Program Description

The purpose of the Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance - Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) program is to provide financial assistance to community-driven projects designed to preserve Native American languages through Native American language nests and Native American language survival schools. ANA is interested in supporting locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Funded EMI projects reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for achieving intended performance. All EMI grants must have a start date of 8/1.

Projects funded under this opportunity must meet one of the following requirements as specified in the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act (42 U.S.C. 2991b-3(b)(7). Pub. L. 109-394):

  1. Native American Language Nests are site-based educational programs that provide child care and instruction in a Native American language for at least 10 children under the age of 7 for an average of at least 500 hours per year per child, provide classes in such languages for parents or legal guardians of children enrolled in such language nests, and must ensure that a Native American language is the medium of instruction in the Native American language nest.
  2. Native American Language Survival Schools are site-based educational programs for school-age students that provide at least 500 hours of Native American language instruction to at least 15 students for whom a Native American language survival school is their principal place of instruction, and which develop instructional courses and materials, provide teacher training, and work toward achieving Native American language fluency and academic proficiency in mathematics, reading, and sciences, and are located in areas that have high numbers or percentages of Native American students.

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 (ANCSA) 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 people 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 that 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 Program3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program6

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