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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
2022 My Brother’s Keeper Indigenous Education Grant (MBK IEG)


  • UPDATE: Deadline Extended!
    The application deadline for this RFA has been extended. All applications must be postmarked by January 13, 2023.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of the My Brother’s Keeper Indigenous Education Grant (MBK IEG) is to increase the academic achievement and college/career readiness of Native American students, with emphasis on boys and young men.

Grant Term

January 20, 2023-August 31, 2026

The annual grant period year 2-4 is September 1- August 31.

Project Description

The purpose of My Brother’s Keeper Indigenous Education 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 (RFA) process, the Department will fund grants to eligible school districts partnered with New York State Tribal Nations to address seven (7) program components.

Eligibile Applicants

Eligible applicants are public school districts that are contracted with the NYSED Office of Indigenous Education 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 XVII) 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 each year, January 20, 2023, through August 31, 2026, is expected to be $885,000.

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 an 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.

  • Applications must be postmarked by January 13, 2023, to the address below.

    New York State Education Department
    Attention: New York State My Brother’s Keeper Indigenous Education Grant Application
    Office of Family and Community Engagement
    89 Washington Ave., Rm. EBA 960
    Albany, NY 12234
  • Applications are also required to be received by 5:00pm, January 13, 2023, via email to NYSMBK@nysed.gov. The subject line of the email must read as follows: 2022-2026 MBK IEG and the legal name of the applicant school district.

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding this grant must be e-mailed to NYSMBK@nysed.gov by November 10, 2022.

A Q&A Summary will be posted on the NYS MBK website no later than November 17, 2022.

NYSED Designated Contacts

Program: Kimberly.Hardaway@nysed.gov

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document

Last Updated: December 7, 2022