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My Brother’s Keeper Native American Program (MBKNAP) Grant
A New York State My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
Announcement of Funding Opportunity
New York State MBK Native American Program


  • Update 2/16/18: Deadline Extended! New applications are being accepted. All applications must be postmarked by March 9, 2018. For additional information, please review the revised grant application documents.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document Revised 2/16/18

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of the MBK Native American Program is to increase the academic achievement and college/career readiness of Native American students, with emphasis on boys and young men.

Grant Term

March 19, 2018-December 31, 2018

Project Description

The purpose of My Brother’s Keeper Native American Grant is to incentivize and support school districts to accept the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and implement a coherent cradle-to-college/career strategy aimed at improving the life outcomes for disadvantaged Native Americans, with emphasis on boys and young men. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the Department will fund grants to eligible school districts partnered with New York State Tribal Nations to address seven (7) program components.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are public school districts that are contracted with the NYSED Native American Education Unit for tuition, operating costs, and/or transportation. Districts will be allocated funds based on the current count of students within the district who are (a) on an official tribal membership roll of a NYS tribe, or (b) are the child of such an enrolled member, or (c) live on a Federally- Recognized Reservation. New York State tribes include members of the Iroquoian tribes (St. Regis Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca Nation, Tonawanda Band of Seneca, and Tuscarora), the Shinnecock Nation, and Unkechaug Nation. Please see the attached allocation chart (Attachment X) for eligible districts.

Additionally, for this grant opportunity, each school district must also secure a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a local Native American Tribe.

The public school district partner must serve as the applicant/fiscal agent for this grant program.

Amount of Funding

Available funding for this year, March 19, 2018 through December 31, 2018, is expected to be $750,000.

Mandatory Application Requirement(s)

Applications must include a MOA signed by Tribal Leader(s) and district Superintendent to be reviewed for consideration. Applications that do not include a MOA signed by all required partners will not be reviewed for consideration. Letters of support will not be accepted in lieu of a required partner’s signature on the MOA.

Application Deadline

Please submit one original of the full proposal, as well as one electronic copy of the complete application on CD or flash drive, postmarked by March 9, 2018.

New York State Education Department
Attention: NYS MBK Native American Program Application
Office of Family and Community Engagement
89 Washington Ave., Rm. EBA 971
Albany, NY 12234

Applications must be postmarked by March 9, 2018.

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding this grant must be e-mailed to kiap@nysed.gov by 1/26/18. A Q&A Summary will be posted here no later than 2/2/18.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document Revised 2/16/18

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Last Updated: February 16, 2018