for this grant cycle:
Priority 1–Technology. Proposed projects would focus on improving student achievement or teacher effectiveness through use of high-quality digital tools or materials, including teacher training use of technology to improve instructional skills.
Priority 2–Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. Proposed projects would address one or more of the STEM priorities—increased student access to rigorous and engaging STEM coursework; increased number of or percentage of students prepared for postsecondary/graduate study and careers in STEM; and increased professional development in STEM subjects.
The Department estimates $14.023 million in FY 2013 funds will be available for up to 30 NACTEP grants. Funds for year two of the project period are subject to availability. The estimated minimum award is $300,000 and the maximum award is $600,000; with $450,000 as the estimated average award. No matching funds are required.
Grant recipients may integrate NACTEP funds with assistance received from related programs in accordance with PL 102-477, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992. Grant recipients may also request to operate the project through an Indian Self-Determination Act contract.