Program Description

The Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP) is authorized by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, Section 116, and is administered by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. The NACTEP provides grants to improve career and technical education programs. NACTEP grant funds are used for expenses associated with developing rigorous academic and technical standards, especially in preparation for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in established or emerging professions; providing professional development to improve the quality of career and technical education teachers, principals, administrators, and counselors; and providing stipends, tuition, books, fees, childcare, counseling, job placement, transportation, supplies, specialized tools and uniforms that are necessary for students to fully and effectively participate in career and technical education programs. Funded programs are designed to provide one or two year certificates or two year degrees. Additional information about the NACTEP can be found on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) website.

General Program Requirements

The eligible entities to apply for awards under the Native American Career and Technical Education Program are: Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations, Alaska Native entities, and Bureau-funded schools, except for a Bureau-funded school proposing to use its award to support secondary school career and technical education programs. Any tribe, tribal organization, Alaska Native entity, or eligible Bureau-funded school may apply individually or as part of a consortium with one or more eligible tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, or eligible Bureau-funded schools. (Eligible applicants seeking to apply for funds as a consortium must meet the requirements in 34 CFR 75.127-75.129, which apply to group applications.)

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

A Federal Register Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP) is tentatively planned for 2017. When the notice is available, information to apply for new awards under the NACTEP will be found at:

Contact: Linda Mayo, Grants Management Specialist, Native American Career and Technical Education Program, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20202-7241, telephone: 202-245-7792, email address:

Program Contact Information

Linda Mayo
Grants Management Specialist

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number84.101
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)3,012
Length of Program2-4 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program31

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