Program Description

The purpose of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) program is to assist Native Americans in ensuring the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded projects reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance.

Program areas of interest for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Native American Language Restoration Programs: educational programs that provide instruction in at least one Native American language for the community served, provide teacher training programs for the teachers of Native American languages, develop instructional materials for such language restoration programs, and work toward the goal of increasing fluency and proficiency in at least one Native American language.
  2. The establishment and support of a community Native American language project to bring older and younger Native Americans together to facilitate and encourage the transfer of Native American language skills from one generation to another.
  3. The establishment of a project to train Native Americans to teach a Native American language to others or to enable them to serve as interpreters or translators of such language.
  4. The development, printing, and dissemination of materials to be used for the teaching and enhancement of a Native American language.
  5. The establishment or support of a project to train Native Americans to produce or participate in a television or radio program to be broadcast in a Native American language.
  6. The compilation, transcription, and analysis of oral testimony to record and preserve a Native American language.
  7. The development of language learning apps and other uses of technology to preserve the language.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants under this announcement are:  

  1. Federally-recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  2. Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes
  3. Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes
  4. Consortia of Indian tribes
  5. Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations
  6. Urban Indian Centers
  7. Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or non-profit village consortia
  8. Non-profit native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects
  9. Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose, community-based organizations
  10. Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  11. Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  12. Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians
  13. National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives
  14. Public and non-profit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  15. Tribal Colleges and Universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serve Native American Pacific Islanders.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.  

Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. Information and the requirements for requesting an exemption from required electronic application submission may be requested by phone, mail, or e-mail at:

ANA Help Desk
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Native Americans
330 C St
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Fax: (202) 690-7441

Program Contact Information

Carmelia Strickland

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.587
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Length of Program1-3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program10

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