- Granting Agency: Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
- Appropriation Amount: $19,000,000
- Grant Amount: Award Ceiling $95,000, Award Floor $37,000, no match
- Announcement Date: May 26, 2021
- Closing Date: June 25, 2021
Purpose: These funds will be used to make emergency awards to eligible recipients to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages during and after the public health emergency with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Native languages and cultures are at a critical point in their existence due to the number of Elders and language speakers that have died as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Native languages are more than just words, as cultural values, tribal customs, and ceremonies are embedded in them (Mmari, Blum, Teufel-Shone, 2010). Additionally, Indigenous languages serve as protective factors for Indigenous communities.
Resources and Documentation (for example language instruction modules, recordings, transcribing, curriculum development, dictionary building)
Instruction (teacher training, professional development, Master-Apprentice)
Technology and Infrastructure (computer and devices, internet enhancements, IT networking)
Planning (survey, community readiness or interest assessment, strategic plan)
Elder or intergenerational engagement (Elder language instruction, Elder storytelling in the language, Elder speaker recordings)
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); Incorporated state-recognized Indian Tribes.