Indian School Equalization Program
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.; Indian Education Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-561, 25 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.; Tribally Controlled Schools Act, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.
To provide funding for primary and secondary education.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used for the education of Indian children in BIA funded schools. Funds may not be used for construction.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribes or tribal organizations currently served by a Bureau of Indian Affairs funded school.
Children between the ages of 5 and 21 who are a member of or are at least a onefourth degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.
Written evidence of approval of the application by the tribal governing body of the students served by or to be served by the school. "Tribal governing body" means the tribal governing body or tribal governing bodies that represent at least 90 percent of the students served by such school.
Application and Award Process
An applicant should consult the Agency/Area Education Program Administrator who will provide technical assistance. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
To become a contract school, applications should be developed in accordance with 25 CFR Part 900. To become a grant school, applications should be developed in accordance with 25 USC 2501 et. seq.
The Agency/Area Education Program Administrator will ensure the application is complete and forward the application to the Director, Office of Indian Education Programs, with a recommendation for approval/disapproval.
Schools must submit their applications and a copy of the tribe's approval of the application by March 1. Evidence that all administrative systems are in place such as accounting, personnel and property must be submitted by July 1.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applications for contract schools will be processed within 90 days; applications for grant schools will be processed within 180 days after the date the application is submitted to the Agency/Area Education Program Administrator.
An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR, Part 900.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Approximately ninety-nine percent of the ISEP funds will be allocated in accordance with the ISEP formula contained in 25 CFR 39. One percent of the funds shall be reserved for the Director's discretion.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds may be paid in advance, are awarded annually on an indefinite basis based on performance, and remain with the Self Determination contractor or grantee until spent.
Post Assistance Requirements
Annual Financial Report, Narrative Report, and a program evaluation by an impartial third party such as an accrediting agency.
For awards made under this program, grantees are responsible for obtaining audits. All nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more of Federal awards in a year ($300,000 for fiscal year ending on or before December 30, 2003) are required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et. seq.) and OMB Circular A-133, the OMB Circular Compliance Supplement and Government Auditing Standards. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 (for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular A-133.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
(Total Available for Awards) FY 07 $211,824,000; FY 08 est $215,800,000; and FY 09 est $219,494,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The estimated range is $119,500 to $7,091,000. The average is $1,700,000 per school.
Approximately 30,000 students are served by 122 tribally operated schools.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR 39; 25 CFR 45; 25 CFR 900.
Regional or Local Office
See Education Line Officers' addresses in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, MS 3609 MIB, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20240. Contact: Joe Herrin. Telephone: (202) 208-7658. Use the same number for FTS.
Web Site Address
15.043, Indian Child And Family Education
15.044, Indian Schools-Student Transportation
15.045, Assistance For Indian Children With Severe Disabilities
Examples of Funded Projects
ISEP funds are used to provide basic education and residential programs to Indian students not served by public or sectarian schools.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applicants meeting eligibility criteria are funded.