DOE Announces American Indian Resilience in Education (AIRE) for Native Communities during Pandemic

U.S. Department of Education Announces $20 Million In Grants Available to Promote American Indian Resilience in Education for Native Communities during Pandemic

Advancing its commitment to equity, meaningful consultation, and relief for Tribal Nations, the U.S. Department of Education announced approximately $20 million in grants available to Tribal Educational Agencies (TEAs) to meet the urgent needs of students in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The American Indian Resilience in Education (AIRE) grant program will fund culturally relevant projects designed to assist and encourage Indian children and youth to enter, remain in, or reenter school at any grade level from Pre-K through grade 12, that include at least one of the activities from section 6121(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.

The AIRE grant program is a one-time discretionary grant competition authorized under Section 11006(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) to provide awards to TEAs for activities authorized under section 6121(c) of the ESEA. Example activities include: innovative programs, remedial instruction, bilingual or bicultural education, nutritional services, counseling services, early childhood education, services to Indian children with disabilities, college preparation, career skills development, cultural programs that incorporate traditional leadership, and/or professional development activities.  

The Department advanced its commitment to engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration by conducting a virtual Tribal consultation session regarding the AIRE program on April 26, 2021. Consistent with the Department’s trust responsibility to Tribes and its Tribal consultation Policy, the Department consulted with elected officials of federally recognized Tribes to ensure that their views inform the Department’s policy decisions related to the priorities, requirements, and definitions that govern this competition. 



The American Rescue Plan (ARP)-American Indian Resilience in Education (ARP-AIRE) Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) was published in the Federal Register (84.299C).

Opening Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Closing date : Monday, September 13, 2021

For your convenience, the link to the NIA is:



For more information, interested applicants can go to:

-or contact-

Shahla Ortega
Program Officer
Office of Indian Education

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. 20202 email

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